Firearms Licensing


Please be aware that when applying for the grant or renewal of a firearms or shotgun certificate we would request you complete the non mandatory social media accounts declaration and submit with the application form 201.



Please be aware that we are currently experiencing some issues with the National Licensing database, specifically with printing conditions and authorities on Firearms Certificates. This may mean that you have recently received a new certificate that is missing key information. Please check your recent certificates and email the department if you have been affected by this issue.  



From Monday12th April 2021, we will be accepting Grant and Variation applications.


With regard to Grant applications, we will contact you for payment by debit/credit card. The Grant process will then currently take a minimum of 20 weeks.

There is no requirement, during this time, to contact us for an update, as a Firearms Enquiry Officer will be in contact to arrange the home interview.


For Variation applications, there is no requirement to send your Firearm Certificate with the application (201v). The Variation process will take a minimum of 12 weeks

Where a fee is applicable we will contact you for payment, once your application has been approved. In all cases we will contact you at the point of approval to arrange the return of your current certificate, in order for the approved variation(s) to be applied. There is no requirement to contact us during this time. 




Please be aware of the recent changes to the Law on Antique Firearms.

If this affects you please refer to the attached word document, as guidance from the Home Office.



19/01/2021 -

Please be aware that the majority of staff are working remotely, outside the office, at present and as such are contacting you via mobile telephones.

During the current Lockdown restrictions they will leave a mobile number for you to contact them on, specific to that member of the team and your enquiry/application.

If you leave a voicemail message on the usual office landline numbers, it may well be some time before this is monitored and responded to. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes, as we continue to adapt to new working practices.

07/01/2021 -

Until further notice due to the latest CoVid lockdown restrictions, staff will be working in a remote agile capacity. Due to this there will some disruption to our normal operating practices.

This will mean that the daily telephone access between 10 & 11am will have to cease with immediate effect. Our email facility is constantly monitored between Monday and Friday.

Until further notice we would ask you to consider the necessity for Grant Applications, Variation Applications and non-essential requests as they will be significantly delayed and highly unlikely to be processed during this period, as we are looking to reduce home visits and non-essential travel. This will be reviewed in line with Government guidance and advice.

Any Grant or Variation received from this time forward with be returned.

Grants that have been received and payment processed will be held in abeyance and prioritised accordingly, once restrictions allow non-essential visits.

If you have been visited by a Firearms Enquiry Officer as part of a Grant Application, this will continue to be processed.

We continue to process all Renewal Applications as a priority. If we have taken payment, these are being processed. Where a Renewal Application payment is required, we will contact you and take a card payment via your preferred contact number as we no longer accept cheques or postal orders.



  • Variation Payment - All variation applications are subject to assessment and if approved, we will contact you for payment. Unless requested otherwise, please don't contact the office to make payment.


  • We are no longer able to accept cheques for payment of applications. All payments will now be taken by credit or debit card.
  • Once we receive your application we will phone you for payment. If you have not been contacted within 4 working days of submitting your application (not variations) please contact the department. A delay in receiving payment may result in a delay in processing your application.


  • Please note our telephone lines are open between 10am - 11am (Mon - Fri) for urgent enquiries. Our voicemail service remains unchanged but delays may occur with a response. We recommend contact via [email protected] which is monitored between 8am - 3pm (Mon - Fri)


About us

The Department is responsible for issuing just short of 14,000 certificates for firearms, shotguns and explosives to residents within West Yorkshire. We also provide information and advice for Police Officers, Police Staff and members of the public relating to the lawful ownership of firearms.

The primary objectives of the West Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing Department are to

  • Protect public safety by preventing foreseeable or avoidable harm;
  • Deliver an efficient licensing process that is proportionate, rigorous, cost effective, fair and timely;
  • Provide a fair and transparent service to the public.


Firearms Licensing Application Forms and Fees

To apply for a firearm or shotgun certificate, please read the below information carefully.

Download and print the appropriate statutory form from the 'Forms' section below and make sure you physically sign it. Please use the following check list before sending:

  • Have you enclosed one photograph?
  • Do not enclose payment in the form of cheques or postal order as these are no longer accepted. WE will contact you for a card payment when we receive your application
  • Have you completed the application form?

Please note, the photograph provided must be a recent photograph and of a true likeness. If your application is not fully complete, it will be returned to you with a compliment slip. This will delay the grant or renewal process.


Please send all correspondence to:

Firearms Licensing Department

West Yorkshire Police

PO Box 9




*PLEASE NOTE, we no longer accept cheques or postal orders as payment* 

Payments can be made via debit/credit card over the telephone.

Please note, we cannot accept cash payments.

Once we receive your application (grants & renewals only) we will phone you for payment. If you have not been contacted within 4 working days of submitting your application, please contact the department. A delay in receiving payment may result in a delay in processing your application.

Grant of Firearm Certificate


Renewal of Firearm Certificate


Grant of Shotgun Certificate


Renewal of Shotgun Certificate


Co-terminous Grant of Shotgun and Firearm Certificates


Co-terminous Renewal of Shotgun and Firearm Certificates


Co-terminous Grant of Shotgun Certificate and Renewal of Firearm Certificate


Co-terminous Grant of Firearm Certificate and Renewal of Shotgun Certificate


Grant / Renewal of Registered Firearms Dealer


Individual Visitors’ Permit


Group of Visitors’ Permit (groups of six or more)


Grant of Game Fairs


Replacement Certificate


Firearms Variation (not like for like)



Please note, if you are submitting a Form 201V to vary firearm certificate as a target shooter, in the good reason box found in Section 13 of the form, please state the discipline(s) for which the firearm is requested (such as prone, single shot precision, gallery, practical shotgun, etc.) as this will save us from coming back to you for this information.

One for one variations are free of charge (providing the application is received within 7 days of sale). However, if you would like to add any additional authorities this will cost £20 per application.

Form 201 - Application for the Grant and Renewal of a Firearm and/or Shotgun Certificate
Form 201V - Application to Vary a Firearm Certificate
Form ER4 - Grant and Renewal of an Explosives Certificate (Business, Individual or Corporate Body)
Form ER4a - Grant of an Explosives Certificate (Use in a Firearm or Shotgun)
Form ER4b - Renewal of an Explosives Certificate (Use in a Firearm or Shotgun)
ER2 Storage Licence Application
Form 107 - Application for a Visitor's Firearm or Shotgun Permit
Form 107 - Application for a Visitor's Firearm or Shotgun Permit (Continuation Form)
Form 116 - Application for Registration as a Firearms Dealer
Form 116a - Notification by a Registered Firearms Dealer of a Place of Business Not Already Entered in the Register

Contact Us

In an emergency, always dial 999!

The Firearms Licensing Department work Monday - Friday. You can contact us in one of the following ways:



Firearms Licensing Department

West Yorkshire Police

PO Box 9





[email protected]

Where possible please use email as the preferred method of contact


01924 292310, 292312, 292330

Our telephone lines are currently on voicemail to accept non urgent calls. Please leave a voicemail message and will contact you Mon - Fri between 8am and 4pm 



You can find us on Twitter for updates and useful information: @WYP_FirearmsLic  

Have you purchased or sold a firearm? Have you moved house? Click here for our online notification forms. 


Click here to read security advice from BASC and the National Crime Agency.


Learn more about Firearms Licensing on GOV.UK

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