When you apply for a NSW firearms licence you must provide evidence of your genuine reason for the possession and use of firearms.
The protection of yourself or another person is not considered a genuine reason.
Genuine reasons determine:
- the category of licence issued
- the type of firearm you’re authorised to possess and use.
You can have more than one genuine reason on your firearms licence.
Firearms licences are issued for 2 or 5 years with the exception of:
- first time applicants for a category H firearm licence with the genuine reason of:
- target shooting, who will be subject to a probationary pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
- business or employment as an armed security guard, who will be subject to a provisional pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
Note: If you're applying for a genuine reason or category other than the above, you may need to be issued with a separate licence.
- primary producers engaged in an authorised eradication campaign who may be eligible for a 12-month category D licence.
A fee is attached to a licence application, however you may be eligible for a fee exemption.
You must be a resident of NSW and:
- at least 18 years of age
- be a fit and proper person to have access to firearms
- have successfully completed a firearms course applicable to the type of firearm licence you're applying for
- be able to justify your genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account linked to the NSW Police Force
- a copy of your firearms safety awareness certificate or pistol safe handling certificate
- details of the address(s) where you'll safely store your firearms
- documentation to support each genuine reason/category
- a current credit card for your payment (if applicable).
In addition, depending on your genuine reason(s):
- if you’re applying for a licence over and above a category A firearms licence, you need:
- evidence that a ‘special need’ exists for a category B,C,D or H licence
- the reason(s) why the special need cannot be met by using another category of firearm.
- if you're applying for a category H firearm licence with the genuine reason of business or employment as an armed security guard, you need:
- a copy of your current 1F security licence
- a current firearms safety training accreditation certificate
- a letter of intent and endorsement from an approved master licensee.
How to apply
- Check the eligibility requirements.
- Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
- Log into, or sign up for, your MyServiceNSW Account.
- Link to the NSW Police Force.
- Complete the online application form.
- Upload your supporting documentation.
- Enter your payment details (if requested).
- Read and confirm the declaration.
- Review and submit your application.
To claim a fee exemption you must supply proof of your exemption status. Fee exemptions can be claimed during the online process for:
- primary producers whose sole genuine reason for their licence is primary production
- holders of the following current concession cards who are applying for an A,B or H firearms licence only:
- Centrelink Pension Card
- Disability Card
- Veterans' Affairs Card (including concession and health care card).
- it is an offence to store firearms at premises where no-one resides. Please refer to the following Safe Storage FACT sheets for more information:
- once you've submitted your application there's a mandatory 28-day cooling off period during which thorough background checks will be conducted.