When applying for a NSW firearms licence, a business, club or government agency must nominate a licence holder or, if the business is a corporation, a 'nominated person'.

The nominated licence holder or person must complete the application on behalf of the business, club or government agency.

Evidence of a genuine reason for the possession and use of a firearm must be provided.

There can be more than one genuine reason on a firearms licence.

Firearms licences are issued for either a 2-year or 5-year term.

A fee is attached to this application. Fee exemptions are only applicable to businesses with the genuine reason of primary production.


The nominated licence holder/person 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 safety training course applicable to the type of firearm licence they're applying for
  • be able to justify the genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm.

What you need

The nominated licence holder/person will need:

  • proof of identity documents such as their driver licence and Medicare card
  • a MyServiceNSW Account
  • a copy of their firearms safety awareness certificate or pistol safe handling certificate
  • details of the address(s) where they'll safely store the firearms
  • documentation to support each genuine reason/category
  • a current credit card for payment (if applicable).

In addition, depending on their genuine reason(s):

  • if they’re applying for a licence over and above a category A firearms licence, they may need to provide evidence that a ‘special need’ exists for a category B,C,D or H licence.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  2. You will be taken to the NSW Police Force Community Self Service Portal.
  3. Check that you have all the documentation required.
  4. Select 'Log in with Service NSW'.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete your application.


To apply for, renew or update a firearms licence or permit with the Firearms Registry (NSW Police Force), you'll need to create or log in with a MyServiceNSW Account.

By logging in you consent to sharing your name and email address in your MyServiceNSW Account with the NSW Police Force.

The Firearm licences and permits – Privacy collection notice – PDF explains how your personal information will be handled once it is shared by Service NSW.

More information

If you have any questions relating to firearms licences, please call the Firearms Registry customer service line on 1300 362 562, between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Last updated: 1 February 2024