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COVID-19 information

Due to the restrictions on movement and social distancing resulting from the COVID-19 health orders, Regulations have been developed under the Firearms Act and the Weapons Prohibition Act:

The provisions in the Regulations are to assist the NSW firearms and weapons community manage their responsibilities while the health orders are in place.

The Firearms Registry continues to operate as business as usual, and does not want any licence holder to be affected adversely because of circumstances outside of their control.

Visit the Registry's COVID-19 Response page for detailed information on, but not limited to:

  • the compliance period for club participation shoots
  • licence obligations such as:
    • mandatory training or accreditation requirements
    • having your photo taken at a service centre.


You must lodge your online renewal application before the licence expiry date. This is necessary so that your authority to possess or use firearms under your current licence will continue, while your renewal is being processed.

The Firearms Registry will send you a letter when your licence is within 90 days of expiring. They will send you a second letter within 30 days of your licence expiring. If you haven't renewed it within 7 days of its expiry date, they will send you an SMS reminder or contact you by phone.

Changes to your current licence must be made before you renew.

The Firearms Registry will email you when the change(s) have been made, and/or approval has been given, and you can then go ahead with your renewal.

If your firearms licence is due to expire within the next 5 working days, and you want to add or delete a category, it's recommended that you contact the Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 before you request any changes.

Note: You have a legal obligation as a licence or permit holder to notify the Firearms Registry of any changes to your personal details.


You must be a resident of NSW and:

  • hold a current NSW individual firearms licence that is within 90 days of expiring, or
  • have received your notification from the Firearms Registry advising you to lodge your licence renewal online
  • have completed any changes to your current licence and received confirmation from the Firearms Registry that the changes have been processed. Changes could include:

What you need

  • a MyServiceNSW Account linked to the NSW Police Force
  • your current firearms licence number (located on the front of your licence)
  • details of the address/s where you'll safely store your firearms (if applicable)
  • documentation to support your genuine reason/category (if applicable)
  • a current credit card (Visa or Mastercard) for your payment, or
  • a copy of your current pensioner card (if you've been approved for a fee exemption).

Note: All documentation (certificates, documents, letters, licences, concession cards) must be in a digital format for uploading. Accepted file types are BMP, DOC, DOCX, JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF, XLS, XLSX with a 5MB size limit.

How to renew

  1. Gather all your digital/scanned documentation, and have it ready for uploading. You cannot save and resume your renewal application once you have started.
  2. Check you meet all the eligibility requirements.
  3. Select the ‘Renew online’ button.
  4. Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  5. Link your MyServiceNSW Account to the NSW Police Force.
  6. Complete the online renewal form.
  7. Upload your supporting documentation (if requested).
  8. Enter your payment details.
  9. Read and confirm the declaration.
  10. Review and submit your renewal.
  11. Service NSW will send you an email confirming your renewal application has been successfully submitted.

More information

  • The Firearms Registry will send you a letter confirming that your renewal application is being processed. You are also able to check:
  • If you added a firearm category, the legislated mandatory 28-day waiting period will apply to the additional firearm category. 
  • If your renewal is approved, you'll receive a Photograph Advice letter requesting you to attend a service centre to have your photo taken. Make sure you do this before your Photograph Advice expires. The licence will be sent to you by post.
  • Primary producers whose sole genuine reason for their licence is primary production are eligible for fee exemption.
  • Approved fee exemptions are automatically applied during the online renewal process.