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Firearms Licensing Unit
Staffordshire Police
Weston Road
ST18 0YY

Tel: 01785 232790
Fax: 01785 218722
Email: Firearms Licensing (Opens in new window)

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Firearms and Explosives Licensing

The Staffordshire & West Midlands Firearms and Explosives Licensing is responsible for the management of all aspects of the licensing of firearms/shotguns and explosives including the issue of certificates to individuals, gun clubs, firearms dealers and visitors permits. We aim to provide a high quality delivery of service with due regard for public safety and to support the legal, safe and secure possession of firearms within the Staffordshire & West Midlands area.

The unit provides an advisory service to the public, police officers and the shooting sports community.

On this site you will find checklist guidance for the completion of application forms for firearm/shotgun certificates, plus RFD & visitor information, including current fees. Please follow the appropriate checklists carefully to avoid unnecessary delay to your application and if you have any queries please contact us. This unit is open for telephone enquiries Monday-Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm. We have also included some basic advice about firearm safety and security together with answers to our most frequently asked questions.  


The Form 101, Form 103 and Form 125 will no longer be accepted as of 1st January 2014. 
The Firearms and Shotgun Grant/Renewal application forms have been replaced with a Form 201 and accompanying notes Form 201A.  For variations Form 202.
Due to changes in the forms the process of a seperate referee Form 125 has changed and is now included within Form 201(Part F).
Due to changes in the application forms the requirement for a countersignature has been replaced with the request for one referee.
When applying for a firearm certificate, two people who have agreed to act as referees must complete Part F (i & ii) and when applying for a shotgun certificate one person who has agreed to act as a referee must complete part F(i).
The referee(s) who have agreed to act for you must have known you personally for at least two years and must be resident in Great Britain.  Referees must not be a member of your family, a registered firearms dealer, a serving police officer or police employee.  Referees must be of good character and references must be given freely and not on payment.



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