Find out below how to apply for or renew a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate. Whether you’re a firearm owner, firearm dealer, shooting club member or planning to travel with firearms, answer a few quick questions and we’ll guide you to the right form and everything you need to complete it.

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Register for or renew a firearms dealer certificate as an individual

How do I apply?

Step 1: Download the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116).

Step 2: Complete parts A, D and E only.

You'll need these details:

  • Your home addresses from the last five years
  • Your previous dealer certificate details (if applicable)


Step 3: Post your completed form and cheque or postal order (payable to OPCC Staffordshire) to:

Firearms & Explosives Licensing Unit
Staffordshire & West Midlands Police
Weston Road
ST18 0YY


How much does it cost?

It costs £200.

What happens after I apply?

We'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.

Otherwise, we'll contact you within six weeks.