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Firearms Application Form Referees

As of 01 April 2016, a new Form 201 replaced the previous Form 201, and 201A. Form 202 has also been replaced by Form 201V. When applying for a firearms certificate, you should have gained the permission of two people who have agreed to act as referees for you. YOU must complete Part F with their details.

When applying for a shotgun certificate, the requirement for a countersignatory has changed. You should have gained the permission of one person to act as a referee for you. YOU must complete Part F with their details.

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. They must be of good character and any references they agree to provide must be given freely and not on payment.

For the grant or renewal of a firearms certificate, the Firearms Acts require an applicant to supply the details of two people who have agreed to act as referees on Part F & G of the application form.

When applying for co-terminous certificates a total of two referees are still required. However, due to changes in the application forms with effect from 1st December 2013, the requirement for a countersignatory has been replaced with the request for one referee. When applying for a Shotgun Certificate you must provide details of one person who has agreed to act as a referee in part F of the form.

Who can act as a referee?

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.