Firearms Licensing & Applications

How do I apply for a firearms licence?

You can apply for a firearms licence online via the NSW Police Force Community Portal. To complete your online licence application, you will need:

  • A MyServiceNSW Account 
  • Proof of identity documents (e.g. Driver licence and Birth Certificate) - Note: the name on your proof of identity documents must be exactly the same as the name on your Service NSW account
  • One of the following:
  • A firearms safety training certificate, or Your previously held firearms licence number, or Your current interstate firearms licence number
  • Supporting documents for your Genuine Reason 
  • If you are applying for a firearms licence over and above a category A firearms licence, you will need to provide evidence of a ‘special need’. Select a reason from the options provided which most closely describes your special need to possess or use the selected firearm category 
  • A current credit card (Visa or Mastercard) for payment, if applicable

Genuine Reason

To make an application for a firearms licence you must be able to prove a genuine reason for possessing and using a firearm. Note: Personal protection or the protection of another person does not constitute a genuine reason for possession and use of a firearm. Additionally, the protection of property does not constitute a genuine reason for possession and use of a firearm, other than for the genuine reason of Business Security Industry.

There are eight genuine reasons for obtaining a firearms licence:

  • Sport/Target Shooting - target shooting activities as a club member on an approved target shooting range.
  • Recreational Hunting/Vermin Control - hunting and vermin control on rural land where the person is the owner/occupier or has permission to shoot from an owner/occupier or a government agency.
  • Primary Production - the business of Primary Production.
  • Vertebrate Pest Animal Control - Contract shooters or officers of prescribed government agencies needing to suppress vertebrate pest animals or primary producers participating in an authorised eradication campaign.
  • Business or Employment - Security business, security guards, commercial fisherman, or other businesses who can demonstrate a genuine need for a firearms licence.
  • Rural Occupation - a person employed or engaged in a rural occupation and who requires the use of firearms.
  • Animal Welfare - RSPCA or Animal Welfare League employees, veterinary practitioners, employees of the Department of Lands or Local Land Services, or an owner, transporter, drover or other handler of animals which require the use of firearms.
  • Firearms Collection - a person who is a member of an approved collectors' society or collectors' club wishing to collect firearms. The firearms must have a genuine historic, thematic, financial or commemorative value.

Firearms Safety Training With your online application you must provide one of the following:

  • Details of your previously held NSW firearms licence under the Firearms Act 1996 (the Act) for the same category of licence for which you are now applying, or 
  • Details of your currently issued interstate firearms licence for the same category of licence for which you are now applying, or 
  • Upload a copy of the certificate you obtained when you successfully completed the firearms safety training course.
How much will my firearms licence cost?
A personal firearms licence is issued for 2 or 5 years.
  1. 2 year licence = $100
  2. 5 year licence = $200
  3. Probationary Pistol Licence = $100 for one year
  4. Provisional Pistol (Business/Employment) Licence = $250 for one year Payment is made by credit card at the time of completing your online application


Prohunt Outfitters is a registered training location to complete your NSW Firearms Safety Training. Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page or give us a call on (02) 66214579 to organise your course today!

A Safe Shooting course is a mandatory requirement for anyone seeking to obtain a Firearms Licence in NSW.


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