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Firearms licensing

Paying Online – 12/08/2020

With effect 12/08/2020, you may also pay your fee using an online payment direct from your bank account. Please see the Fees section below.

COVID-19 Update – 30/07/2020

Due to the relaxing of the COVID-19 regulations, we will begin to process grant applications with effect 03/08/2020 – please go to the News Section for further information

Firearms Licensing 

We will aim to process renewal applications in 8 weeks and grant applications in 12 weeks. This will however, be subject to all required information being received and enquiries completed. 

If you are applying for the renewal of certificates we would advise you to acquire ammunition prior to submitting your application, thereby not leaving you in a position where you cannot shoot.  Temporary permits will be issued to allow you to continue to use your firearms and shotguns until such time as you in possession of your renewed firearm and/or shotgun certificate.

If you think you may require a variation to your firearm certificate but are considering waiting until your firearm certificate is due for renewal we would recommend you make a variation application rather than waiting.  If you do not have an urgent requirement for a particular firearm you may wait until you make your renewal application.

To avoid delays in processing your application please ensure your application form is fully completed and any relevant supporting information provided.  Listed below are common issues which can be avoided:

  • Photograph as specified on the application forms and in the help and guidance section - click here. 
  • Cheque not signed
  • Payee incorrect on cheque – This should be “The PCC For Cumbria”
  • Incorrect application form – out of date – Please check this website for the correct form
  • Application form not signed and declaration section not completed
  • Incomplete questions – Please read the supporting notes and complete all questions relevant to your application
  • No previous address if moved within 5 years - All previous addresses in the last 5 years must be provided
  • Referees – Not always 2 referees when applying for a firearm certificate

If you have any firearms or ammunition that you do not wish to keep, you can hand them into your local Police station free of charge. More information click here

Applying for Firearms

Forms buttonClick here: to download firearm and shotgun application forms

Fees buttonClick here: for fees applicable to grants or renewals from 6th April 2015 

Help buttonClick here: for firearms information and guidance

News buttonClick here: for latest firearms news

Contact the Firearms Licensing department:


Firearms Licensing Unit         
Police Headquarters         
Carleton Hall         
CA10 2AU 

In Person: Follow signs at Carleton Hall, Mon–Fri 08:30–16:30 

If you have any firearms or ammunition that you do not wish to keep, you can hand them into your local Police station free of charge. More information click here

Please contact us from the above channels in the first instance and if you have issues getting the response you need then contact us by:

Fax: 0330 124 0977

Tel: 0330 124 0941 (voicemail out of office hours)