How to apply for a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate
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.
We are temporarily unable to process any new applications for the grant of shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates. This is due to home visits no longer being possible, following government guidance on the need for social distancing. Renewal applications are currently still being processed. Please contact us online if you have any questions.
Update a certificate to include less than 15kg of explosives for use in a firearm
How do I apply?
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Explosives Regulations 2014.
Step 2: Download and complete the Application for Renewal of an Explosive Certificate for Blackpowder to be Used in Firearms form (Form ER4B).
You'll need these details:
- your firearm or shotgun certificate (if applicable)
- your previous explosives certificate (if applicable)
In this form you'll also need to specify whether you plan to acquire only, or acquire and keep, the explosives.
Step 3: Post your completed form to:
Firearms and Explosives Licensing Unit
Sussex Police Headquarters
How much does it cost?
It's free to update your certificate.
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.