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Firearms Licensing

Issuing certificates for firearms, shotguns and explosives.

The Firearms Licensing Department is responsible for issuing certificates for firearms, shotguns and explosives to residents within the Sussex Police area.

Applying for a Licence

To apply for a Firearm/Shotgun Certificate please download and complete the grant/renewal form.

Alternatively application forms can be obtained from any police station.

Guidance on completing forms

  • Please read the accompanying notes (included with the form in the download) carefully as you are required to supply payment and one photograph.
  • Please remember to sign and date the form on pages 1 and 7 by hand once printed.
  • Check the amount you must pay in our fees section.

Returning your form

Please send all forms to the following address:

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Unit
Sussex Police Headquarters
Malling House
Church Lane
East Sussex


Applicants should post their completed forms as soon as possible. Only in exceptional circumstances should applicants pre-arrange personal delivery, and this can only be accommodated between 8am - 3pm Monday – Friday by appointment only.