New Firearm Licence Application

The Genuine Reasons applicable to a firearm licence are listed below. Please review the requirements for the genuine reason you wish to select to ensure that you can meet all the requirements. The Licence Category and Genuine Reason Table also shows the categories of licence applicable to each genuine reason.

Once you have determined the appropriate genuine reason and category of licence, you can apply for an individual firearm licence online via Service NSW: www.service.nsw.gov.au

To complete your online application you will need:

  • A MyServiceNSW Account linked to NSW Police Force
  • Firearms Safety Training Certificate
  • Supporting documents for your Genuine Reason and Special Need
  • A credit card for payment of the licence fee (if applicable)

Fee exemptions will be automatically applied during the online application process to:

  • Primary producers with the sole genuine reason of primary production
  • Pensioners applying for a Category A, B or H firearm licence who hold a Centrelink pension concession card, disability card or Veteran's Affairs card (including concession and health care cards).

Documents supporting your claim to a primary producer or pensioner fee exemption must be attached to your online application.

Go to Frequently Asked Questions - New Licence Application

NOTE:

If you submitted a paper-based firearms licence application prior to the launch of the new online application, please be advised there is no need to apply again via the online application. All applications (whether paper-based or online) will be treated equally and as a priority.

Genuine Reasons

Sport / Target Shooting

Sport / Target Shooting Genuine Reason

This genuine reason applies to a person who wishes to participate in Sport/Target Shooting activities as a current member of an approved Target Shooting Club.

Note: The Club must be authorised for target shooting and approved for conducting competitions or activities for the type of firearm authorised by the category of licence for which you are making application. For example, if your club is approved for AB target shooting activities only, then membership of this club would support an application for a category A & B firearms licence application only.

For further information refer to:

Recreational Hunting / Vermin Control

Recreational Hunting / Vermin Control Genuine Reason

This genuine reason applies to a person who wishes to participate in recreational hunting/vermin control (RHVC) activities as:

  1. A current member of an approved club, or
  2. The owner/occupier of rural land, or
  3. A person who has permission to shoot from an owner/occupier of rural land, or
  4. A person who has permission to shoot from a prescribed government agency, including the Department of Primary Industries.

For further information refer to:

Primary Production

Primary Production Genuine Reason

This genuine reason authorises a primary producer to possess and use a firearm in connection with farming & grazing activities.

The authority of the licence is ONLY for land that the applicant owns, manages or leases for the business of primary production, except in the case of a category C licence issued to a primary producer. In this case the primary producer may possess and use a firearm to which a category C licence applies on land which is used for primary production that immediately adjoins their own land provided they have the prior written permission of the owner or occupier of that adjoining land.

An Employee Authority authorising possession and use of a Category C type firearm registered to a primary producer is available for a person employed by a primary producer. To apply, see the link below.

For further information refer to:

Vertebrate Pest Animal Control

Vertebrate Pest Animal Control (VPAC) Genuine Reason

This genuine reason applies to a person who wishes to use firearms for the control or suppression of vertebrate pest animals as:

  • A professional contract shooter engaged or employed to control vertebrate pest animals on rural land, or
  • An authorised officer or employee of a prescribed Government Agency, or
  • A Primary Producer taking part in an Authorised Eradication Campaign run by or on behalf of a government agency or public authority to eradicate large feral animals or animals that are affected by brucellosis or tuberculosis.

For further information refer to:

  • FACT Sheet - Vertebrate Pest/Animal Control (VPAC) Genuine Reason (PDF)
  • Business or Employment

    Business or Employment - Security Industry - Business or Security Guard

    For information in relation to a firearms licence for the genuine reason of Business or Employment for a Security Business or for a Security guard, please refer to our Security Industry Firearms page:

    Business or Employment - Commercial Fishing

    This genuine reason applies to a person who owns and operates a commercial fishing business or to a person employed in the fishing industry. Proof of employment as a commercial fisherman will need to accompany this application.

    For further information refer to:

    Business or Employment - Business Other

    This genuine reason form applies to a person who is in Business or Employment other than the Security Industry or Commercial Fishing. An example of this type of licence is a licence issued to a Council for the purpose of eradication of wild dogs etc.

    For further information refer to:

    Rural Occupation

    Occupational requirements relating to rural purposes - Rural Occupation

    This genuine reason form applies to a person who is employed or engaged in a Rural Occupation.

    This genuine reason could apply to an employee of a primary producer or a family member of the primary producer to whom the genuine reason of Primary Production does not apply.

    For further information refer to:

    Animal Welfare

    Animal Welfare Genuine Reason

    This genuine reason is for those people who work with or handle animals and need a firearm for the humane destruction of stock. There are four genuine reason forms for persons involved in animal welfare activities:

    1. An officer of the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League who is a special constable, or
    2. A veterinary practitioner, or
    3. An employee of the Department of Primary Industries or the Local Land Services AND who has responsibility for animal welfare, or
    4. The owner, transporter, drover or other handler of animals who may need to humanely destroy animals.

    For further information refer to:

  • FACT Sheet - Animal Welfare Genuine Reason (PDF)
  • Firearms Collection

    Firearms Collection Genuine Reason

    This genuine reason applies to a person who collects firearms as a current member of a collectors' society or collectors' club approved by the Commissioner of Police. The collection must have a proven genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value.

    A Firearm Collector licence allows for the possession of firearms only, not their use.

    In addition, there are specific requirements for the storage of firearms forming part of the collection. Section 20(e) of the Firearms Act 1996 and clause 36 of the Firearms Regulation 2017 provide further information on the requirements which must be met for safe storage of firearms kept as a firearms collection. There is also a FACT Sheet 'Safe Storage Level 9 - Firearms Collector' available on the Safe Storage page.

    NOTE: This licence does not authorise the collection of ammunition. For information on collection of ammunition see Ammunition Collection Permit.

    For further information refer to:

    Firearm Licence Reapplication

    Firearms Registry customers can now reapply for their firearm licence online via Service NSW. Please see the FACT Sheet below for information.

    Go to Frequently Asked Questions - Firearm Licence Reapplication

    Changes to an Existing Licence

    Add a Licence Category and/or Genuine Reason to an existing firearm licence

    Firearm licence holders can now add a licence category and/or genuine reason to their existing firearm licence using the online licence application via Service NSW: www.service.nsw.gov.au

    Delete a Genuine Reason or Licence Category from an existing firearm licence

    To delete a genuine reason or licence category from an existing firearm licence or to cancel a firearm licence, please use the form below.

    Business Licence

    You can now apply for a new business firearm licence, reapply for a business firearm licence and add a category to a business firearm licence online via Service NSW: www.service.nsw.gov.au

    To complete your online application you will need:

    • A MyServiceNSW Account linked to NSW Police Force
    • Supporting documents for your Genuine Reason and Special Need
    • A credit card for payment of the licence fee

    Please refer to the relevant Genuine Reason FACT Sheet for details of the supporting documents to attach to your online business licence application.

    Go to Frequently Asked Questions - Business Licence Application

    For any enquiries regarding licensing related issues, please email the Firearms Registry Licensing Team: frlicensing@police.nsw.gov.au.