Firearms Licensing FAQs
Who do I make cheques payable to?
Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire
Where do I send my application to?
Our address is:
Firearms Licensing Department
South Yorkshire Police Headquarters
5 Carbrook Hall Road
Sheffield S9 2EH
Tel: 0114 2011543/4/5/6/7
Who is a prohibited person?
A person who has been sentenced to imprisonment, detention or corrective training for a term of three years or more, is permanently prohibited from having any firearms or ammunition in their possession. This means for life and includes all firearms, even air weapons.
A person sentenced to imprisonment, detention or corrective training for a period of over three months but less than three years is prohibited form possessing firearms and ammunition for five years from date of release.
It is an offence to sell or transfer firearms and ammunition to a person you have grounds to believe may be prohibited.
Do I need to declare previous convictions?
Yes, including all cautions, traffic convictions and any convictions received abroad.
What do I do if I move house?
Inform the Firearms Licensing Department in writing detailing your new address and any new phone numbers. Include your certificate in order that it can be updated. A security check may need to be carried out. For any change of address out of the South Yorkshire Police force area your file will be transferred to the relevant police force's licensing department.
What do I do if I lose my certificate?
Report the loss to a local police station and inform the Firearms Licensing Department in writing detailing the reference number which will be given to you at the local police station. A fee of £8 is required for a new shotgun certificate and £9 for a firearm certificate.
Can I use my Firearms or Shotgun Certificate as a form of identification?
A number of organisations notably banks/building societies and phone companies include Firearm and Shotgun Certificates as acceptable identification. However this has obvious security implications and certificate holders would be well advised to refrain from using their certificates for anything other than their intended purpose.
What is a "one-for-one" variation?
A "one-for-one" variation is a variation of a Firearms Certificate whereby an authority is added to replace a weapon which has been disposed of. This type of variation is free of charge. To qualify you must submit a variation application form within seven days of the disposal of the firearm.
If you wish to increase the number of weapons held on your certificate the fee for the variation is £26.
How long does the application process take?
Every effort will be made to ensure each application is processed within 8 to 12 weeks of a correctly completed application being received.