Apply for this licence

Start now on the Police Service of Northern Ireland website (PDF, 101KB)


You need police approval if you hold a Great Britain (GB) firearm certificate and wish to possess firearms/ammunition in Northern Ireland.

You must apply at least 4 weeks before your proposed visit.

How to apply

Download an application form from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) website.

Return your completed form and a copy of your current GB firearm or shotgun certificate to the PSNI Firearms and Explosives Branch.

Firearms and Explosives Branch
Police Service of Northern Ireland
42 Montgomery Road

You must apply for a Visitor’s Firearm Permit if you’re not a resident of Northern Ireland or GB. You will need a resident Northern Ireland sponsor to apply on your behalf.

Fines and penalties

You may be fined or imprisoned if you possess firearms or ammunition, or both, without the necessary certificates.