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.

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Add additional firearm(s) or ammunition to a current certificate

How do I apply?

Step 1: Download, complete and sign the Application to Vary a Firearm Certificate (Form 201V).

You'll need these details:

  • your current firearms certificate
  • the name and address of your current UK GP or UK GP practice
  • any physical or mental health conditions
  • any previous convictions
  • firearm(s) you wish to vary and why


Step 2: There's no charge for an increase in ammunition. For additional firearms make out a cheque or postal order for £20, payable to PCC for Gloucestershire.

We can't accept cash.

Step 3: Post the completed form, cheque or postal order and your current firearms certificate to:

Firearms Licensing
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Criminal Justice Department
County Police Headquarters
No 1 Waterwells
Waterwells Drive
GL2 2AN 


How much does it cost?

It's free to add ammunition. 

To add firearms costs £20.

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 or arrange a home visit.

Otherwise, you should receive your updated certificate within eight weeks.