Fire Arm License and Renewal

How to Apply for a license

About applying for a new firearm license

Before you may possess a firearm, you must obtain a firearm license from the South African Police Service. You need a license for every firearm that you possess.

Potential firearm owners must successfully undergo the prescribed training at an accredited training institution and obtain a training proficiency certificate.  For a list of accredited training institutions, click here.

What you should do

  1. You must successfully pass the prescribed test to prove your knowledge of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 as well as the prescribed training and practical test regarding the safe and efficient handling of a firearm at an accredited training provider.
  2. On receipt of the training certificate from an accredited training provider or the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (Sasseta), you must apply to the SAPS for a competency certificate. You must complete the SAPS 517 (Application for a competency certificate) form.
  3. Submit the application together with the following supporting documentation to the designated firearms officer (DFO) situated in the area where you ordinarily reside:
    • Your official identity document
    • Your original training certificate issued by an accredited training provider (Sasseta)
    • Two unobscured passport-size color photographs (with a neutral background) that are not older than three months
    • Any other supporting documents.
  4. After you have obtained a competency certificate, you must complete the relevant sections of the SAPS 271 form (Application for a license to possess a firearm).
  5. Submit the completed SAPS 271 form to the DFO in the area where you ordinarily reside.
  6. Take the following documents with you to the DFO:
    • Your original, official identity document
    • Your original competency certificate
    • Letter of appointment as executor, if the firearm was inherited
    • Two unobscured passport-size color photographs, not older than three months.
  7. You must fully motivate your application and submit documents in support of your application.
  8. The DFO will –
    • take a full set of your fingerprints on the SAPS 91(a) form (only for a competency certificate)
    • issue you with a remittance advice SAPS 523(a) and direct you to the financial office at the police station to pay the prescribed fee.  The payment must be made by means of cash or a bank-guaranteed cheque. You will be issued with a receipt (Z263) as proof of the payment, which you must submit to the DFO to ensure that the processing of the application will continue.
  9. You will receive a signed acknowledgment of receipt (SAPS 523) as proof that you have submitted an application for a license to possess a firearm.
  10. After the successful consideration of your application, the DFO will ask you to within 14 days, obtain and install a firearm safe that meets the standards set by the South African Bureau of Standards.
  11. The DFO will carry out an inspection of your premises to ascertain that you have met the requirements for a safe.

How long does it take?

Upon receipt of the successful report about the safety inspection, your license will be printed and sent to the DFO to be handed to you against a signature on the SAPS 86 register.

How much does it cost?

  • Competence Certificate: R70,00
  • Firearm licence: R140,00

 

How to Renew License

You must renew your firearm license at least 90 days before the expiry date.  The validity of the license varies between two and ten years depending on the type of license.

  1. You must successfully complete the prescribed test at an accredited training provider to prove your knowledge of the Act. On receipt of the training certificate from an accredited training provider or Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (Sasseta), you may apply to the South African Police Service for a competency certificate.
  2. Take the following documentation with you to the designated firearms officer (DFO) at the police station nearest to where you reside:
    1. Your official identity document
    2. The original firearm license, permit or authorization for a firearm you wish to renew, your training certificate obtained from an accredited training provider and your competency certificate (if it has already been issued)
    3. Four unobscured passport size color photographs, not older than three months (two photographs for the firearm license and two for the application for a competency certificate)
  3. Complete the relevant sections of the following forms –
    1. Application for a competency certificate – SAPS 517
    2. Application for renewal of license – SAPS 517(e)
  4. The DFO will take a full set of fingerprints for the competency certificate application.
  5. The DFO will issue you with a SAPS 523(a) remittance advice and direct you to the financial office at the police station to pay the applicable fees of R70,00 for the competency certificate and R70,00 for each firearm license you wish to renew. The payment must be made by means of cash or a bank-guaranteed cheque. You will be issued with a receipt (Z263) as proof of the payment. Submit the Z263 to the DFO so that the processing of your application can continue.
  6. You will receive a signed acknowledgment of receipt as proof that you submitted the respective application for the renewal of your firearm.