Applying for a new licence
Release date: Mon 19 December 2011
Last updated: Tue 15 April 2014
There are a number of things you must do when applying for any firearm licence.
- You must ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for holding a firearms licence.
- You will then need to identify why you want to have a firearm licence and whether this is a legally permissible reason. The Firearms Act provides a number of 'genuine reasons' for holding a firearm licence. You will need to provide evidence to demonstrate your genuine reason when you submit your application form (e.g. an original copy of the letter from the Department of Sustainability and Environment to hunt on Crown land or a copy of your Clay Target Shooting Club membership card).
- You will need to check which type of licence and which category of firearm correspond to your 'genuine reason'. This overview of the firearm categories and activities (PDF) may assist you. Once you know which type of licence and category of firearm you want, you will be able to complete the relevant licence application form.
- You will need to undertake the relevant Victorian Firearm Safety Course and arrange to have a full set of your fingerprints taken if the type of licence you're applying for requires this.
- New firearm licence applicants will also need to supply the following when lodging their application:
You should not send payment for your licence with your initial application.
- After you have received confirmation that your application has been successful, you will need to pay the prescribed fee for your licence at a bank. Some banks will charge for this service but the Westpac bank does not. You will then need to take proof of identification and proof of payment to an approved VicRoads photo point to have your photo taken. LRD will not accept passport (or other) photos that have not been taken by an official at an authorised photo point. The authorised photo point will send your photo to LRD electronically. You must complete this form if you cannot attend a Victorian photo point (PDF).
The instruction pages attached to all licence application forms provide more detailed information on these requirements. They also clarify whether for that particular licence you will need to complete the Victorian Firearm Safety Course or have your fingerprints taken. If your licence expired more than 12 months ago or was cancelled, you will need to complete a new licence application form.
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