Message from the Chief Commissioner

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Renewing an existing licence

Release date: Mon 19 December 2011

Last updated: Wed 4 July 2018

You will be sent a reminder letter advising that it is time to renew your licence eight weeks before your licence expires. If you do not receive this renewal form four weeks before your licence expires, please contact Licensing & Regulation Division and a reprint of the renewal form will be sent to you.

Your reminder letter will include a list of any firearm registered to you in Victoria. You must review this list and advise LRD in writing of any errors or firearms missing from this list. Your renewal application cannot be processed until you either

  • Sign the list to confirm it is correct (even where the list correctly states that you do not own any firearms) or
  • Inform LRD in writing of any errors.

Key points to remember:

  • The licence you are applying for must be suitable for the category of firearm you wish to possess, carry, use or deal in;
  • You must provide sufficient documentation that is current to demonstrate your genuine reason for holding the licence type you are applying for. Please refer to the firearm genuine reason evidence requirements (new and renewal) published on our forms and reference information page;
  • Incomplete applications cannot be processed and are returned to the applicant; and 
  • All completed applications and supporting documentation should be forwarded to LRD. 

Transitioning from a Junior Licence to an Adult Licence

A junior licence will be considered valid beyond the 18th birthday of the licence holder if the junior licence holder submits an application for a full licence in the same category before their 18th birthday. A reminder letter with a new application form will be sent to a junior licence holder prior to the expiry of their junior licence.

Where an application is received by the LRD prior to the 18th birthday of the junior licence holder, the licence will remain valid until a determination on the full adult licence application is made by the Chief Commissioner of Police.

Juniors who are awaiting a determination on their full licence must still abide by the conditions in their junior licence, including the requirements to carry and use firearms under supervision. Failure abide with the conditions may affect any pending licence applications.
 

 

Frequently asked questions


How do I renew my licence?
A licence renewal reminder will be sent to you eight weeks before the expiry date of your current licence. If you do not receive this renewal form four weeks before your licence expires, please contact Licensing & Regulation Division and a reprint of the renewal form will be sent to you.
 

What proof of identification do I need to provide at an authorised photo point?
You will need to your current Victorian driver, firearm or private security licence before the photo will be taken. If you cannot provide these documents as proof of identity, you will need to provide other evidence of identity documents, including a photograph of yourself. For further information concerning photo point requirements, visit the VicRoads webpage.


I don't have BPAY, how do I pay my firearm licence application using BPAY?
If you don't have BPAY you can still make payment for your firearm licence by attending a bank branch in person. If you don't have BPAY but would like it you will need to talk to your bank or financial provider about setting up BPAY via your telephone banking, internet banking or banking from a mobile device.


I used to have to provide proof of payment to the VicRoads photo-point before they would take my photo. How do I do this if I pay for my licence using BPAY?
When you attend a VicRoads photo-point you will still need to provide the photo-point with your payment notice. Photo-point staff will need to see the BPAY logo on your payment notice before they will take your photo. If the payment notice does not include a BPAY logo, photo-point staff will still need to see a bank stamp on the payment notice.


How long does it take for a licence to be issued?
An application to renew a firearm licence will generally be processed within 14 days of receipt. If LRD receives your renewal application after your licence's expiry date, your renewal application will be treated as a new application and the Firearms Act requires that it cannot be approved for 28 days. In this situation, you are unlicensed and must dispose of all firearms in your possession while you wait for your renewal application to be processed.

Applications can take longer to be processed where the relevant forms are not completed correctly or in full and/or supporting documentation is missing. Applications like this will be returned and/or a letter sent to the applicant directing them to address those issues which have prevented the application from being processed.

In order to avoid delays, please read all of the instructions attached to an application form carefully.

It can then take several business days for Australia Post to deliver your payment notice (or datacard) to you.


What should I do if I have not received my payment notice (datacard)?   

Renewal licence applicants will be sent a payment notice within three weeks of their completed application being received by LRD. If you have not received a payment notice within this time frame, please contact the LRD.
 

Please note: It may take longer for a payment notice to be generated and sent where an application has not been completed correctly or in full, and/or supporting documentation is missing. If LRD receives your renewal application after your licence's expiry date, your renewal application will be treated as a new application and the Firearms Act requires that it cannot be approved for 28 days. Payment notices for new licence applications cannot be generated until 28 days after the completed application was received at Licensing & Regulation Division.


What should I do if I have not submitted a renewal application before my licence expires?
If you still want to use, store, buy or sell firearms, you will need to submit a new firearm licence application form and must dispose of any firearms you possess to a licensed firearm dealer while your application is processed. It is an offence to possess firearms without a firearm licence.

If you become re-licensed, you must also apply to LRD for a permit to acquire any firearm you disposed of and wish to re-possess.

Please note: Licensing & Regulation Division cannot extend licences and the Firearms Act requires that new licence application cannot be processed for 28 days. If your licence expired within the last 12 months, you will not need to re-supply identification documents or re-take the Victorian Firearm Safety Course.

If you do not wish to renew your licence, you must also dispose of your firearm(s) before your licence expires. If you do not, you are in breach of the Firearms Act.

 
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