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Applying for a new licence

Release date: Mon 19 December 2011

Last updated: Wed 4 July 2018

When applying for a firearm licence there are a number things you must do.

To understand the requirements of applying for a firearm licence consider the following information before you apply.

  1. Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria to hold a firearm licence.
  2. When you submit your application, you will need to tell us why you want a firearm and need to demonstrate that it is a legally permissible reason.

    Schedule 2 of the Firearms Act 1996 provides genuine reasons for holding a firearm licence.

    Your genuine reason for owning a firearm must be supported by evidence. Each type of licence category has different evidence requirements. You should familiarise yourself of the evidence requirements relevant to the licence category you are seeking to be licenced for.
  3. You will need to complete the Victorian Firearm Safety Course relevant to the type of firearm you would like a licence for before you submit your application.

    Once you have completed this course, you will be issued a completion certificate. Keep this certificate safe, as you will need to provide a copy when you submit your application.

    If your licence has been cancelled or expired more than 12 months ago you will need to complete the Firearm Safety Course again and submit a new application.
  4. Some categories of firearm licence require a full set of fingerprints to be taken as a part of the application process. If the type of licence you are applying for requires fingerprints, you will need to arrange to have a full set of your fingerprints taken.

    Current application forms and information relating to processing times and fees are available on the Victoria Police website.
  5. Download and complete application form that is appropriate to the category of licence you want.
  6. When you submit your application you will also need to supply the following: 
  • 100 points of identification compromising of at least one primary identification document like a passport or birth certificate and one secondary document showing your current residential address. These document must be correctly certified;
  • An identification reference from an acceptable referee who has known you for at least 12 months and not related to you by either birth or marriage. The person who provides your identification reference must be the same person who certifies your 100 points of identification;
  • A copy of your Victorian Firearm Safety Course certificate;
  • A copy of your fingerprint police check certificate if required; and
  • If you answer 'Yes' to any of the medical history questions in your application you must also provide a medical report from your treating doctor supporting your suitability to hold a firearm licence and be in possession of firearms. Information about what details your health care professional will need to provide is available in the linked quick guide.
  1. Do not send in payment for you licence when you submit your application.
    if your application has been approved by LRD you will receive a payment notice. This payment notice is confirmation that your application has been approved.

    You must pay the fee for your licence by BPAY or cash or cheque at a Westpac Bank by the nominated date on your payment notice.
  2. Once you have received your payment notice your will need to take the payment notice and another form of identification to an approved VicRoads photo point to have your photo taken.

    VicRoads will not issue plastic licence cards on the spot; they will be sent to your postal address.

    LRD will only accept photos taken at an approved photo point.

    If you cannot attend a Victorian photo point you must complete this form and return it to LRD

The instruction pages attached to all licence application forms provide detailed information on the above requirements. LRD encourages all applicants to read the instructions carefully before they submit an application.


Frequently asked questions

How long does it take for a licence to be issued?
An application for a new firearm licence cannot be approved and a licence issued until at least 28 days have passed since the application was received by Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD). This is a requirement of the Firearms Act.

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.

What should I do if I have not received my payment notice (datacard)?
New licence applicants will be sent a payment notice in the mail five to six weeks after their application has been received by the Licensing Regulation Division. 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. Payment notices for new licence applications cannot be generated until 28 days after the completed application was received at Licensing & Regulation Division.

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.

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