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Bushfire affected licence holders

As you are aware the current bushfires are impacting a number of Victorians, including firearm, weapon and private security licence holders.

We would like to express our sadness regarding the events that have unfolded and continue to unfold in parts of Victoria.

We have developed an eform for licence holders or persons acting on behalf of a licence holder, who have been affected by the current bushfire crisis.

Licence holders can use this form to:

  • Request replacement of plastic licence cards
  • Notify the Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) of the destruction of firearms/weapons
  • Notify the LRD of the death of a licence holder
  • Notify LRD of a change of personal details/address (including temporary addresses)

You can find this form here.

Burnt or destroyed firearms

If you have burnt or destroyed firearms due to the bushfires, please:

  1. Fill out the above form.
  2. Attempt to take it to your local police station or firearm dealer. If either of these options are unavailable then you should try to store the firearms as safely and securely as possible until you are able to dispose of the firearms correctly.

About

The Licensing and Regulation Division of Victoria Police regulates the firearms industry in Victoria.

Our website has a lot of helpful information and links regarding a broad range of firearms related issues.

Should you need to update your address and personal details with us, please complete a change of details form and email it to licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au

All new licence applications are processed in order of receipt and are subject to a 28 day waiting period, regardless if you hold another type of licence.

Licence applications may be delayed if information is missing or where further enquiries are required.

You can find out more about the Licensing and Regulation Division, including our most recent Statement of Expectations, privacy statements and our compliance principles, here.

Reclassification of lever action shotguns

From 1 October 2019 lever action shotguns will no longer be classified as a Category A longarms. Under the new classification framework:

  • lever action shotguns that have a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds will be reclassified from Category A longarms to Category B longarms; and
  • lever action shotguns that have a magazine capacity of greater than 5 rounds will be reclassified from Category A longarms to Category D longarm

Licence holders who lawfully held lever action shotguns on a valid licence before 1 October 2019 will be covered by transitional provisions. These licence holders will be required to complete a reconfirmation process.

Change of details

Firearm licence holders have an obligation to notify the Licensing and Regulation Division of any change of details within 14 days of the change occurring. This includes change of residential address, postal address and ordinary storage address.

From 1 October 2019 plastic licences will no longer display the holder’s residential address. This does not impact obligations to inform the LRD of a change of details.

For more information on how to notify us of a change of details please see change of address, personal details or circumstances.

Online Firearm Licence Applications

On 25 March 2019, the Licensing and Regulation Division removed manual application forms for new Longarm, Handgun, Provisional, Heirloom and Junior Firearm Licences. Manual applications have been replaced with electronic forms available via the eServices Portal.

If you are wishing to apply for any of the following categories of firearm licence (new not renewal), you must access and complete an application through the Victoria Police eServices:

  • Longarm Licence (Categories A, B, C, D or E)
  • Handgun Licence (General Category or Category E)
  • Junior Firearm Licence
  • Provisional General Category Handgun Licence
  • Heirloom Firearm Licence

The Licensing and Regulation Division will not accept manual paper applications for these licence categories. Manual applications received will be returned to the applicant with advice to complete their application through the eServices portal.

Firearm Licence Fees

For all firearm licence and permit fees please visit the service fees and penalties page.

Firearm Industry Newsletters

Reviewed 17 January 2020

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