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Apply for a firearms licence

Status of current applications

Each week SAPOL receives many applications, renewals and registrations for firearms. The below table is provided to give applicants an idea of the progress of applications.

Application typeProcessing applications submitted
Firearms licence renewals22 June 2015
Permits to acquire a firearm17 June 2015
Firearms licence application18 June 2015

 (updated 01/07/2015)

If your licence application relates to your employment please contact Firearms Branch for information specific to your application. 

Follow these steps to apply:

Apply for a new licence

Step 1: Complete an application form

Complete a firearms licence application form PD303.

Download the Application for a Firearms Licence

Step 2: Check your proof of identity

Check that you have 100 points of original identification.

Find out what we accept as proof of identification

Step 3: Find out what fees you need to pay

View the current fees for firearms licences

Step 4: Get your application processed

Submit your application at your local police station.

Take your:

  • completed application form
  • 100 points of original identification
  • photocopies of 100 points of identification for certification.

Find your local police station

Step 5: Approval letter

We send you a letter telling you:

  • if your application is approved
  • what training you need
  • who to contact to arrange training.

Step 6: Attend training

Organise and attend the required courses listed in your approval letter.

Your training certificate will be sent to the Firearms Branch by the training provider.

Step 7: Provide further justification

Provide further justification for the class and use of the firearm if asked to do so.

Generally justification is not needed for target shooting, hunting or paintball.

Step 8: Have your photo taken and pay

Take the data card that we send to you to a photo point to have your photo taken.

Take with you:

  • 100 points of original identification
  • your licence fee.

Photo points are located at Service SA centres and some Australia Post offices.

Find a SA Service Centre on the sa.gov.au website

Find a photo point location on the sa.gov.au website

Step 9: Issuing the licence

An interim licence is issued when you pay the licence fee.

The photographic licence is sent to you within 28 days.

Step 10: Renewing your licence

Obtain a new licence each time your

  • licence expires
  • class or purpose of use changes.

Go to a photo point and take your:

  • data card
  • supporting information
  • licence fee.

Photo points are located at Service SA centres and some Australia Post offices.

Find a SA Service Centre on the sa.gov.au website

Find a photo point location on the sa.gov.au website

View the current fees for firearms licences