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Register a firearm

Firearms must be registered with South Australia Police before they can be used.

You must hold a current South Australian firearms licence to register a firearm in South Australia.

Firearms Amnesty
Do you have unwanted, unregistered or illegal firearms, firearm parts, mechanisms, fittings, prohibited firearm accessories, silencers or ammunition? During the General Firearms Amnesty which runs from 1 December 2015 – 30 September 2017 you can hand these into a participating licensed firearms dealer or a police station for surrender or free registration. Conditions apply. Read more.

How do I register a firearm?

Step 1: Complete an application form

Complete an application for a permit to acquire a firearm PD306.


  • your details
  • details of the current firearms owner
  • details of the firearm
  • justification for having the firearm if required.

Download the application for a permit to acquire a firearm*

*NOTE: If you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you need to configure your browser to open this online form using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Important information
Firearms Branch implemented a process to assess genuine reason for acquiring additional class B firearms in August 2013. This requirement is supported by s 15A (2) (a) of the Firearms Act where the Registrar may only refuse the application for a class B firearm if – (a) the Registrar is of the opinion that the applicant does not have a genuine reason for acquiring the firearm.

Prior to December 2014 an application for an additional class B firearm was assessed and where applicable the applicant was required to provide further written information.  Upon receipt of the information the application was assessed further and where appropriate approved.

In December 2014 the PD306 (permit to acquire) was reviewed and amended to include the request to provide a genuine reason for the purchase of an additional class B firearm at the time of application. If the information supplied by the applicant requires further clarification Adjudication staff will contact the applicant in the first instance.

The change to the PD306 formalises an established practice and in doing so creates a more open and transparent application process.

The current delays processing permits to acquire a firearm are not related to this change but emanate from a higher than usual workload and the delayed submission of permits to acquire over the Christmas/New year period.

Firearms Branch management and SAPOL's Executive continue to work to improve business practices that will in turn improve our service delivery to the firearms community.

Step 2: Submit your application

Submit your application to the Firearms Branch

  • by post
  • via your local police station.

Find your local police station

What happens after I apply?

Step 3: Assessment and processing

We assess and process your application.

In some cases there may be a mandatory 28 day cooling off period.

Step 4: Approval

We return your application form PD306 with the 'approval details' completed by the Firearms Branch.

Step 5 Transfer the firearm

Transfer the firearm from the current owner to you.

The transfer must be witnessed by an:

  • authorised officer of a recognised firearms club
  • licenced firearms dealer
  • police officer.

The witness must complete the 'witness to transfer' section' of your application form.

Step 6: Apply for registration

Go to your local police station and take the:

  • firearm
  • completed, authorised and witnessed application form PD306
  • licence fee.

Find your local police station

Step 7: Issuing a registration certificate

The Firearms Branch issues a registration certificate.