Variation of a firearm certificate
Once a firearm certificate has been granted, an application to vary the firearms and ammunition authorised or held must be made to the chief officer of police of the area in which the holder lives.
An application for variations must be made using form 202, available to download below:
Form 202 - Variation (PDF)
No new photographs or referees are required.
The appropriate fee is payable only when the variation application results in an increase in the number of firearms authorised by the certificate. This fee is waived when a variation application is made at the same time as a renewal.
A variation is always necessary if a certificate holder wants to change a firearm. This is the case even when they are getting a firearm identical to the one they are disposing (one-for-one).
Applications for one-for-one variations must be accompanied by the firearm certificate.
These applications are processed free of charge when the licensing authority is advised of a disposal transaction and a new request at the same time.
In the case of a change of authorisation which has not yet been taken up, this is not usually a problem. However, applicants sometimes request a free “one for one” variation for weapons they have disposed of some time ago.
These requests cannot be dealt with on a free “one for one” basis, as the weapon being replaced is no longer on the current certificate, resulting in an increase in the number of weapons presently held.
Further enquiries are not normally necessary for applications where good reason is unchanged or where agreed storage capacities are not exceeded.
However, if the application is for a change of use for a full-bore firearm, when the applicant’s shooting club only has facilities for small-bore shooting, then the circumstances will have to be re-examined. Similarly, if the agreed storage capacity is exceeded, due to an increase in the number of weapons held, then it will be necessary to re-inspect the security aspect.