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How To Apply For A Firearm License

If you want to own a firearm, you must undergo the training at an accredited institution and obtain a training proficiency certificate.

Once you have obtained your training certificate, you need to go to your local police station and apply for your competency which you will need to first download the application forms (SAPS517) from www.saps.gov.za, Then you will need to compile the following documents along with the application forms:

  • Two certified copies of your ID.

  • Two certified copies of your training certificate with the statement of results.

  • Proof of address i.e. water/lights/Telkom bill.

  • Proof of employment/ a detailed description of your occupation.

  • Three character references from family and friends, with copies of their ID’s.

  • 1 set of ID-size colour photos (2 pictures per application).

  • The responsibility to hand in your application is yours. Fingerprints and interviews will take place at your local police station.

  • R70.00 in cash must be brought with to your local police station in order to apply for your competency.

Once you have obtained the competency certificate, you can apply for the firearm licence at your local police station. You need a licence for every firearm that you possess. You would have to ask the dealership to produce the application forms (SAPS271), Please make sure the dealership provides a SAPS 350 a with your application form.  Please see below on what you will need to compile together before handing in your application.

  • Two certified copies of your ID.

  • Two certified copies of your Training Certificate with your statement of results.

  • A copy of your Competency Certificate.

  • Proof of address i.e. water/lights/Telkom bill.

  • Proof of employment/ a detailed description of your occupation.

  • Full reasons why you wish to own a firearm (Motivation).

  • Three character references from family and friends, with copies of their ID’s. (police station states only two however we recommend three)

  • Should you apply for a section 15 licenses, a letter from a farmer must be given or the sports club must provide a confirmation letter and the endorsement letter for the firearm, a shot target is recommended to be put in your application.

  • Should you apply for a section 16 licenses, the club you are a part of must provide the confirmation letter, club card, certificate, endorsement letter and a shot target.

  • 1 set of ID-size colour photos (2 per application).

  • Invoice of firearm purchased.

  • Two pictures/photos of your safe inside and out showing it is secured to a fixed wall/floor.

  • A Police Clearance Certificate must be given should you have had any charges.

  • Everything you state in your application must be proven.

  • The responsibility to hand in your application is yours. Fingerprints and interviews will take place at your local police station.

  • R140-00 in cash must be brought with to your local police station in order to apply for license.