Getting a Firearm Licence
To own a gun in South Africa you must have a firearm licence. The South African Police Service (SAPS) will issue a firearm licence to you once you’ve successfully attended prescribed training at an accredited facility. The facility will issue a proficiency certificate to you when you complete your training successfully.
Who can apply for a firearm licence?
You can apply if:
How to apply for a competency certificate?
To get a firearm licence, you must get a competency certificate. You can get a competency certificate after you’ve completed a competency test at an accredited training provider. You’ll be tested on your knowledge of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000, you’ll be asked to do a practical test on how to handle a firearm safely and effectively.
Your competency certificate must specify if it’s issued for your competency to
The training must be completed at an accredited training provider. To get a competency certificate, you must meet the following requirements:
To apply for the competency certificate, you need to complete the application form (SAPS 517) and submit it to the Designated Firearms Officer (DFO) at your nearest police station. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has prepared detailed instructions on how to complete the application form for a competency certificate.
After you’ve obtained your competency certificate, you can now apply for a firearm licence corresponding to the type of firearm competency you’ve obtained, e.g. handgun, rifle, etc.
To apply for the firearm licence, you’ll need:
If your application is successfully completed, the police will:
How much does it cost?
Competency certificate: R70,00
How long is the licence valid for?
All firearms licences must be renewed every:
If you own a gun you need to renew your licence and competency certificate at least 90 days before the expiry date of your licence. If you don't you'll have to dispose of the firearm or hand it over to the SAPS. It's important to keep in mind that it's illegal to be in possession of a firearm without a valid licence.
What are my responsibilities if I own or want to own a gun?
If you need further information, you can contact the appointed Designated Firearms Officer at your nearest police station. Alternatively, you can contact the Firearms Call Centre during office hours at 012 353 6111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the SAPS website for all legislation, instructions and forms relating to firearm licences.
These facility categories:
- Firearms Control Act, 60 of 2000 (Act) (File type: pdf; size: 169.26 KB)
- Regulations Applicable to Firearms Legislation (Regulation) (File type: pdf; size: 75.09 KB)
- Removal of a Firearm (Service)
- Firearms Control Forms (Forms)
- Form: Application for Licence to Possess a Firearm (Forms) (File type: pdf; size: 129.69 KB)