Obtaining a NSW Firearms License

Author Chris Barrett
Publish Date 11 Dec 2018



The following information is for Longarm firearm licences

For Handgun licences, please contact your local Pistol Club (some contacts for these are below)

  • Visit the NSW Firearms Registry Licence form application page and follow the instructions to complete your Firearms Licence Application online.
  • In NSW you must have a genuine reason to obtain a Firearms Licence.
  • If you decide to get involved in Target Shooting OR Recreational Hunting using the membership of a Club as your genuine reason, then some of the local clubs that you can join are as follows –
    • SSAA                                          Ph: 02-8889-0400              Online Membership Portal
    • Hunter District Hunting Club       www.hdhcinc.org.au       Online Membership application & payment 
    • Maitland Hunting Club                Ph: 02-4933-5124             (Call Wednesday afternoon or Sunday morning)
    • Newcastle District Hunting Club https://newcastledistricthuntingclubinc.memberjungle.com 
  • When applying for a licence you must have the following documentation ready to upload -
    • A certificate showing you have completed an approved Firearms Licence Qualification Course, such as the SSAA Safe Shooting Course
    • A copy of your current club membership card (or letter of permission) to show that you are a member of either a Target Shooting Club, a Hunting Club or a Collectors Club, depending on your “Genuine Reason” for applying for a Firearms Licence.
      • NOTE: You cannot submit your application for a Firearms Licence to the Firearms Registry until you have passed an approved Firearms Licence Qualification course! 
  • Firearms Licence Qualification courses are mostly run by clubs or on behalf of a club in the Hunter Valley.
    • Some of the local representatives of some of the clubs where you can sit this test are listed here –
      • SSAA Seaham                           Ph: 0458-537-435
      • City of Maitland Pistol Club        Ph: 02-4933-5124           (Call Wednesday afternoon or Sunday morning)
      • NEWTEC Pistol Club                 Ph: 0403-629-217 
      • Newcastle District Hunting Club Ph: 0412-913-373             
  • Finally, and just as important as all the other steps, in order to retain your Firearms Licence, and your firearms, you must meet the Minimum Attendance and Safe Storage requirements as specified by the Firearms Act and Regulations.

NOTE: The number of attendances required of you per year depends upon the genuine reasons that you specified when applying for your Firearms License and which your Firearms Licence specifies as approved.


For full information on all matters to do with firearms legislation in NSW, go to the

NSW Police Firearm Registry Website

or phone the NSW Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562