- You must complete an application for a firearms licence (PDF, 535KB) and lodge it at a service centre.
- You must have a genuine reason to own or use a firearm and there are different categories of firearms licence.
- If your application is approved, you must pass an approved firearms safety course.
- Once you have a firearms licence you can apply for a permit to acquire a firearm.
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About applying for a firearms licence
A person wishing to own or use a firearm must:
- have a firearms licence in Tasmania
- be confirmed as a fit and proper person. This involves reviewing:
- your criminal history
- information about your mental and physical health
- any court or police orders you may have
- your firearm licencing history and police information reports
- be over 18. Minors permits are available for ages 12 to 17
- be able to prove you have a genuine reason to own or use a firearm.
How to apply
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What you need to apply
When you visit the service centre you must:
- bring a completed application form (PDF, 535KB)
- provide proof of identity
- provide supporting evidence (proof) of genuine reason
- pay the fee.
If your application is approved, Firearms Services send you a letter within 21 days to tell you:
- what training you need to complete
- who to contact to arrange training.
Once you have passed the approved firearms safety course you must visit a service centre and have your photo taken.
Can I apply?
You can apply if you:
- are over the age of 18 years. Minors permits are available for ages 12 to 17
- are a fit and proper person
- can show evidence that you have a genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm.
Proving your identity
You must show documents amounting to 100 points when lodging.
These documents must be originals (not photocopies or certified copies)
You can only show one of these
- Passport (70 points)
- Citizenship certificate (70 points)
- Birth certificate (70 points).
- Licence issued under law - a driver licence or current gun licence (40 points)
- Employment ID - card issued by employer with your name and address only (35 points)
- Employment ID - card issued by employer with your name only (25 points)
- Letter from employer within last 2 years confirming name and address (35 points)
- Rates notice (35 points)
- Credit or debit cards/passbooks - only one allowed per institution (25 points)
- Medicare card (25 points)
- Membership card - club, union, trade or professional bodies (25 points)
- Membership card - educational institution (25 points).
If you arrived in Australia less than 6 weeks ago, your passport is worth 100 points.
How much it costs
Categories A, B and H licence - 5 years
Categories A, B and H licence - 3 years
Category C licence - 5 years
Category C licence - 3 years
Category C licence - 12 months or less
Category D licence
Dealers licence or renewal
Museum licence or renewal
Heirlooms licence or renewal
You do not pay GST on firearms applications.
Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.
American Express (AMEX) payments are no longer accepted at service centres.
- You need a licence to own or use a firearm before you can apply for a permit to acquire a firearm.
- If your licence application is unsuccessful, you can challenge the decision (PDF, 208KB) within 28 days.
Please visit Firearms Services for more information on applying for a firearms licence.