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News Posted: 3 November 2023

What are the most commonly asked questions for a firearms medical application?


If you’re looking to apply for a firearms medical certificate, you may have plenty of questions about how the application process works.

The process of applying for a firearms medical certificate can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if you have never applied for one before. If you compete in shooting sports or currently work for the police force, it’s mandatory to have a firearms licence to buy, hire or use a firearm for work or leisure.

This piece answers some of the most commonly asked firearms medical application questions we get from applicants.

How do I get my firearms medical certificate?

The process of getting your firearms medical certificate all starts with putting together your application. With Firearms Medicals, there are two ways you apply for your firearms certificate, whether that’s through our website or by post.

In the application, you must include a passport photograph and two referees, as well as personal information about yourself. Once you’ve submitted your application, we’ll obtain your medical records from your GP surgery. Our GPs will then review your medical records and put together your report within three days.

The medical report will then be sent directly back to you and the firearms licensing officer. We’ll also notify your GP surgery that the police may request a firearms marker to be added to your medical records.

Once you’ve proved to the chief officer of the police that you won’t threaten the public’s safety or peace, you will then be given your firearms medical certificate.

How old do I have to be in possession of a firearm?

In the United Kingdom, the minimum age to possess a firearm is 18 years old. However, there are some exceptions made for people under 18. If you are over 14 years old, but under 18, you can use a firearm without supervision on private premises where they have permission. It’s important to note that if you do have a firearms medical certificate at that age, you cannot legally buy or hire firearms until you are 18 years old.

How much does a firearms medical certificate cost?

Firearms Medical charges £75 for a firearms medical certificate. This includes the cost of our GPs obtaining your medical records from your GP surgery and reviewing them, as well as compiling and sending your medical report to you or the firearms licensing officer.

Should I apply early for my firearms medical certificate?

It’s a good idea to apply early for your firearms medical certificate to ensure that you have enough time to complete your application. Applying early also allows you to plan ahead and budget for any associated costs.

How long does a firearms medical certificate last?

If you have a firearms medical certificate in the UK, it lasts for five years. You need to make sure that if your firearms certificate is expiring soon, that you renew it before the expiration date (ideally 12 weeks). This ensures that your firearms medical certificate is renewed and up-to-date.

Apply for a firearms medical certificate with Firearms Medical

These are just a few of the most commonly asked firearms medical certificate questions that we get from applicants. By knowing what to expect with the application process, it’ll make the application process much easier for you.

At Firearms Medical, our team can guide you through the process of applying for a firearms medical certificate. We can help answer any questions you may have about how we compile medical reports or anything that’s related to getting your firearms licence. If you’re ready to apply for a firearms medical certificate, contact our team today.