Do I need a medical certificate for my shotgun licence application?

April 16 2021   |   News

Are you confused about the rules regarding the need for medical certification to accompany your shotgun licence application? If so, we are not surprised as it is not a ‘one size fits all’ across the UK and requirements vary across police forces.

It’s the police who oversee the applications and renewals of shotgun licences and their decision ultimately whether a licence is granted or refused. Over the last five years, there has been an information sharing process which has existed between GPs and the police to ensure that people possessing shotguns are medically fit to do so.

Where does this apply?

At present, only about half of the police forces in the UK have adopted the policy of requiring a medical certificate to accompany a shotgun licence application – which probably accounts for your confusion as to why you may need to have a medical and someone in a neighbouring force area doesn’t! Police forces currently requiring a medical certificate at the time of writing (April 2021) are:

  • Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley and West Mercia

We also strongly recommend getting a medical if you live within the Greater Manchester Police area. Some other forces require a medical if you declare a medical condition on your application, or your NHS GP declares that you have a medical condition when the police contact them about your application.

Safety is paramount

The plain fact of the matter is that shotguns and firearms can be dangerous and it really should come as no surprise that in this day and age the police, who have the sole responsibility of granting a licence, want to ensure nothing is left to chance and that a licence is only granted to a fit and responsible person.

There is a growing trend of police forces adopting the policy of insisting on medical certification and we believe it is only a matter of time before it becomes law and a requirement throughout the UK for all firearms/shotgun licence applicants.

Getting your medical certificate may pose a problem to you which is where FirearmsMedicals comes in. Your local GP may not carry out the service, either through pressure of work or maybe on ethical grounds, and whilst many do offer the service and at an affordable rate, some do charge three figures.

FirearmsMedicals will request and obtain your full medical records from your NHS GP, complete your medical report and send it to you or your firearms licensing officer (depending on the force area) for just £59.

A fully qualified FirearmsMedicals GP will review your medical history and provide the impartial report which is then forwarded to the police, who will ultimately decide to approve or refuse your application.