FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for a New Weapons License

To apply for a weapons licence in Queensland you need to:

  1. Meet the personal eligibility requirements
  2. Have a genuine reason to hold a licence
  3. Have access to secure storage facilities
  4. Have completed an approved weapons safety course for the weapon categories to be endorsed on your licence. The Statement of Attainment is to be dated within the previous twelve months from the date you submit the application online.
  5. Be able to supply the supporting documentation relevant to the genuine reason and licence type selected in your application.
  6. Have access to a digital image of your head and shoulders against a plain background. This image must be of your face looking directly at the camera and is to be of passport quality so it may be printed on your licence card if your application is successful.
  7. Be able to pay the required fees
  8. Be able to attend a Queensland Police Station with 100 points of identification once your application is at the final stages of assessment. All applicants will be notified by their preferred method of contact nominated in their application.

The quickest way to apply for your weapons licence is to use the online application form​ and pay by Visa or Mastercard (credit or debit).

Alternatively, you can lodge your application to apply for your weapons licence at a Queensland police station.

For more information please visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/forms/weaponslicensing.asp

Renewing your Weapons License

​​​​​​​​​​The quickest way to renew your weapons licence is to use the online application form​ at least one day prior to the expiry date of your licence and pay by Visa or Mastercard (credit or debit).

Alternatively, you can lodge your application to renew your licence at a Queensland police station at least one day prior to the expiry date of your licence.

Licences can ordinarily be renewed up to three months before the date of expiry. To renew your licence at a Queensland police station:

  1. Complete the Form 6A – Application to Renew Licence and Form 6A/6B – Annexure – Genuine Reason. As a courtesy, the Queensland Police Service posts/emails a renewal package containing these forms three months before your licence expires. These packages will now begin to print with a unique Online Renewal Reference number which will need to be used when applying online to assist you when confirming your licence and personal details. Alternatively, if you prefer to apply using a paper based application the documents can be downloaded from this website. Prior to the expiry of your licence, should you not lodge your renewal you may receive a renewal reminder email from Weapons Licensing.
  2. Prepare any supporting documentation that is required. The supporting documentation required for each genuine reason is listed on the Form 6A/6B.
  3. In order to renew your Weapons Act licence, you must lodge your paper based application at least One Day before your licence expires at a Queensland police station.  You must also pay the fee for your application at the time of lodgement.
  4. If your genuine reason is not listed on the Form 6A/6B, you should instead complete the relevant Form 1 Annexure. The appropriate Annexure for your genuine reason will be mailed to you as part of the renewal package.
  5. A weapons list is included in your renewal package. Please check the details and make any corrections if necessary. SIGN the declaration at the bottom of each page and return it with your renewal application. If you possess weapons not included on this list, please provide full details and include the date, name, address and licence number of the person you acquired the weapon from. Alternatively, if you no longer possess any of the weapons listed please provide the date, name, address and licence number of the person who now possesses the weapon(s).
  6. The weapons list provided with your new licence card lists your first eight (8) weapons. Please ensure all details are checked and make any corrections if necessary.
  7. A complete weapons list of all the firearms in your possession may be provided upon request to Weapons Licensing, please make contact with Weapons Licensing by telephone, email, mail or fax. Any requests for changes to Weapons Lists will be processed by Weapons Licensing as soon as practicable.
  8. Weapons Licensing may contact you upon receipt of the changes to your Weapons List, requesting you to attend a Dealer/Armourer or Police Station to present the weapon(s) for the weapon details to be verified.
  9. If your application is for the renewal of an: Armourer, Blank Fire, Collectors, Dealers,  Firearms (Group), Firearms (Category D), Firearms (Instructor) Miscellaneous, Security Guard (Business, Employee, Sole Provider), Security Organisation and Theatrical Ordnance Supplier, please refer to the Genuine Reason Information for supporting documentation you are required to supply with your application.

The provision of the renewal package is a courtesy extended by QPS to assist licence holders in the renewal process. It contains explanations of the process and forms relevant to your licence. However, it is your responsibility to ensure you renew your licence within the legislative timeframes.

Late Lodgement of Renewal Applications

If a renewal application is lodged at a Queensland Police Station on or after the expiry date on the licence, the licence cannot be renewed under legislation and it will be treated as a new licence application. You will be required to pay an application fee for a new licence plus the renewal fee for the number of years the licence is to be issued (e.g. Firearms Licence for 5 years will be $97.85 + ($32.30 X 5 years) = $259.35).

Should your renewal application not be lodged prior to expiry date, the licence will be issued on a pro-rata basis taking into account the fees paid at the time of application and the application fee.

Lodging your application on or after the expiry date

If you have not lodged your application to renew your licence at least one day prior to the expiry date, your licence will become invalid. You cannot renew an expired licence.

Any firearms in your possession must be lawfully disposed of as you will no longer be able to lawfully possess firearms or weapons until a current licence is issued to you.

The Authorised Officer is legally obliged to refuse the application to renew if you lodge it. You will be refunded the licence fee less administration costs.

For more information please visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/forms/weaponslicensing.asp

Process for Acquiring a Weapon

Applying for a Permit to Acquire (PTA) is the first step in acquiring a weapon. If you are acquiring the weapon from a licensed individual (who is not a Weapons Dealer), you must ensure the sale is brokered.

A PTA authorises a weapons licence holder to purchase or acquire a weapon. This assists QPS in tracking weapons movement and identifying the weapons registered to a licensee and where they are stored.

1. Application

A Permit to Acquire application must be made for each weapon you are intending to acquire. Fees are payable for each application.

You can now submit and pay for a PTA application online.

Alternatively, an application for a Permit to Acquire (Form 28) can be downloaded and then lodged and paid for at your local Queensland Police Station.  At the station you will need to provide details of your current Weapons Licence and show photographic identification.

2. Waiting period

The mandatory waiting period for a PTA is 28 days from the date the application is lodged.

Applicants who do not provide sufficient information or supporting documentation will experience delays in processing or possible rejection of the application.

3. How will you be advised

If the application is successful, a PTA (Form 27) will be issued by Weapons Licensing and forwarded to you by mail. You can request to have your PTA faxed to a licensed Weapons Dealer. You will need to provide the Dealer’s name and fax number in writing to Weapons Licensing.

If the application is not successful, you will be notified in writing.

4. Permit to Acquire/Notice of Disposal – Form 27

Form 27 is an approved and issued PTA, which is in two parts.  The top half of this form is your issued PTA and the bottom half is the Notice of Disposal. The expiry date will be nominated on the PTA. If you do not acquire the weapon before the PTA expires you will need to apply for a new PTA.

Once you have received your PTA (Form 27) you may purchase or acquire the weapon.

5. Acquiring from a licensed Weapons Dealer

If you are acquiring the weapon from a licensed Weapons Dealer they will sign the front of the Notice of Disposal. The Dealer will then forward the completed form to Weapons Licensing. On receipt, Weapons Licensing will transfer the registration of the nominated weapon to your licence.

6. Acquiring from a licensed individual

If you are acquiring a weapon from a licensed individual, you are required to have the transaction brokered by a licensed Weapons Dealer. The transaction can be brokered by a Queensland police officer if the nearest licensed Weapons Dealer is located more than 100 kilometres from your usual place of residence.

The Weapons Dealer or police officer will check the bottom section of the PTA and complete the Licensed Dealer/Police Certificate on the reverse side of the PTA. The Weapons Dealer or police officer will then forward the completed form to Weapons Licensing. On receipt Weapons Licensing will transfer the registration of the weapon to your licence.

The disposer of the weapon is required to sign the Notice of Disposal. If for some reason the disposer is unable to sign the document, a Statutory Declaration outlining the reason must be attached to the Form 27.

Both the acquirer and disposer should sign the back of the PTA.

If you fail to present the weapon with the PTA to a licensed Weapons Dealer (or a police officer) the transaction is not complete.  The firearm will not be registered to your licence. The PTA will expire and you will become unlawfully in possession of a firearm and at risk of prosecution.

7. Registration of the firearm to your licence

Once Weapons Licensing receives the completed Notice Of Disposal, the weapon will be transferred from the disposer’s licence and registered to your licence.  It will then be reflected on your weapons list which Weapons Licensing will forward to you once the transaction has been finalised on the Commissioner’s Firearms Register.

8. Modifying a PTA

If you require modification to a PTA (i.e. you have changed your mind about the weapon to be acquired) you must return the original PTA to Weapons Licensing for modification.

9. PTA expires before acquiring a weapon

A PTA cannot be used to acquire a weapon once it has expired. Therefore, if a PTA expires before you have acquired a weapon the PTA will be unusable and should be returned to Weapons Licensing.  A PTA cannot be renewed and you will need to make a new application.

10. Lost/stolen/destroyed PTAs

If a PTA is lost, stolen or destroyed you must immediately report the matter to a police station and complete Form 3 – Application for Replacement Licence – Permit to Acquire. On receipt of the Form 3, Weapons Licensing will issue a replacement.​

For more information please visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/forms/weaponslicensing.asp

Firearm Safety Courses

Before you can obtain a Firearms License, it is required that you complete a Firearms Safety Course for each category of firearm that you would like to register.

There are both theoretical and practical components to be completed in each course and it is required that you have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to complete the course. A USI is similar to a Tax File Number but used for training purposes. If you do not have a USI, you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi

Glenn is a registered Senior Trainer qualified to assess categories A, B, C, D, H, and M for Sporting, Recreational, Employment, Collectors and Professionals seeking qualification.

As well as our regular courses for categories A, B & C that are conducted at Caboolture Clay Target Club (CCTC), we now offer courses for categories A, B, C, D, H, and M, with the theoretical component conducted in store and the practical component conducted at Brisbane International Pistol Club in Belmont (BIPC). The practical component takes approximately 15 minutes per person, at appointed time and date.

The course is suited to ages 11 years and above.

Book online to complete a Firearms Safety Course.

For more information please visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/weaponsLicensing/licenceApplication/applicant/training/

Firearm Storage

We offer long and short term storage of firearms with a $22 booking fee, plus the following fees per term:

  • 1 Month: $30
  • 3 Months: $85
  • 6 Months: $170
  • 12 Months: $250

Due to the large number of firearms left on premise, the following will strictly apply:

All firearms left for more than TWO (2) months without storage payment and or an agreement in place, owners will be sent ONE (1) letter of notice.

You will have an additional 21 DAYS to acknowledge sent notice and establish an agreement of storage with On Target Sporting Arms. If no form of contact is made, the firearm(s) will become property of On Target Sporting Arms and will be sold or destroyed without further notice, without dispute or recourse.

For more information please visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/weaponsLicensing/acquiringWeapons/safekeeping.htm