​​​​​​​​​​​How do I renew my Weapons Licence??

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.

Further information about renewing a licence and fees​.​​

What happens if my application for renewal is rejected?

If the application is rejected the application fee minus $20.00 will be refunded.

Can I withdraw my application for renewal?​​​

Yes, you can withdraw your application in writing to Weapons Licensing and the entire fee is refunded.

What do I need to provide when applying for renewal of a licence?

  • A completed Form 6A Application for Renewal of a licence
  • A completed Form 6A/6B Annexure Genuine Reason
  • A completed Annexure for the Genuine Reason (if required)
  • Duly signed weapons list verifying possession of weapons as listed; and
  • A completed Form 30 Proof of identity declaration and two (2) passport quality photos not more than six (6) months old.

You can download all the required Form 6A/6B – Application to Renew Licence – Annexure – Genuine Reason needs to be completed and attached to any renewal application.

When and where do I get renewal forms?

A courtesy renewal package is forwarded to licence holders three months before the expiry of their licence.  To assist applicants these packages include explanations and requirements for the need to meet legislative timeframes.  The provision of the renewal package is a courtesy extended by the Queensland Police Service to assist licence holders in the renewal process.  It is the licensee’s legal responsibility to ensure that they renew their licence within the legislative timeframes.

Please be advised that Weapons Licensing's preferred method of forwarding renewal package/s is via email. Prior to the expiry of your licence, should you not lodge your renewal you may receive a renewal reminder email from Weapons Licensing. 

Please ensure to check both the Inbox and also Junk Mail folders.

We ask that applicants provide Weapons Licensing with their email address or update their existing email address if this has changed.  This can be done by either sending an email to weaponslicensing@police.qld.gov.au and simply state "Here is my email address and Licence Number" or you could complete the Online Change in Circumstances Form.

Please note if applicants do not have an email address, they will continue to receive their courtesy renewal package in hard copy form via Australia Post.

Section 18(1A) of the Weapons Act 1990 stipulates that the licensee must make the application for renewal of the licence before the day the licence expires.

If you do not receive your renewal package, you can download the renewal forms from this website.

Further information about renewing a licence and fees.

Have you changed your address since renewing your licence?

If you have changed your address since last renewal and not advised Weapons Licensing, your address will not be up to date.  Even though you have updated your address on your driver’s licence, it does not mean that the Queensland Police Service’s database will be updated.

Section 24 of the Weapons Act 1990 states that a licensee must within 14 days of the happening of an event (eg. a change of address) advise a police officer of the change.

In order to notify Weapons Licensing of the new address, complete the online Change in Circumstances form or download a Form 4A – Change of Address, Change of Name, Change of Weapon(s) Secure Storage Facility, complete it, and lodge it at your local Queensland Police Station. 

I will be away when the renewal of licence is due, how do I lodge a renewal application?

If travelling interstate or overseas for a significant period of time, you may have the option of lodging an application to renew your weapons licence early

I will be working overseas or in hospital when the renewal of my licence is due, how do I lodge a renewal application?

Section 18AA of the Weapons Act 1990 states alternative provision for renewal application if the licensee is an individual who is temporarily absent from Australia for genuine occupational reason; or is temporarily a patient in a hospital. The licensee can authorise an attorney under a power of attorney to lodge the application for renewal on their behalf.  Section 18AB of the Weapons Act 1990 stipulates the required information to be able to lodge the renewal on behalf of the licensee.

Why do I have to provide the genuine reason again; it is the same as the one I previously supplied?

A renewal of a Weapons Act licence must be made in the approved form, genuine reason/s must be stipulated in order to complete this process.

I need to add/remove a category to my existing licence or when renewing my licence.

Existing licence:-

In order to add or remove categories from a licence, there is certain documentation required to enable the Authorised Officer to make a determination on whether the additional category will be added to your licence. 

If this occurs at renewal time, you will need to supply the relevant annexure verifying your genuine reason to possess the relevant category of weapon/s for which you are applying.

If the relevant criteria is not met a refusal notice will be issued for that category, however your licence may remain issued or be renewed for any existing categories where the Authorised Officer is satisfied the information supplied justifies the genuine reason for possession of the category of weapon/s applied for.  Refer to below scenarios for further information:

Scenario A: I recently sold my property and moved into the City.  I no longer require Primary Production on my licence. (example:- Category C weapons)

For the removal of a category you will need to complete a Form 4B – Application for change of weapons category/condition(s) of licence, permit or approval.   You may be required to provide the appropriate annexure justifying your continued genuine reason or new genuine reason for possession of weapon/s.

Scenario B: I recently purchased a property but still reside in the city.  I now require Category C on my licence for Primary Production purposes.

For addition of a category you will need to complete a Form 4B – Application for change of weapons category/condition(s) of licence, permit or approval.

You will be required to provide the appropriate annexure justifying your new genuine reason for possession of weapon/s of the additional category of weapon.

For the addition of a category you will need to provide evidence that you have completed a safety training course for that category of firearm once approval has been granted by the Authorised Officer.  Section 165-170 of the Weapons Regulation 2016 states there is a fee applicable to the addition of a category.

Scenario C: I am changing my address but maintaining the current genuine reason.

Complete the online Change in Circumstances form or download Form 4A – Change of Address/Name/Weapon Storage Facility and lodge it at your local Queensland police station.  Alternatively contact Weapons Licensing via telephone to update your address details on 3015 7777.

What information is required when applying for a renewal of a concealable firearms licence for the purpose of sports or target shooting?

The applicant is to supply a copy of their participation records for the last financial year and proof of being a financial member of an approved pistol club.

My weapons licence has been lost or stolen. How do I replace it?

Report the theft of the licence to an Officer in Charge of police immediately after you become aware of it  If the licence was stolen in Queensland, you must obtain a QPRIME occurrence number.  If the incident happened in any other Australian State or Territory when reporting to the Officer in Charge of police ensure a Crime Report Number is obtained.  If the licence was stolen whilst out of Australia, once back in Queensland complete a statutory declaration outlining the circumstances of the theft.

In order to replace your licence card:

A receipt/s will be issued by the local Queensland police station.  Keep this receipt/s as they will act as the licence/s until the new card/s are received in the mail.

Note: Your weapons licence card carries your photo and signature to prevent unauthorised use of your weapons licence.

Further information about replacing a licence.

My weapons licence has been lost. How do I replace it?

Report the loss of the licence to an Officer in Charge of police immediately after you become aware of the loss.  A QPRIME Occurrence Number/Crime Report Number is NOT required providing the licensee has reported the loss of the licence to an Officer in Charge of police.  If the licence was lost whilst out of Australia once back in Queensland complete a statutory declaration outlining the circumstances of the loss.

In order to replace your licence card:

A receipt/s will be issued by the local Queensland police station.  Keep this receipt/s as they will act as the licence/s until the new card/s are received in the mail.

Note: Your weapons licence card carries your photo and signature to prevent unauthorised use of your weapons licence.

Further information about replacing a licence.

My weapons licence has been damaged/destroyed/illegible. How do I replace it?

As the licensee, if you are still in possession of the damaged/illegible licence card, you must surrender the damaged/illegible weapons licence card/s to your local police station, to be forwarded to Weapons Licensing. 
If the weapons licence card/s has been totally destroyed, or has been disposed of you must report the destruction of the licence card/s and the disposal method of the licence card/s by completing a Statutory Declaration stating:-

  • You are no longer in possession of the licence card/s; and
  • How and where the licence card/s was disposed of.

In order to replace your licence card:

  • Complete a fee for each individual licence that requires replacing

A receipt/s will be issued by the local Queensland police station.  Keep this receipt/s as they will act as the licence/s until the new card/s are received in the mail.

Incorrect details are on my licence, how do I get it corrected?

If you notice a mistake, advise Weapons Licensing in writing as to what the mistake is and what the correct information should be.  If the mistake is proven to be confirmed, the licence will be reissued with the correct details by Weapons Licensing.  In some instances copies of relevant document/s verifying the change/s must be included with the application.

This request can also be actioned by completing a Form 3 – Application for a Replacement Licence/Permit to Acquire and lodging at your local Queensland police station. 

Please contact Weapons Licensing to ascertain if a fee is payable and what relevant documentation maybe required for this replacement.

I never received my weapons licence card?

If it can be established that the licence card not being received is no fault of the licensee and it is not greater than six (6) months since the licence was issued, the licence can be replaced free of charge on the following conditions:-

The licensee must provide a Statutory Declaration stating –

  • They have never received the licence card
  • They have not changed their residential address or postal address since the licence was issued; and
  • The address listed on the approved form was true and correct at the time of completion.

If it is greater than six (6) months since the licence was issued, the licensee must lodge a Form 3 – Application for a Replacement Licence/Permit to Acquire and pay the relevant fee for a replacement licence at the local Queensland police station.

My licence is due to expire in three (3) months, I have received my renewal package but cannot locate my licence. How do I replace the weapons licence card?

As you have received your renewal package, please lodge your renewal application as soon as possible at your local Queensland police station ensuring reference is made to the loss of your licence in the renewal documentation.

As a licensee you must report the loss of the licence to an Officer in Charge of police immediately after you become aware of the loss.  A QPRIME Occurrence Number/Crime Report Number is NOT required providing the licensee has reported the loss of the licence to an Officer in Charge of police. 

I have changed my name, how do I replace my weapons licence card?

In order to change a name, complete the online Change in Circumstance form or a Form 4A – Change of Address, Name or Weapon Storage Facility and lodge at your local Queensland police station providing evidence of your new name.  Acceptable documents verifying a change of name include drivers licence, marriage certificate, divorce papers, change of name certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages or evidence of change of name by deed poll.  Fees are waived in this instance.  Copies of the document/s verifying the change must be included with the application.

Further information about a change in circumstance regarding a weapons licence.

What is the process of surrendering my licence/weapon?

If your licence has expired or you no longer wish to hold your licence you may surrender the licence card to your local Queensland police station.

You must provide documentary evidence of the lawful disposal of the weapons in your possession when you surrender your licence card and complete a QP463 – Notice of Surrender of Licence.

Can I change my address over the phone?

Yes, you as the licensee can contact Weapons Licensing on 3015 7777 to update your address during business hours.  Alternatively, you can complete the online Change in Circumstance form or download a Form 4A – Change of Address, Name and Weapon Storage Facility and lodge at your local Queensland police station.  There is no fee for a change of address. 

What is the form required to change my address/storage facility? 

You can complete the online Change in Circumstance form or download a Form 4A – Change of Address, Name and Weapon Storage Facility and lodge at your local Queensland police station.

My employee has left my employment, what do I do?

You may provide details of the employee to Weapons Licensing advising that the person is no longer employed on the property/business and that the person’s authority to possess and use weapon/s on the rural land is withdrawn.

Weapons Licensing will action appropriate follow up.

Property owners’ responsibilities

If you are a landowner who provides written permission to shoot on the rural land to a person or body for a fee or reward or to more than 50 persons, you must keep a register (permit register).  The following information must be contained in the register:-

(a) the name and address of the person or body to whom permission was given

(b) the date permission was given; and

(c) if permission was limited by time the day the permission ends. 

You must keep a register while receiving a fee or reward or you continue to have more than 50 persons. 

Permission given to a body allowing its members or members of another body affiliated with the body to shoot on the landowner’s rural land is taken to be a single permission.

If you are a landowner who provides written permission to shoot on the rural land to a person and you wish to revoke that permission, forward a letter to Weapons Licensing outlining details of the person and that the person’s authority to possess and use weapon/s on the rural land is withdrawn/revoked.

Weapons Licensing will action appropriate follow up.

Section 168A of the Weapons Act 1990 relates to particular landowners to keep permit register.