Online Licence Renewal Applications
To provide an improved service to our clients, Weapons Licencing has extended Weapons Application Online (WAO) to support the online submission of individual and business licence renewal applications. Licensees can now complete their online application form, provide their supporting documentation and pay their renewal application fee - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
As a courtesy, The Queensland Police Service posts/emails licence renewal packs to licensees 3 months prior to the expiry date of their licence. 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 licence holders when confirming their licence and personal details online and will greatly improve their experience in WAO.
Processing of renewals
Section 20A of the
Weapons Act provides that a licence renewal which is lodged before the day the licence expires remains in force for a period up to 42 days after the expiry date or until an authorised officer renews the licence or rejects the application, whichever occurs first. Please note applications to renew are processed in expiry date order. Renewals are currently being processed at expiry date.
Simplification of Renewal Form
Weapons Licensing recently introduced a simplified renewal form to reduce the size of the courtesy renewal package and the amount of information being supplied. Licence holders will have to complete a simple one page form if their genuine reason has not changed.
Weapons Licensing is currently receiving a higher number of renewal applications due to a five yearly spike associated with the introduction of relicensing in 1997
The date of birth extension project and other initiatives have been implemented to assist with the management of renewals. Section 20A of the Weapons Act provides that a licence renewal which is lodged before the day the licence expires remains in force for a period up to 42 days after the expiry date or until an authorised officer renews the licence or rejects the application, whichever occurs first.
Please note applications to renew are processed in expiry date order and are currently being processed at expiry date.
Weapons Licensing is developing a further organisational level strategy to reduce backlogs across all processing activity. Furthermore, Weapons Licensing is developing further organisational level strategies to reduce backlogs across all processing activities.
Licence holders should advise WL of any change of address and/or change in contact details (to reduce return to sender activity)
Licence holders have the option to use the Online Change in Circumstances form to advise of their change in circumstances relating to a change of name, address and/or change of contact details (e.g. Home, Mobile, Work, Fax or Email Address) or alternatively are required to complete a
Form 4A – Change of Address, Change of Name(s), Change of Weapon(s) Secure Storage Facility available in the
Licence holders should renew club membership as required
Licence holders must have a genuine reason (for example club membership for sports or target shooting) at the time of the issue of the licence and are to ensure that they continue to have a genuine reason to retain their licence.
Addresses consisting only of a property name and suburb
It is requested that the applicant provide the Lot and Plan numbers in every instance or alternatively provide a copy of a rates notice for the listed property. This will assist Weapons Licensing staff to verify the address.
Licence holders should monitor the expiry date of their licence
Licence holders must ensure they lodge their renewal application at least the day before their licence expires.
The onus is on licence holders to be aware of their licence expiry dates and to lodge their renewal applications at a Queensland Police Station on time.
Licence holders are reminded that if an application is lodged on or after the expiry date, they will be required to pay the application fee as well as the renewal fee
An exception to this occurs if the day before the licence expires is not a business day e.g. Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the application can be lodged on the next business day. If the renewal application is not lodged on time the application will be treated as a New Licence application and issued on a pro-rata basis taking into account the fees paid, the prescribed licence application fee and yearly licence fee.
Concealable firearms licence renewals
Pistol club members are reminded that it is a legislative requirement to provide a completed QP518A (Approved Club Declaration) and participation shoots when lodging their renewal application. Club representatives are to be reminded of their responsibility to ensure the
QP518A is completed correctly.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Expired licences awaiting renewal
Licence holders are advised that once they lodge their application at a Queensland Police Station, their licence is deemed to be
valid for a period of up to 42 days after the Licence Expiry Date. This allows the person to keep any weapons in their possession during this period. For licence holders wanting to attend shooting clubs and ranges in this time to shoot, they may produce their licence card and a copy of the lodgement receipt of their renewal to the club or range representative, to demonstrate they still have a valid licence. Please note, the decision to allow the person to shoot will be at the discretion of the range operator in accordance with their local policies and procedures.
Completion of Form 6A/6B Annexure Genuine Reason – Applicants to complete all check boxes on their applications
Licence holders will have to complete an
Application to renew licence – Annexure – Genuine Reason if their genuine reason has changed. A licence can only be issued if all questions have been answered.
Applicants Asked to Provide Email Address
Weapons Licensing has now commenced emailing courtesy renewal packages to existing licence holders. Prior to the expiry of your licence, should you not lodge your renewal you may receive a renewal reminder email from Weapons Licensing. If existing licence holders haven't supplied an email address or have changed their existing email address and wish to take up this service, we ask that applicants provide Weapons Licensing with their current or amended email addresses.