Applying for a Firearms Licence

Ensure you are aware of the general requirements for applying for a weapons licence.

You can now apply online for a Weapons Licence, submit all the documents and pay using credit/debit Mastercard or Visa.

You can still apply for a licence using a paper application form. You will need to submit it along with the required documentation and payment at a police station.

Below you will find the supporting documentation requirements and specific information for your genuine reason. Failure to submit all the required documentation will result in delays in processing your application.

Paintball Gallery employee (Category A only)

To apply you will need to provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A letter from a paintball field official stating that you are an employee of the business and need to access weapons as a part of your duties; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

Aerial feral animal controllers (Categories A, B, C & D)

To apply for a Firearms Licence to use a firearm from an aircraft for the purposes of animal control you must provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A copy of current authorisation issued under the provisions of Civil Aviation Authority permitting the carriage and use of firearms in and from the aircraft
  • Proof that you are currently engaged or employed for the purpose of aerial animal control
  • Letters or contracts from property owners or letters of intent from government departments.  These letters should include the property owners’ names, contact details, property sizes and surrounding features and type of terrain, extent of problems being encountered, the proposed action and the method of control which is currently being used
  • Details of who will be flying the aircraft and who will be using the weapons
  • Type and calibre of weapons intended to be registered to this licence; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

The maximum term for Category D licences have been extended to five (5) years.

Commercial Fisher (Categories A, B & C)

To apply you must provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A copy of your current boat registration documentation where applicable
  • A copy of your current Commercial Fisher Licence
  • Details of the type of commercial fishing being conducted and reasons why a firearm is necessary; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

If you require the use of Powerhead weapons provide details as to the duties for which a weapon of this type is required for. 

Commercial Wildlife Harvester (Categories A & B)

To apply you must provide the following documents with your application:

Accredited Game Meat Harvester (Categories A & B)

To apply, you must provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A copy of your current Certificate of Accreditation issued by SafeFood Queensland
  • A letter from a property owner authorising you to shoot on the property owner’s land. This letter is to detail the location, total area and description of the property; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

Government Service Entity (Categories A, B, C & D)

If you are employed by a government service entity you must provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A letter from your employer, verifying that you are employed by a government service entity and which outlines the duties for which firearms are necessary and the categories of firearms required; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

The maximum term for Category D licences have been extended to five (5) years.

Government service entity means:

 (a)   a department of the government of the State: or
 (b)   a museum under the control of the government of the State or 
        the Commonwealth; 
 (c)   another entity prescribed under a regulation that –

 (i) is established under an Act or under State authorisation for a public or 
     State purpose; or
 (ii) is engaged by the State or an entity mentioned in subparagraph (i) to
     provide a service for the State or entity;

but does not include the Queensland Police Service.

For example: government service entities include bodies such as Department of Primary Industries, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environment and Heritage.

Animal controllers - Government (categories A, B, C & D)

If you are an employee of a council or authority or other government entity you must provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A letter from your employer verifying the reason/s why firearms are necessary and the nature of duties undertaken by you
  • A list of other employees with an occupational licence for the council or authority; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

The maximum term for Category D licences have been extended to five (5) years.

Feral animal controllers on a property (categories A, B, C & D)

If you are an animal controller on a property you will need to provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • Business details such as registered business name
  • Contracts from property owners you are providing service to
  • Information in relation to the frequency of visit/s to the properties, details of types of firearms you intend to use in the conduct of your duties and why you have chosen the particular type of firearm must also be provided; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

The maximum term for Category D licences have been extended to five (5) years.

Note: If you are also applying for Category H use, you will need to complete a separate application for a Concealable Firearms Licence.  

Occupational – other employment purposes

This may include:

  • Veterinary surgeons (Categories A & B only)
  • Prawn/Fish farms (Categories A, B & C only)
  • Mobile butchers (Categories A & B only); and
  • Livestock transporters (Categories A & B only).

If your business requires the use of firearms in the conduct of your business/occupation, you must provide the following documents with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course covering the categories of weapons you are applying for
  • A letter on your business letterhead outlining specifically why the firearms are required and the categories of firearms required
  • A list of any other members of your staff requiring the use of these firearms
  • Employees of the business must supply a letter of authority from their employer verifying the application details and detailing the reasons why the applicant requires the firearm in the course of their employment and nature of the duties performed; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

For Prawn/Fish farm purposes, if firearms are used to shoot birds, you must provide a Damage Mitigation Permit from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection indicating bird problems exist.  Details such as the size of the prawn/fish farm must also accompany the application for a licence.​