​​​Minor’s Licences are issued to individuals from the aged 11 to 17 years (inclusive). 

A Minor’s Licence may only be issued for:

  1. Sports or Target Shooting: to authorise the licensee to physically possess any Category A, B or H weapon to transport it to and from a range and to use it under the supervision of a range officer.
  2. Primary production on rural land: to authorise the licensee to physically possess any Category A or B weapon for use in the conduct of the licensee’s business or employment.

In some cases this licence may be endorsed for a Category C weapon to use for clay target shooting or occupational purposes. 

A minor cannot acquire a firearm on this licence. Sections 36 - 38 of the Weapons Regulations 2016 provide guidelines for acquisition of a Minor’s Licence.    
       
Unlike adult licences, where a Concealable Firearms Licence and a Shooters Licence are separate, issued Minor’s Licences will have both condition types on one licence, due to the limited nature of what the licence authorises. 

Once a minor turns 18 years of age they will need to apply for appropriate adult licence/s, as the Minor’s Licence will no longer be valid.  Weapons Licensing generally forwards correspondence advising Minor’s Licence holders to lodge new adult applications prior to the expiry date of the Minor’s Licence.  It is important that you keep Weapons Licensing advised of your current address.

If you change your home and/or postal address you can use the online Change of Circumstance form to update your details.

Applying for a Minor’s Licence

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

You can now apply online for a Weapons Licence and submit all the documents. Applicants for a Minor's Licence can arrange payment using a credit/debit Mastercard or Visa in the name of another person (if required).

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.

Club purposes (Category A, B, C & H)

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

  • Proof of address
  • A copy of birth certificate or passport or learners permit
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course
  • A letter from a parent or guardian authorising the use of firearms. Contact details of the parent or guardian must be provided
  • Proof of membership of an approved shooting club; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

For Category C you must also provide:

  • Proof of membership of a club approved for clay target shooting; and
  • A medical certificate proving a lack of physical dexterity that requires you to use a Category C weapon.

For Category H you must also provide:

  • Proof of membership of a Queensland pistol club for at least six (6) months and proof of participation in at least three (3) handgun shooting competitions; and
  • An Approved Club declaration (QP518A) completed by your club representative within the preceding 28 days.

More information on the requirements for Category H for club purposes

Primary production on rural lands (Category A, B & C)

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

  • Proof of address
  • Copy of birth certificate or passport or learners permit
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course
  • Permission, signed and dated by a property owner within the past 12 months, stating the reason why the weapons are required. The property owner should state the details of the applicant’s employment (this permission should be provided for each property you intend to shoot on)
  • A letter from a parent or guardian authorising the use of firearms. Contact details of the parent or guardian must be provided; and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

For Category C you must also provide:

  • Proof that the applicant has a significant animal/vermin infestation problem on their property and details of other methods of eradication that have been tried and have proven unsuccessful
  • A statement of how long you have occupied the property and, if you do not reside on the property, how often you attend it; and
  • Details of any other Category C licence holders on the property (if there are others, state why another licence of this type is necessary).​