Licence holders may be required to photograph firearms for the purpose of positive identification in the Firearms Registry. Find out what you need to do if you are required to photograph your arms item.

How to photograph your firearm

A photograph may be required to determine the make, model or serial number, or any other aspect of the arms item. Read our guide for photographing firearms for the Firearms Registry. 

Get help identifying a firearm’s details

To register a firearm, you must know what type (for example rifle, shotgun etc) it is, as well as its make, model, action, calibre/gauge and, if it has a non-detachable magazine, how many rounds it can hold. 

Your firearm should have a marking (serial number) on the receiver, action or frame.

Get help registering a firearm 

If you need more help

Call us on 0800 844 431 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you're not in New Zealand, phone: +64 4 499 2870.

Last updated
2 May 2024


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