The fastest way to apply for an endorsement is online through MyFirearms. It costs $204.

Before you begin

Check what the endorsement allows you to do, who can apply, and what you need to provide in your application. 

Before you apply for an endorsement as a dealer employee

If you’re reapplying for (‘renewing’) your endorsement

Your employee endorsement continues in force for one year and is linked to your own firearms licence and your employer’s dealer licence. This means, your endorsement will expire after one year or if one of the following occurs first:  

  • your firearms licence expires 
  • your endorsement is surrendered or revoked 
  • you cease to be employed by the licensed dealer 
  • the licensed dealer’s licence expires 
  • the licensed dealer’s licence is surrendered or revoked 
  • the licensed dealer’s endorsement is revoked. 

Your employer should tell you when they renew their dealer licence. Your endorsement is connected to the dealer’s licence, and you may need to provide us with updated information. 

If we receive your application before your current endorsement expires, you can continue to handle endorsed items as part of your work for a licensed dealer until the new one is issued. 

Note: Reapplying for an endorsement is often referred to as a ‘renewal’, but you are not actually renewing your old endorsement. Each time you apply for an endorsement, your application is considered in full against the requirements of the Arms Act 1983. 

If you’re applying for a licence as well as an endorsement

If you are applying for or renewing a licence and endorsements, you must complete an application form for the licence and another application form for the endorsements. 

There is a fee for each. 

How much it costs

It costs $204 to apply for a dealer employee endorsement. 

If you apply for other endorsements at the same time, you only pay $204 total. 

This endorsement fee is in addition to a licence application fee. 

Fees include GST. 

The easiest way to apply and pay is online through MyFirearms (there is a 1.9% card payment fee). 

Fees cover the cost of processing your application and are not refundable regardless of the outcome of your application. 

Apply online through MyFirearms

To use MyFirearms, you must have a mobile phone and a RealMe login (not a ‘RealMe verified identity’). If you do not have a RealMe login already, you’ll be prompted to create one before you start your application. 

Step 1: Log in 

Visit MyFirearms and log in with your RealMe account. 

You’ll need your mobile phone to carry out the security check. 

Visit MyFirearms 

Step 2: Complete the Endorsement Application form 

Select 'Endorsement Application' and complete the form. 

Save a draft to make sure you do not lose the information you have entered. Once saved, you must submit your application within 30 days or it will be removed from your account. 

Step 3: Pay the fee  

You can pay online with Visa or Mastercard. You will be charged a credit card surcharge of 1.9%. 

Note: When you apply online, you must pay the application fee in MyFirearms. Do not pay the application fee at an NZ PostShop. 

Step 4: Submit your application 

Review the summary, then submit the form. You’ll receive an email to confirm we’ve received your application. 

How to apply by post

Step 1: Print, complete and sign the form

Endorsement application form: Dealer employee – FRM29DE (PDF, 146 KB)

Step 2: Pay the fee

Pay the application fee at an NZ PostShop and get a receipt to include with your application.

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Step 3: Post or deliver your form and supporting documents

You can submit your form with your supporting documents by:

  • handing in to your local Police station
  • posting them to New Zealand Police, National Support Team – Kapiti, PO Box 722, Paraparaumu 5032. 

When you apply online you must pay the application fee in MyFirearms before you submit the form. Do not pay the application fee at an NZ Post shop. 

What to expect after you submit your application

Once your application has been received, we will carry out further checks. 

This includes: 

  • arranging an in-person interview with you to discuss your application 
  • interviewing your referee and asking them to complete a questionnaire. 

Approving or refusing your application

If we approve your application, you’ll receive a letter.  

If we do not approve your application, you’ll receive a letter saying we intend to refuse it. You’ll be given the opportunity to respond to the consideration of refusal. If you do not make a submission or your submission is insufficient, you’ll receive a final refusal letter. 

If it is refused, you may appeal to the District Court. 

You must appeal within 20 working days of the refusal decision (unless the court gives special leave to extend that time). 

Arms Act 1983, section 62B – Right of appeal to District Court | Legislation website 


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