Find out how to apply for or ‘renew’ an endorsement in your capacity as a person to whom the items have a special significance as a memento or heirloom. 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. 

Memento or heirloom: Before you apply

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

If we receive your application before your current endorsement expires, you can keep your heirloom or memento items 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 an endorsement. 

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

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

Fees include GST. 

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

Apply for memento or heirloom endorsement

How to apply

Step 1: Print, complete and sign the form

Endorsement application form: Memento and heirloom – FRM29TS (PDF, 146 KB)

Note: if you are using MyFirearms to apply for another endorsement at the same time, you can upload this application form to MyFirearms and pay online – instead of posting the form and paying at a NZ PostShop.

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. 

What to expect after you submit your application

Once your application has been received, we will carry out further checks to assess whether you are a suitable person to be issued an endorsement. 

This includes: 

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

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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