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

Firearms Registry requirements apply from 24 June 2023

If you’re applying for or reapplying for a firearms licence, or endorsement from 24 June 2023, you must register all items in your possession within 30 days of submission, including those you have a permit for. 

This does not apply if you submitted your application before 24 June 2023. 

Firearms Registry

What is a memento or heirloom?

  • An heirloom is a firearm or other arms item your family has kept for generations and has special significance for you.  
  •  A memento is a firearm or other arms item you keep in memory of a person or event and has special significance for you. 
  • Heirlooms and mementos are not collections, and the purpose of this endorsement is not to gather a collection of arms items. 

To collect arms items, you must apply for an endorsement as a bona fide collector. 

When you need an endorsement

You must apply for an endorsement if you want to keep any of the following items as a memento or heirloom: 

  • pistols 
  • restricted weapons 
  • prohibited firearms 
  • prohibited magazines. 

For definitions of these items, visit: 

Who is eligible to apply

If the endorsement is for prohibited firearms or prohibited magazines, you must: 

  • be aged 18 or over 
  • have a New Zealand firearms licence, or be applying for one. 

If the endorsement is for pistols or restricted weapons, you must: 

  • have a New Zealand firearms licence, or be applying for one. 

How long an endorsement lasts

An endorsement lasts until: 

  • your firearms licence expires or is surrendered or revoked 
  • your endorsement is surrendered or revoked. 

Information you need to provide in your application

When you apply for an endorsement, you need to provide the following information.

Reasons for possessing firearms or other arms items

If the item is an heirloom, you need to describe when and how it came into your family and why it is of significance to you.

If the item is a memento, you need to describe the event or person it is kept in memory of, and how it is of special significance to you. 

Your suitability

You need to describe, in your own words:

  • why you are a suitable person to have access to pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms or prohibited magazines
  • your obligations.

For information about your obligations, visit Conditions

Security arrangements

You must:  

  • provide the address where you will store the items
  • describe your security arrangements.

Your security arrangements will be inspected.

If you do not have secure storage yet, you must arrange for it to be installed. Your application will not be approved until Te Tari Pūreke are satisfied with your secure storage arrangements. 

A photo – if you are applying only for an endorsement 

If you are only applying for an endorsement, and not a licence, you must provide a photo.

You must supply a recent, good quality digital photograph that is a good likeness of yourself. A scanned copy of a photograph will not be accepted. 

The photograph must meet the minimum requirements as set out in Regulation 30 of the Arms Regulations 1992. Passport photos from commercial outlets will typically meet these requirements. 

This means the photograph must: 

  • have been taken within the last 12 months   
  • be a full front view of your face – chin to forehead and both sides of your face  
  • show head and shoulders, with the head filling most of the photograph  
  • be of you without a hat or head covering (except where your religion requires you to wear a hat or head covering)  
  • have a plain, light-coloured background  
  • be in colour and in focus  
  • be in portrait format (with a 4:3 aspect ratio)  
  • be in JPG or JPEG format  
  • be between 25KB and 10MB  
  • be between 900 and 4500 pixels wide and 1200 and 6000 pixels high.  

We will not accept photographs that do not meet these standards.


You will be asked to provide a referee who understands the special significance of the arms item to you. 

They do not need to have a firearms licence. 

You may have to answer the same questions in your firearms licence application and your endorsement application – even if you are applying for them at the same time. 

When you reapply for your firearms licence, you must also reapply for your endorsement.

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 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. 

Applying for permits

Once you have an endorsement, you are eligible to apply for a permit to possess or import your memento or heirloom item. 

Learn more about permits


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