Find out how to apply for or renew a dealer's licence and endorsements, so you can carry out activities such as selling, hiring, lending or supplying firearms and other arms items in New Zealand.

Before you begin

Collect the information and documents you need to provide as part of your application.

Before you apply for a dealer's licence

Renewing your dealer’s licence and endorsements

Dealer’s licences are valid for 12 months

Endorsements are valid until: 

  • your dealer’s licence expires or is surrendered or revoked 
  • your endorsement is surrendered or revoked. 

We recommend you apply for a new licence (and any endorsements) 4 months before your licence expires. If you apply for a new one before your current dealer’s licence expires, your business can continue as usual until you get a decision about your new application. Your new licence starts on the date of this decision. 

How much it costs

Application fees:
  • New or renewed dealer licence – $204
  • Dealer gun show consent – $50
  • One or more endorsements, applied for at the same time – $204

These fees include GST and are not refundable. If you apply through MyFirearms you can pay using a credit or debit card (Visa or Mastercard). You will be charged a credit card surcharge of 1.9%.

Apply online through MyFirearms

The fastest way to apply for a dealer's licence (and endorsements) is online through MyFirearms

To use MyFirearms, you must have a mobile phone and a RealMe login.

What is MyFirearms?

MyFirearms is our online portal that lets you provide information for the Firearms Registry and apply for and manage your firearms licensing.

About MyFirearms

What is RealMe?

RealMe login is a service from the New Zealand government that lets you use one username and password to access a wide range of services online.

If you do not have a RealMe login already, you’ll be prompted to create one before you start your application. You do not need a RealMe verified identity.

Get help with RealMe 

Step 1: Log in

Visit MyFirearms and log in with RealMe. You’ll need your mobile phone to carry out the security check.

Visit MyFirearms

Step 2: Create your MyFirearms profile

To use MyFirearms, you must first create a MyFirearms profile.

You need to provide your name, date of birth and the details of your New Zealand firearms licence. 

A MyFirearms profile is unique to each person. It will be linked to your firearms licence, so you do not need to provide these details again when using MyFirearms.

Step 3: Complete the Dealer's Licence form

Select 'Dealer’s Licence' and complete the form.

If needed, complete the endorsements section of the form as well.

Step 4: 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 5: Submit your application

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

Other ways to apply

How to apply by post

If you're unable to apply online through MyFirearms, you can use a paper form. 

To request a paper form, call 0800 844 431 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Note: Applications submitted by post may take longer to process.


What to expect after you submit your application

Once we’ve received your application, Police will contact you to arrange a time to interview you.

Police will ask your referees to fill out a questionnaire and then interview them.

You will need to show Police your secure storage facilities are suitable for the proposed activities and the classes of arms items held for those activities.

Last updated
24 January 2024


Need help?
phone Phone 0800 844 431 (04 499 2870)
8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday