MyFirearms upgrade will impact draft applications and forms
From 16 June to 24 June 2023, we’re carrying out a system upgrade to support the launch of the Firearms Registry. MyFirearms will be unavailable during this time. As part of this upgrade, we will need to delete all draft applications and forms. This includes any that have been saved but unsubmitted for less than the usual 30-day retention period. If you start an application in MyFirearms, please complete and submit it before 16 June 2023. We apologise for any inconvenience. For help with your application, call 0800 844 431.


In New Zealand, every firearm user requires a firearms licence unless the use of the firearms is under the direct supervision of a current firearms licence holder.

Below you will find information on how to apply for New Zealand firearms licences and endorsements for residents, visitors, collectors and dealers.


New Zealand Firearms Licence
To possess and use a firearm in New Zealand you must have a current firearms licence.


Visitor Firearms Licence & Import Permits
As a visitor, you need a visitor's firearms licence to bring in and use firearms unsupervised in New Zealand. You will also need an import permit to bring in prohibited offensive weapons other than firearms.


Dealer's Licence
If you sell, hire, lend, display, auction, repair, modify, or manufacture firearms you need a dealer’s licence.


Permit to Import or Possess
You must have a firearms or dealers licence and then seek a Permit to Import before purchasing firearms, pistol carbine conversion kits (PCCKs) or ammunition from overseas.


You need to apply for one or more endorsements on your firearms licence if you want to possess higher risk classes of firearms, such as pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms, or prohibited magazines.




Need help?

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