Apply for an endorsement

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, and/or prohibited magazines.

More stringent security and storage (PDF 1.3MB) requirements also apply for these firearms (regulation 28).

A permit to possess (if the item is acquired domestically) or permit to import (if you obtain the item from overseas) is required to make an endorsement specific to every pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine.

When you apply for an endorsement, you will also need to complete specified sections of the firearms licence application form (there will be no charge for that) so Police can ensure we have the most up to date information for you. When you complete this electronically, you can then save the form to update at a later date for any reapplications.

Note: Some endorsement specific conditions are detailed below. Conditions are set out in the Arms Act or Arms Regulations. In addition, other conditions may be prescribed (regulation 28D and s 32(2)).

Types of endorsements

Pistol target shooting


If you want to use pistols for target shooting, you will need to be a member of an incorporated pistol club recognised by the Commissioner of Police and a pistol target shooting endorsement.

As part of the application process, you will need to let your club know you are applying and request they download and complete the Supporting club and national body form (Editable PDF 73KB) and send it to the national body, who will then send it to Police. This form is required to support your application.

Apply by completing this form:

and submitting your application online.

Conditions

  • You may use the pistol on your endorsement only for target pistol shooting on a pistol range approved by the Commissioner of Police. [Arms Regulations 1992 s22(1)(a)]
  • You must actively participate in the activities of a pistol club by taking part in activities on the pistol range used by that club on at least 12 days in each year. [Arms Regulations 1992 s22(1)(b)]
  • You may carry pistols beyond your place of residence only to a pistol club range, a Police station, a licensed dealer, or a gunsmith for the purposes of repair, unless otherwise as permitted in writing in a particular case by Police. [Arms Regulations 1992 s36]

Note: If you want to possess and use a pistol carbine conversion kit, you will need to first obtain an endorsement and permit for a pistol, then apply for a permit to possess or import the kit.
 

Bona fide collector


If you want to collect pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms and/or prohibited magazines, you will need a bona fide collector endorsement.

Collections must have an identifiable theme. An ad hoc, unrelated group of firearms is not a collection.

Arms items possessed under this endorsement cannot be used in any kind of live firing. This endorsement requires strict storage security (PDF 1.3MB).

Apply by completing this form:

and submitting your application online.

Conditions

  • Any restricted weapons or prohibited firearms you possess under this endorsement must be rendered inoperable by the removal of a vital part and it must be kept in an inoperable condition. In addition, the storage of the vital part of a prohibited firearm must be at a separate address approved by Police while the vital part of a restricted weapon can be stored in separate location at the same address as the weapon. You can find more information on storage of the vital parts (PDF 311KB) and on storage and security requirements (PDF 1.3MB).
  • Items held on this endorsement cannot be used with live ammunition.
  • You may only carry the pistols, prohibited items, or restricted weapons beyond your place of residence if it is to a Police station, or a place at which there is to be held an organised sale or exhibition and the item is to be displayed at that place, or otherwise as permitted in writing  in a particular case by Police. [see s36]

Heirloom/Memento


If you have a particular pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm and/or prohibited magazine or item that is of special significance to you as an heirloom or memento, you can apply for an endorsement to possess it in that capacity.

For example; an heirloom is a firearm that has been in the family for successive generations and has a special significance to the applicant, a memento is a firearm that is kept in memory of a person or event.

Apply by completing this form:

and submitting your application online.

Conditions

  • Firearms, magazines, and/or arms items possessed under this endorsement are not allowed to be used in any kind of live firing.
  • Any restricted weapons or prohibited firearms you possess under this endorsement must be rendered inoperable by the removal of a vital part, and it must be kept in an inoperable condition. The storage of the vital part of a prohibited firearm must be at a separate address approved by Police while the vital part of a restricted weapon can be stored in a separate location at the same address as the weapon. You can find more information on storage of the vital parts (PDF 311KB) and on storage security requirements (PDF 1.3MB).
  • You may possess the arms items only within the limits of your dwelling house, except as permitted in writing in a particular case by Police. [see s36]

Museum director/curator


If you are a museum director or curator, and you wish to possess pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms and/or prohibited magazines in that capacity, then you will need a museum director/curator endorsement.

Apply by completing this form:

and submitting your application online.

Conditions

  • Arms items possessed on this endorsement cannot be used with live ammunition.
  • Any restricted weapons or prohibited firearms you possess under this endorsement must be rendered inoperable by the removal of a vital part and it must be kept in an inoperable condition. The storage of the vital part of a prohibited firearm must be at a separate address approved by Police while the vital part of a restricted weapon can be stored in a separate location at the same address as the weapon. You can find more information on storage of the vital parts (PDF 311KB) and on storage security requirements (PDF 1.3MB).
  • Any pistols, prohibited items, or restricted weapons held pursuant to the endorsement must remain within the limits of the museum, except as permitted in writing in a particular case by Police. [see s36]
     

Broadcaster/Theatrical


The broadcaster/theatrical endorsement application form is for those applicants who wish to use and be able to supervise others in the use of firearms, including pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms and/or prohibited magazines for film, theatre productions, or re-enactments.

Endorsement applicants for the broadcaster/theatrical endorsement need to be able to show and provide proof of:

  • Previous involvement in the film making, broadcasting industry, or theatre productions
  • An in depth understanding of engineering and metal working
  • Expertise and experience in the relevant firearms modifications to provide a safe working environment for production cast and crew
  • Plans for the health and safety of production cast and crew
  • Plans for the safe transport and on-site storage of the firearms before during and after the production.

Apply by completing this form:

and submitting your application online.

Conditions

  • These firearms can only be fired, once modified, under your direct, close supervision and with blank ammunition.
  • If you intend to possess prohibited firearms you will also need to provide a storage location for the vital parts of the prohibited firearms. You can find more information on storage security requirements.

 

Dealer employee


If you work for a dealer then you will need a dealer employee endorsement to be able to deal in pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms and/or prohibited magazines. As a holder of this endorsement you can only handle these arms items in your role as an employee.

The duration of the dealer employee endorsement is 12 months. [There are some exceptions noted in the duration section.]

Apply by completing this form:

and submitting your application online.

Notes:

  • The endorsement does not allow you to apply for a permit to possess any pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms, and/or prohibited magazines, or pistol carbine conversion kits (see s35(2A), s35AAA(2)(b), s35A(2A), Arms Act 1983).
  • If you are a dealer looking for an endorsement to possess pistols, restricted weapons prohibited firearms and/or prohibited magazines in the course of your business this is now on the dealer licence application form.
     

 

Pest controllers


If you need to use prohibited items for pest control in relation to your business or job, you may be eligible for a pest controller endorsement to be able to possess and use prohibited firearms for pest control. If any of the below are applicable to you, you may be able to apply for this endorsement.

  • You are employed or engaged by the Department of Conservation and involved in operations for the purpose of controlling wild animals or animal pests (in accordance with the Wildlife Act 1953, the Wild Animal Control 1977, the Conservation Act 1987, or the Biosecurity Act 1993). Department of Conservation employees should talk to their Manager about application forms.
  • You hold a concession granted by the Minister of Conservation to undertake wild animal recovery operations (in accordance with the Wildlife Act 1953, the Wild Animal Control Act 1977, the Conservation Act 1987, or the Biosecurity Act 1993).
  • You are employed or engaged by a management agency as defined in section 100 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and involved in operations for the purpose of controlling wild animals or animal pests in accordance with that Act.
  • Your sole business, or a substantial part of whose business, is providing services to control prescribed wild animals or animal pests, or a person employed or engaged by that person for that purpose.
  • You are the owner, manager, or an employee of an agricultural, horticultural, or silvicultural business, and there is a real possibility that the commercial viability of the business would be detrimentally affected to a significant extent by the presence of prescribed wild animals or animal pests on any land used for that business (subject to prescribed limits, if any).

Note: Prescribed animals are wild deer, chamois, tahr, wild pigs, wild goats, wallaby, feral rabbit, feral hare, and Canada geese.

What kind of information will I need to provide?

You will be asked to provide the following information as part of your application for a prohibited firearm endorsement as a pest control business owner or employee.

  • Personal and business information including proof of business or employment in this industry.
  • Details of prohibited items currently or intended to be possessed for business purposes.
  • Employees/casual workers or contractors engaged and type of work they carry out. If they will be handling a prohibited firearm, they will be required to submit a separate application form. If using the services of a contractor, that person should fill out and submit a business owner application.
  • Experience handling semi-automatic firearms/wild animal pest control and/or recovery.
  • Animal pest control or wild animal recovery engagement details, i.e. proof that you have existing and future contracts or engagements that clearly demonstrate the nature of your business or employment as your primary or significant income source.
  • Description of why prohibited firearms and/or large capacity magazines are necessary to carry out this work, i.e. why other types of standard firearms are unsuitable.
  • Security arrangements in place or proposed for the storage of prohibited firearms, prohibited magazines, and ammunition.
  • Arrangements for health and safety, range training, and testing/sighting.
  • Documentary evidence from the agency, authority, or primary producer that shows that you have been engaged, including appropriate documentation of on-going engagements where indicated.
  • If the applicant is the owner, manager, or employee of an agriculture, horticulture, or silviculture business the applicant must:
    • Provide (or demonstrate they are actively working on) a property pest management plan.
    • Have the pest management plan supported by corroborating expert evidence of wild animal or animal pests on the economic unit (e.g. Farm advisers, Regional Council Biosecurity officers, relevant Landcare Trust representatives or National Queen Elizabeth II Trust).
       

Application forms

Applying a serial number to prohibited magazines

When an endorsement and permit are going to be granted for prohibited magazines, a serial number will need to be applied to the magazine. A guide on how to do this is below.

Fees

The fee for any endorsement is $204, incl. GST. If you apply for multiple endorsements at the same time the fee remains $204.

Process

Applicants for any endorsement have to complete an endorsement application AND a new firearms licence application. This is to ensure Police has the latest information about the applicant and their circumstances.

Where you are a current licence holder and are applying for a particular endorsement for the first time, your application must contain:

  • The endorsement application form; and
  • A scan or photo (or photocopy for hard copy submissions) of the PostShop receipt of your endorsement application fee payment; and
  • A firearms licence application form (Editable PDF 591KB) with only sections A, F, G, L and N completed. Note you do not need to submit the identity documents required for the firearms licence application. There is no payment required for the firearm licence application.

In all other cases (e.g. if you’re renewing an endorsement together with your firearms licence), your application must contain:

  • The endorsement application form; and
    • A scan or photo (or photocopy for hard copy submissions) of the PostShop receipt of your endorsement application fee payment, noting only one endorsement fee needs to be paid for two or more endorsements; and
  • A firearms licence application form (Editable PDF 591KB) completed in full; and
    • the identity documents required for the licence application
    • A scan or photo (or photocopy for hard copy submissions) of the PostShop receipt of your firearms licence application fee payment.

Download a firearms licence application form (Editable PDF 591KB).

For the endorsement, download the relevant endorsement application from this page.

Submit both your endorsement application and your firearms licence application at the same time on the firearms forms upload page by selecting the Endorsement option. Alternatively, you can post or deliver your applications to your local police station.

If you have any questions or need any help, please contact your local firearms office.

Duration

Your endorsement will last for the (remaining) duration of your firearms licence.

Exceptions are:

  • Dealer employee endorsement, which continues in force for 12 months unless one of the following first occurs
    • your firearms licence expires or is surrendered or revoked
    • the dealer’s licence of the dealer you are employed by expires or is surrendered or revoked
    • the relevant endorsement on the dealer’s licence is revoked
  • Pest controller endorsement, which is granted for 2 years and 6 months

Referees

To support your endorsement application, you will need to provide a referee (separate to the two referees you provided for your firearms licence application). This person should be related to the type of endorsement you are applying for. The Heirloom/Memento endorsement is the exception to this.

Endorsement referees need to have knowledge of your endorsement-related activities and the wider context of these activities. They also need to be able to show why they are able to be a good referee, i.e. they can demonstrate their expertise in the particular area, such as their own collection activities.

Referees must:

  • know you well, and
  • be knowledgeable on the endorsement specific subject matter, and
  • understand/know your interest/experience in the subject matter.

Inspection condition for all endorsements

All endorsements are subject to the conditions in section 31A of the Arms Act.

This provides that the endorsement holder must:

  • Produce the pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine to any member of the Police on demand; and
  • Permit the member of the Police to inspect the pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine and the place where it is kept, and, for that purpose, to enter at all reasonable time upon the premises where that place is situated.

The member of Police exercising this power needs to identify themselves to you and tell you that they are exercising this power under the Arms Act. If they are not in uniform, they must provide evidence that they are a member of Police.

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