Apply for an endorsement and permit to possess prohibited items

Changes in firearms legislation since 12 April 2019 has led to a ban on most semi-automatic firearms and some pump action shotguns; and also certain large capacity magazines. There are limited exemptions.

The following categories of persons may apply for an endorsement and permit to possess prohibited items. A fee is charged for each application submitted to Police for an endorsement for a prohibited item.

Exemption categories for possessing prohibited firearms, prohibited items, prohibited parts and prohibited magazines

  1. A licensed dealer, or an employee or agent of a licensed dealer.
  2. A bona fide collector of firearms. Collections must have an identifiable theme. An ad hoc, unrelated group of firearms is not a ‘collection’
  3. A person to whom a prohibited item has special significance as an heirloom or memento.
  4. A director or curator of a bona fide museum.
  5. An approved employee or member of a broadcaster (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1989) or a bona fide theatre company, society, cinematic, television film production company, or video recording production company.
  6. A person who is 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 Act 1977, the Conservation Act 1987, or the Biosecurity Act 1993).
  7. A person who is the holder of 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).
  8. A person who is 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.
  9. A person whose sole business, or a substantial part of whose business, is providing services to control any prescribed wild animals or animal pests, or a person employed or engaged by that person for that purpose. Prescribed animals are wild deer, chamois, tahr, wild pigs, wild goats, wallaby, feral rabbit, feral hare, and Canada geese.

Click on the relevant category below to find out more about the process to apply:

 

 

 

Pest Control / Wild Animal Recovery

Eligibility criteria for a prohibited firearm endorsement

If you fall under the following categories, you may apply for a prohibited item endorsement. You must hold a current and valid New Zealand firearms licence.

  • A person who is 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)
  • A person who is the holder of 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)
  • A person who is 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.
  • A person whose 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. Prescribed animals are wild deer, chamois, tahr, wild pigs, wild goats, wallaby, feral rabbit, feral hare, and Canada geese.

Note: Department of Conservation employees should talk to their Operations Manager about application forms.

Things to know and help you prepare for the application process

Before you start, below is a list of the type of information you will be asked to provide 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. NB: If using 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 - proof that you have existing and future contracts or engagements that clearly demonstrate the nature of your business or employment so it is clear that this is your primary or significant income source.
  • Describe why prohibited firearms are necessary to carry out this work; why other types of standard firearms are unsuitable.
  • Security arrangements in place or proposed for 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.

How to apply

Step 1: Download, print and complete all sections of the application form (choose appropriate form below; all forms are also available on the Forms and Guides section).

Step 2: Take the completed application form to a NZ Post Shop and pay the firearms licence application fee of $204 (including GST).

Step 3: Scan both the completed application form and the proof of payment (receipt showing the applicant’s full names)  and send it to prohibitedfirearmendorsement@police.govt.nz. Depending on how current your licence photograph is, a new photograph may be requested from you prior to the endorsement being granted.

What happens next?

Once the application and payment has been received, your application will be reviewed. We may contact you if additional information is required. Depending on the information provided, we may need to arrange a security check. Once all the information has been verified and a decision has been made, you will be notified of the results.

 

 

Collector or Heirloom / Memento

Eligibility criteria for a prohibited firearm endorsement

If you fall under the following categories, you may apply for a prohibited item endorsement. You must hold a current and valid New Zealand firearms licence.

  • A bona fide collector of firearms. Collections must have an identifiable theme. An ad hoc, unrelated group of firearms is not a ‘collection’.
  • A person to whom a prohibited item has special significance as an heirloom or memento.

Things to know and help you prepare for the application process

Before you start, below is a list of the type of information you will be asked to provide as part of your application for a prohibited firearm endorsement (for Heirloom/Memento purposes).

  • Information on the type of prohibited items in your collection.
  • Clubs and associations you belong to.
  • Reason you want to collect prohibited items.
  • List all prohibited firearms, prohibited items, prohibited parts and prohibited magazines you currently possess – Type, Make, Model, Calibre, Serial Number.
  • Describe the security arrangements in place for proposed storage of prohibited firearms. We need information about racks, cabinets or strong room, access and locks.
  • As a collector of prohibited items, you will be required to store a vital part of each firearm at another location approved by Police. This other address must meet the security requirements for a prohibited firearm and have the necessary access control. We will need to know where you plan to store vital parts and who will control access to vital parts at that location (contact person, Firearms Licence No, contact details). As the prohibited endorsement process is new, you can nominate an address of a dealership or collector who has applied for a prohibited firearm endorsement.

How to apply

Step 1: Download, print and complete all sections of the application form (choose appropriate form below; all forms are also available on the Forms and Guides section).

Step 2: Take the completed application form to a NZ Post Shop and pay the firearms licence application fee of $204 (including GST).

Step 3: Scan both the completed application form and the proof of payment (receipt showing the applicant’s full names)  and send it to prohibitedfirearmendorsement@police.govt.nz.

Depending on how current your licence photograph is, a new photograph may be requested from you prior to the endorsement being granted.

What happens next?

Once the application and payment has been received, your application will be reviewed. We may contact you if additional information is required. Depending on the information provided, we may need to arrange a security check. Once all the information has been verified and a decision has been made, you will be notified of the results.

Note: If you are not already a collector and want to apply to be one, you can find more information on Firearms licensing for collectors and dealers.

 

 

Museum or Theatrical

Eligibility criteria for a prohibited firearm endorsement

If you fall under the following categories, you may apply for a prohibited item endorsement. You must hold a current and valid New Zealand firearms licence.

  • A director or curator of a bona fide museum.
  • An approved employee or member of a broadcaster (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1989) or a bona fide theatre company, society, cinematic, television film production company, or video recording production company.

Things to know and help you prepare for the application process

Before you start, below is a list of the type of information you will be asked to provide as part of your application for a prohibited firearm endorsement (for Museum of Theatrical purposes).

  • Purpose of museum and how it engages with the community.
  • Details of your business providing prohibited firearms for plays, broadcasts, films or television.
  • Size and nature of the collection.
  • List all employees handling any type of firearm.
  • Details of your expected market and planned volumes.
  • Details of the play, broadcast, film or television programme (if applicable).
  • List all prohibited firearms, prohibited items, prohibited parts and prohibited magazines you currently possess – Type, Make, Model, Calibre, Serial Number.
  • Describe the security arrangements in place or proposed for storage of prohibited firearms and prohibited magazines. We need information about racks, cabinets or strong room, access, and locks.
  • As a collector of prohibited items, you will be required to store a vital part of each firearm at another location approved by Police. This other address must meet the security requirements for a prohibited firearm and have the necessary access control. We will need to know where you plan to store vital parts and who will control access to vital parts at that location (contact person, Firearms Licence No, contact details). As the prohibited endorsement process is new, you can nominate an address of a dealership or collector who has applied for a prohibited firearm endorsement.

How to apply

Step 1: Download, print and complete all sections of the application form (choose appropriate form below; all forms are also available on the Forms and Guides section).

Step 2: Take the completed application form to a NZ Post Shop and pay the firearms licence application fee of $204 (including GST).

Step 3: Scan both the completed application form and the proof of payment (receipt showing the applicant’s full names)  and send it to prohibitedfirearmendorsement@police.govt.nz. Depending on how current your licence photograph is, a new photograph may be requested from you prior to the endorsement being granted.

What happens next?

Once the application and payment has been received, your application will be reviewed. We may contact you if additional information is required. Depending on the information provided, we may need to arrange a security check. Once all the information has been verified and a decision has been made, you will be notified of the results.

 

 

Licensed Dealer / Employee / Agent of a Licensed Dealer

Eligibility criteria for a prohibited firearm endorsement

If you fall under the following category, you may apply for a prohibited item endorsement. You must hold a current and valid New Zealand firearms licence.

  • A licensed dealer, or an employee or agent of a licensed dealer.

Things to know and help you prepare for the application process

Before you start, below is a list of the type of information you will be asked to provide as part of your application for a prohibited firearm endorsement (as licensed dealer/employee or Agent of a licensed dealer).

  • Personal and business information.
  • Details of prohibited firearms and prohibited parts currently possessed for business purposes.
  • List all prohibited firearms, prohibited items, prohibited parts and prohibited magazines you currently possess – Type, Make, Model, Calibre, Serial Number.
  • Describe the security arrangements in place or proposed for storage of prohibited firearms. We need information about racks, cabinets or strong room, access, and locks.
  • Security arrangements in place for proposed storage of prohibited firearms and prohibited magazines
  • Employees/casual workers or contractors engaged and type of work they carry out. If they will be handling prohibited items, they will be required to submit a separate application form for an endorsement.
  • Documentary evidence from your employer confirming your employment status

How to apply

Step 1: Download, print and complete all sections of the application form (choose appropriate form below; all forms are also available on the Forms and Guides section).

Step 2: Take the completed application form to a NZ Post Shop and pay the firearms licence application fee of $204 (including GST).

Step 3: Scan both the completed application form and the proof of payment (receipt showing the applicant’s full names)  and send it to prohibitedfirearmendorsement@police.govt.nz. Depending on how current your licence photograph is, a new photograph may be requested from you prior to the endorsement being granted.

What happens next?

Once the application and payment has been received, your application will be reviewed. We may contact you if additional information is required. Depending on the information provided, we may need to arrange a security check. Once all the information has been verified and a decision has been made, you will be notified of the results.