Firearms Safety Course booking and preparation


Due to the recent firearms laws changes some firearms-related information is under review.

As a first time firearms licence applicant you must pass the Firearms Safety Course as a mandatory component of your firearms licence application process.

Applicants will receive a letter from Police confirming that you can register to attend a Firearms Safety Course, which includes sitting the theory test and a practical firearms handling session.

If you misplace or lose your applicant Confirmation Letter, which has the Applicant ID required to complete a booking, please contact Police by email to firearms.safety.programme@police.govt.nz to obtain a replacement letter with your applicant ID.

How to book on the Firearms Safety Course

From 1 March 2019, you will book for your theory test and practical training together as the firearms safety course. You can book online through www.firearmsafety.org.nz to attend a Firearms Safety Course in your area. The booking service is administered by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

When you book:

  • Enter the ID printed on your firearms confirmation letter * (issued by Police).
  • Please mention on the booking form if you have any special requirements (especially regarding attempting the theory test).
  • Create a password so that you can cancel or change your course date or location at a later date if you need to.

Alternatively, you can send an email to firearms@mountainsafety.org.nz to book on a course that’s convenient for you.

You will be sent reminders to attend the course before the scheduled course date.

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If you have lost your Confirmation Letter please contact Police by email at firearms.safety.programme@police.govt.nz to obtain a replacement letter with your applicant ID


Note: Please indicate when booking your safety course if you will need help to sit the theory test because English isn’t your first language, or you have reading or language difficulties, or you have any other special requirements.

Firearms Safety Course cancellations

If you cannot attend the Firearms Safety Course you’re booked on, please cancel your booking as soon as possible as places are limited.

If you created a password when you booked on the course you can cancel your booking online at www.firearmsafety.org.nz. Select the Log In option at the top right of the page and log in.

If you didn’t create a password or didn’t book online, send an email to firearms@mountainsafety.org.nz or phone the course co-ordinator on 0800 GUN SAFE (0800 486 7233).

What to take with you when you attend the Firearms Safety Course

  • Your letter from New Zealand Police confirming that you can undertake the Firearms Safety Course.
    Note: Email us at firearms.safety.programme@police.govt.nz, or contact your nearest Arms Office, if you’ve lost your confirmation letter and we’ll send you a replacement.
  • Proof of your identity such as your current New Zealand passport or New Zealand driver licence. Check the identification requirements if you don’t have either of these.

What NOT to take with you

Do not take any firearms with you. Deactivated firearms will be provided by your firearms instructor. There is no live firing of firearms in this course.

How to prepare for the firearms theory test

Everything you need to know to pass the firearms theory test is in the 2013 Arms Code. You can read it online, or print a copy. It is not difficult to pass the firearms theory test if you study the Arms Code thoroughly, don’t just read it once. We also encourage you to complete the Arms Code quiz to check your understanding of the Arms Code.

Language available

The firearms theory test is available in English.

Reading or language difficulties

If you’re having difficulty preparing for your firearms theory test because of a reading or language difficulty, there are several organisations that may be able to help:

Please let the Arms Officer in the police district nearest to you know if you need help to complete the Firearms Safety Course, including the firearms theory test, for any reason. They can discuss the options available with you.


Note: You can ask for extra time to complete the firearms theory test, or for the theory test to be read to you by your course instructor.