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Firearms Licence Photo - Size & Requirements

Firearm Licence Photo
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
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Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 4.9 mm
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More about Firearms Licence Photo - Requirements

In the United Kingdom ownership of a gun is heavily regulated and only police can approve if an individual can seek to own a gun. However, it has to show plenty of legitimate reasons and even then, not all guns can be licensed.

If you want to know what are the firearm license requirements regarding photo, documents, and who and how can apply, read on!

Firearms Licence photo guidelines

As a gun owner, you have to prove your identity and that you have the skills and rights to have one. This is why it is important to meet all the requirements. Not everyone can get a firearm license. There are a lot of rules and requirements to obtain one. In general, guns in Great Britain aren’t permitted. 

Firearm license photo size

To obtain a gun license one of the requirements is a passport size photograph which means 35 mm x 45 mm.

How to take a Gun License photo at home?

Along with the Firearm License application, you might try to get a photo in passport size at home which will perfectly suit your gun license! 

Regarding the official government requires, while posing to the document photo, you must:

  • be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
  • have your eyes open and visible
  • have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • not have hair covering your eyes 
  • not have anything covering your face
  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you
  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

And the digital photo must:

  • be taken against a plain light-coloured background
  • contain no other objects or people
  • be in contrast to the background
  • not have a ‘red eye’ effect

When you have already met the specification, it is time to start taking photos. The Passport Photo Online site can help you with it. Try our photo booth available on iOS or Android, take a photo, upload it, choose the right document and the rest leave to us!

Last update: 06/06/2023

About the document

A firearm license or a gun license is a permit issued by a government authority (typically by the police) of jurisdiction, that allows the licensee to buy, own, possess or carry a firearm.

Firearms licenses are not required in all jurisdictions. Additionally, some countries or states may require by law a permit to purchase to buy handguns or firearms. A licence may also be required to buy ammunition.

Who can apply for a Firearm license?

Only those with a firearms licence issued by the police can legally possess a firearm. Once granted, firearm and shotgun certificates are valid up to five years after which time the certificate holder must reapply to renew their licence. 

The police will only issue a licence to those who fit to be trusted with a firearm and have good reason to own one. The police must consider public safety when issuing firearms licences. They will not issue a licence when they think that doing so poses a risk to public safety.

Regarding age restrictions, children under 18 cannot apply for a firearms licence. However, some exemptions allow children above the age of 15 to possess certain firearms in certain circumstances. 

Firearm license application requirements

To get a firearm certificate you need to apply to the police authority local to you. However, to apply for a firearm license, you have to download and complete a firearms Form 201 application form. 

What you have to include on the application form:

  • State what rifle(s) you would like to use (the exact calibre and type) 
  • Provide the details of the ground where you have permission to shoot the rifle(s) listed
  • Add a passport size photograph
  • Provide details of two people who have agreed to act as a referee for you - they must be British residents which have known you for at least two years. It can’t be a family member and neither can a registered firearms dealer or a person employed by the police or Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
  • You will be asked to permit for the police to approach your GP (if you aren’t registered with a GP in the UK, you can’t complete the form)
  • As well as providing details of the land you are permitted to shoot over, you will have to give details of any target shooting club you are a member of.

Your application is valid in law provided you have completed the form correctly and included the photographs and payment. If you don’t declare a relevant condition, what can happen is a refusal or revocation of your certificate but in the worst case, you could be prosecuted and get a criminal record. 

Firearm license costs

A firearms certificate is valid for five years. It costs £88 for the grant and £62 for a renewal. A shotgun certificate is set at £79.50.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

What's the difference between a gun license and permit?

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Licenses or permits to purchase are designed to restrict those who can legally buy specific categories of firearms. Licenses are of varying duration and often do not limit the number of weapons a person can buy. In some states, permits are issued to the applicant for each specific weapon acquired.

How old you have to be to get a gun lincese in UK?

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You have to be 14 years old before you can be granted a firearm certificate and need to have a legitimate reason to prove to the police that you need obtain one.

What photo size you need for a firearms license?

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The photo should be a Birtish passport size so 35mm x 45mm with a straight head looking at the camera lens.
You have to download and fill the firearms Form 201 to which you have to add, e.g. one passport size photograph, two referees details, state of the rifle you want, etc.

A person who wants to get a firearm in the UK, must licence it. The police are issuing the licenses which can be registered on a 5-year firearm certificate (FAC) or a shotgun certificate (SGC). Certificates can list multiple firearms.