Firearm Motivations

Firearm License Process

The Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000), aims at ensuring that a person is competent to possess a firearm.

Before any person may possess a firearm, one must obtain a firearm licence from the South African Police Service (SAPS). No generic type licences exist, a firearm licence is firearm and serial number specific.

Competency Process

Prospective firearm owners must successfully undergo the prescribed test – Demonstrate Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 – Units Standard 117705 as well as practical tests (Use of a Handgun – Unit Standard 119649, Use of a Rifle – Unit Standard 119651, Use of a Self-loading rifle or carbine – Unit Standard 119650, Use of a Shotgun – Unit Standard 119652 ) at an accredited training institution and obtain a training proficiency certificate.

Once in possession of the training certificate from an accredited training provider or SASSETA(Safety and Security Training Authority), the applicant may apply to the South African Police Service for a competency certificate.

Step 1 – Complete the SAPS 517 – Application for Competency (black pen only)

Step 2 – Complete three SAPS Annexure 86 forms – Questionnaire for References (references can be family, friends, colleagues, spouse, wife etc.) black pen only

The following supporting documentation must be submitted together with the SAPS 86 and SAPS 517 to the Designated Firearms Officer situated in the area where you ordinarily reside:

  • Three (3) certified copies of the applicant’s official identity document (no passport)
  • Two certified copies of all the training certificates as well as the Statement of results
  • Two unobscured passport size colour photographs (with a neutral background) not older than 3 months

Licensing process

After you have obtained a Competency Certificate, you must complete the relevant sections of the SAPS 271 form (Application for a licence to possess a firearm). Submit the completed SAPS 271 form to the Designated Firearms Officer (DFO) situated in the area where you ordinarily reside. Most DFO’s will allow the applicant to apply for his/her competency and license simultaneously.

The following supporting documentation must be submitted together with the SAPS to the Designated Firearms Officer situated in the area where you ordinarily reside:

  • Two (2) certified copies of the applicant’s official identity document (no passport).
  • A certified copy of all credit card type licenses front and back (if white credit card type) front only if green card type (only if you are the registered license holder). If a private sale and not from a dealer or gunsmith or registered trader, then the private sellers certified copy of id and license front and back (if white credit card type) front only if green card type is required. No private seller details is required when a firearm is purchased from a dealer, guns hop, gunsmith or registered trader or importer.
  • Ensure the dealer stock return is attached when a firearm is purchased from a dealer.
  • A certified copy of proof of residence (water & lights bill). If the proof of residence is not in the applicants name then a certified copy of the account holder as well as written confirmation that the applicant is indeed residing at the same property is required.
  • A certified rental agreement will be sufficient.
  • Pictures of your safe confirming that it is indeed installed
  • Two certified copies of all the training certificates as well as the Statement of results
  • Detailed motivation – reference letters, membership, dedicated status, shooting activities, endorsements where applicable, calendars of actual events, confirmation of future and past hunts etc.

In case of an estate

  • Certified copy of the Letter of Executor-ship.
  • Certified copy of Id document of Executor and Executors letter.
  • Transfer letter from Executor stating that the applicant is the heir of the firearm.
  • Alternatively, if not the heir, that the heir is not interested in the firearm.
  • Certified copy of the deceased’s death certificate and Id.
  • Copy of deceased’s license, front and back, if available – alternatively an affidavit from the executor confirming the missing documents