|The following steps must be followed:
On receipt of the training certificate, the applicant must simultaneously complete the relevant sections of the SAPS 517 (Application for a competency certificate) and SAPS 517(e) (application for the renewal of a licence in terms of the previous Act) forms. Please note that the SAPS 517(e) has an Annexure “A” that must be completed for each firearm that is to be renewed. The applications and the supporting documents must be taken to the DFO at the Police Station nearest to your place of residence. The applicant should provide a concise and adequate motivation and also indicate the category and the main purpose or use of the firearm.
The firearm owner must take the following original documents when applying for the renewal of his /her firearm licence:
- The applicant’s original official identity document.
- The original firearm licence(s), permit(s) or authorization(s) for the firearm(s) that must be renewed.
- The original training certificate obtained from an accredited training provider / SASSETA.
- Four clear and legible passport size photographs, not older than three (3) months.
- A fee of R70 for the competency certificate and R70 for each firearm licence that must be renewed. The payment must either be made in cash or a bank guaranteed cheque. The firearm owner will receive an expenditure receipt (Z263) as proof of payment.
After submitting the respective applications for the renewal of your firearm licence(s) and competency certificates, the Designated Firearms Officer will issue a signed acknowledgement of receipt (SAPS 523) as proof of receipt of the respective applications.
The Designated Firearms Officer will:
- Obtain a full set of fingerprints on a SAPS 91(a) form.
- Conduct a background evaluation of the firearm owner.
- Conduct physical inspection of the firearm safe of the owner to ensure that it complies with the Firearms Control Regulations, 2004.
If the existing safe complies with the requirements of the Arms and Ammunition Regulations, 1994, the Designated Firearms Officer will issue a safe certificate to this effect certifying that the safe is considered acceptable.
The Designated Firearms Officer will contact the firearm owner to collect the competency certificate (if already issued) and the firearm licence after it has been approved.
If the application for a competency certificate and/or the renewal of firearm is refused, a letter with reasons will be posted to the applicant’s postal address as provided on the respective application forms.
If an application is refused, an appeal against the refusal may be directed to the chairperson of the Appeal Board, Private Bag X353, Pretoria, 0001.
The existing firearm licence, permit or authorization will remain valid until the renewed firearm licence has been issued. The limitation on the number of rounds of ammunition that may be possessed by the existing firearm owner is only applicable after the renewed firearm licence has been issued.