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 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
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
If an application is refused, an appeal against the refusal may be
directed to the chairperson of the Appeal Board, Private Bag X353,
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.