Question: What format of firearm licence is valid?
Answer: Firearm licences come in
two valid formats (1) in your Identity Book and (2) as a laminated card.
Question: Must I change my firearm
licence in my ID book to the card format?
Answer: No, the licence in your ID book is valid. Because the
licence system is due to change soon the SAPS will not issue licences in
the card format unless your ID book is stolen.
Question: What if my ID book with my
firearm licence in it is stolen?
Answer: You will need to apply at your nearest police station for a
replacement licence. This will be in the card format and you will have to
pay a fee. See Schedule
of fees on the Notices page.
Question: As a firearm owner, who do I notify of a change in
Answer: Firearm owners who change their postal or physical address
must inform the Central Firearms Register within 30 days of his/her new
details. Once the CFR receive your notice they must, in writing, confirm
Question: What form do I use and
where do I get it from?
Answer: The form is SAPS 521(b) "Notification of Change of
Address" and it is available online from the SAPS website at www.saps.gov.za
or from your local police station.
Once you have completed the form you need to submit it to the Designated
Firearms Officer (DFO) at your nearest police station. You will also have
to submit a copy of your identity document and a copy of an account such
as lights, water, etc, posted to your new address (to prove you do live
there). The DFO should do a safe inspection at the new address but this
does not always happen.