Firearm License Renewal Dates


A license for a firearm issued for self defence is valid for 5 years and the competency certificate is also valid for 5 years.

You need to apply for renewal at least 90 days before expiry.

You don’t need to do any training for the renewal.

Where a license is issued for 10 years the relevant competency certificate would also be valid for 10 years.


The renewal of privately owned firearms has been going on since 2005 with the due dates for licence renewal in accordance with the birthday of the current owners.

Business owners who possess firearms were obliged to renew their licences from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006. These businesses include security firms, firearm training institutions, game ranches, professional hunters, any other type of business which possesses firearms such as liquor stores, as well as businesses using firearms in theatre, film and television productions. All these businesses, security firms excluded, had to apply for accreditation at the South African Police Services (SAPS) before they could apply for renewal of licenses. Security firms had to apply for renewal of their firearm licences. All security officers employed by these companies had to obtain competency certificates from the SAPS before they can be issued with firearms.    

Previous dates for the renewal of privately owned guns were as follows:

  • 1 January to 31 March – 1 January 2005 to 31 March 2006
  • 1 April to 30 June – 1 January 2006 to 31 March 2007
  • 1 July to 30 September – 1 January 2007 to 31 March 2008

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