Arms Licence

Last Updated on: April 28, 2023

An arms license is a license or permit issued by a government authority (typically by the police) of a jurisdiction, that allows the licensee to buy, own, possess, or carry a firearm, often subject to a number of conditions or restrictions. 

Arms Rules, 2016  mandatorily requires UIN (Unique Identification Number) to be noted on the Arms Licence issued by the Licencing authority. Any Arms Licence without the UIN is not a valid licence.  It must be understood that UIN is to be issued to a licensee and not to a licence. All types of  licensees including individuals, institutions, Arms Dealers, Arms Manufacturers, Sports associations etc are required to have the UIN. All Licensees are required to contact their Licencing Authority for getting UIN to retain validity of the Arms Licence.

Renewal of Arms License is required in case of expiry of validity, or where the license goes missing. The validity is extended for a period of three years.

Process Flow

The Licensing Authority, after police verification, as it may consider necessary, and after considering the report received as mentioned above, shall subject to the provisions of the Act, by order in writing either grant the license or refuse to grant the same.

During renewal, re-verification of antecedents may be done by the Licencing authorities through Police authorities. In all cases where the licence has been issued by another licensing authority, verification of the issue of licence from that issuing authority  may also be stipulated along with police verification.

Eligibility Criteria

Any Citizen of India above 21 years of age



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Documents Required

The following documents and information are mandatory : 

  1. Personal particulars
  2. Address proof
  3. Age proof
  4. Police verification report
  5. Recent Passport size photograph and signature of the applicant
  6. No Objection Certificate (NOC) in case of employees in service 
  7. Medical Fitness certificate about mental health and physical fitness


How to apply

Arms Licence can be applied for by downloading the given application form in Schedule I. The duly filled up application form has to be submitted along with supporting documents to the Arms Licensing office of the magistracy branch of District Commissioner’s office  Chirang and  by paying the requisite fees as levied by Government of India as per Arms Act Amendment from time to time.

For renewal of an Arms Licence , one must submit an application form which can be downloaded from Schedule II given below along with supporting documents mentioned , as applicable. 

Important Timeline

The Arms License is renewed for a period of 3 years. 

Whom to Contact

 Magistracy branch of the District Commissioner’s office Chirang