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West Bengal - Apply for New Firearm (Gun) License

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Apply in person for fresh license

  1. Make sure you have the respective application form for applying.
  2. Form A1, Form S2 and Form S3 for individual
  3. Form A2 for Companies or Bank
  4. Make sure that applicant is eligible for applying
  5. Please make sure that the documents are in hand before applying.
  6. Submit the application form and other required documents to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, at the following address.
    DCP, RF (Arms Act Department)
    1stFloor, East Block ( Northern Wing),
    18Lalbazar Street,
    Kolkat 700 001, West Bengal.
  7. Local Police Station will contact the applicant for inquiry
  8. Competent authorities make through assessments regarding
    1. threat based requirements of the arms by the applicant
    2. capabilities of use
    3. safe handling of the arms by the applicant,
    4. physical fitness of the applicant for capabilities of handling the arms,
    5. Background,
    6. antecedent, etc..
  9. and decision is taken accordingly to submits its reports through the Divisional DCP.
  10. If the application is considered and granted by the competent authority, the applicant shall fill in NDAL (Notational Database on Arms License)Data Input Form : NDAL Link
  11. Submit it to the Arms Act Department for uploading in the National Database and generate Unique ID.

Apply for Renewal

  1. Make sure you have the application form for applying -Form A3
  2. Please make sure that the documents are in hand before applying
  3. Application for renewal of Arms License in the specified format should be submitted one month before the date of expiry of arms license
  4. The licensee should produce his/her weapon and license for inspection at the time of renewal and pay the renewal fees.
  5. If the License is a senior citizen, the competent authority may verify physical fitness and mental alertness.
  6. If required, address and current antecedent may be verified through local PS.
  7. Renewal will be done immediately and the necessary thing about renewal will be made in the license.
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Required Documents[edit]

In case of Individual applying:

  • Application form : Link for A1
  • Form s3 - medical certificate: Form S3 Link
  • Form S2 for safe storage of arm: Form S2 Link
  • Recent passport size photo
  • Weapon Deposit certificate in case of expiry of renewal date.
  • Two Self attested Proof of present residential address.
  • Ration card
  • Aadhaar card (affidavit if aadhaar is not available)
  • Income tax returns and Pan card
In case of Companies and Bank applying
  • Form A2: Link for Form A2
  • Registration certificate of the firm
  • Company PAN card
  • GST details and IT returns
  • ID proof of authorized signatory

For Renewal

  • In case of Individual
  • Form A3: Form A3 Link
  • Proof of address
  • Original License
  • Senior citizen should produce fitness and metal alertness certificate
In case of Companies and Bank applying
  • Form A4: Form A4 Link
  • Proof of address
  • Original License
  • IT returns

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Kolkata Police HQ,Ground Floor, Main Building,
18Lalbazar Street, Kolkat 700 001, West Bengal.
E Mail ID: [email protected]
Fax No: 033 2250 5070

DCP, RF (Arms Act Department)

1stFloor, East Block ( Northern Wing),
18Lalbazar Street,
Kolkat 700 001, West Bengal.

Address of the Arms License Department, Kolkata Police

Ground Floor, Main Building,
1 Lalbazar Street,
Kolkat 700 001
West Bengal.

Link for contacts: Contacts Link

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  • The license authority shall refuse to grant a license:
    • Where such license is required in respect of any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition
    • Where such is required by a person whom the licensing authority has reason to believe:
      • To be prohibited by the Indian Arms Rules or by any other law for the time being in force from acquiring, having in his possession or carrying any arms or ammunition.
      • To be of unsound mind.
      • To be for any reason unfit for a license.
  • Applicant should have valid Firearm License to renew


  • Fee information can be obtained directly from the department office while applying.
  • Fees may vary in variation of the arms


  • A license is valid for 3 years from the date on which it is granted (unless revoked earlier) and need to be renewed before one month of expiry
  • License may be granted for a shorter period also, if the person by whom the license is required desires or if the licensing authority decides
  • License is renewable from time to time - Even the authority can ask for renewal in between the renewal period for recording purpose

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • Fresh license can be issued at a maximum of one month
  • Renewal can be obtained in 5 days

Related Videos[edit]

West Bengal - Apply Or Renew Arms (Gun) License

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  • Applicants may approach the Office of the Deputy Commissioner who is in charge of issuing Firearms License.
  • On receiving the application, the licensing department checks if the applicant has a past criminal record and verifies address.
  • Neighbours are questioned whether the applicant gets involved in brawls and arguments in the neighbourhood frequently.
  • The applicant is then called for an interview with DCP to determine if he is mentally, physically sound.
  • Applicant should also have a 'valid' reason for wanting to own a gun. Self-defence is counted as one of the reasons
  • The licensing department also sends the applicant's details to the crime record office of the crime branch as well as the national crime record bureau.
  • The applicant is then called for an interview with the DCP licensing.
  • If the applicant clears all the above steps, he is granted arms licence book.
  • Then, the applicant has to purchase the weapon within six months of the issued date of the arms license book.
  • After purchasing the weapon, applicant has to come to the Arms Licensing Branch and submit the purchased weapon, an application for the entry of the weapon, receipt from the Gun house, and the arms license book.
  • After inspection, the District Magistrate signs the Arms License book, and the book is issued to the applicant.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of Applicant
  • Present and permanent address
  • Date of birth, age
  • Occupation and designation
  • Whether the applicant has been:
    • Convicted if so, (the offenses),the sentence and date of sentence.
    • Ordered to execute a bond under chapter VIII of Cr. P. C. for keeping the peace or for good behavior if so when and for what period.
    • Prohibited under the Arms Act, 1959 or any other law from having the arms/ ammunition.
  • Whether the applicant applied for a licence before if so when to whom & with what result.
  • Whether the applicants licence was over suspended or cancelled/ revoked if so, when and by whom and on what account.
  • Whether any other member of the applicants family is in possession of an arms licenses if so particulars thereof.
  • Whether the applicant :
    • Is a licensee or esteem if so, description of arms hold.
    • Has a safe place for keep the arm.
  • Particulars of Licence

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Need for the Document[edit]

  • Indian national can claim a license for self defense, general security, sports-Shooting etc.,
  • Any person who wishes to carry firearms must first secure a license and has to renew before the period of license lapse
  • Every application for the grant of a license shall be submitted in Form A
  • Arm license (also known as a gun license) is a license or permit issued by government to an eligible individual
  • It need to be renewed before the validity lapses

Information which might help[edit]

  • Any foreign National is allowed to own and bear arms for a maximum period of 6 months during their stay in India, given valid reasons.
  • Any Indian who is returning to India and has owned a gun in his foreign residence for over 2 years, can apply for an Indian license and bring back the gun they owned abroad.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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