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RENEWAL OF LICENCES: PROCESS EXPLAINED

NHSA Newsletter

VOL. 17 (11) - 05-03-2021

 RENEWAL OF LICENCES: PROCESS EXPLAINED

The process of renewal of licences is a continuous process from 2015, as Section 15 and Section 16 licences renewed in the transition period are only valid for 10 years.  Many self-protection licences, valid for 5 years, have already expired.

Remember that you have to submit your licence renewal application(s) at least 90 days before the expiry date of your white card licences.  DO NOT get caught out with licences which have expired, please ! 

Please do not get yourself into a position where you effectively disarm yourself because you are forced to hand in your firearm for destruction due to a lapsed licence.

In terms of Section 24(4) your existing licence remains valid until SAPS renews your licence – no matter how long that might take if you apply before 90 days before the expiry date.

One has to apply under the section the original licence was issued .  The renewed licence(s) will also be valid for the period the original licence was valid for, i.e. 5 years or 10 years.

Please ascertain that you make a copy of the receipt for the payment(s) you will have to make for renewal(s) and that you at all times carry an authenticated copy of the receipt with your expired licence as proof that you have applied for renewal on time.  Otherwise it can be taken that you are illegally in possession of a firearm as the licence has expired (that is especially true for instances where you might be stopped in a roadblock of some sorts and you are asked if you have firearms in your possession)

The following documents will have to accompany your renewal application(s):

  • Correctly completed SAPS 518(a) form - download here -  Application for Renewal of Firearm Licence (SAPS 518(a))
  • A Correctly completed Annexure A for each firearm licence you want to renew - download here - Annexure A (English) to Application for Renewal of Firearm licence
  • A Correctly completed Correct Safe form - download here - Declaration of Correct Safe
  • Copy of your ID;
  • Copy of proof of residence;
  • Copies of all relevant training certificates (those of the Proficiency Trainer and your POSLEC, or SASSETA, or PFTC Statement of Results certificate);
  • Copy of your competency certificate(s) (Make sure you read our Newsletter Vol. 17(07) the renewal of Competencies  before you renew your firearm licences);
  • Copy of existing licence(s);
  • Proof of paid-up membership of NHSA (download from your Personal NHSA Profile Page [see My NHSA Documents] (and of other accredited associations);
  • Copy of NHSA dedicated status certificate(s);
  • Proof of membership of all the clubs you are a member of;
  • Motivation explaining the purpose and use of a firearm, which includes a large section containing proof of use of a firearm for purposes it was originally motivated for (don’t fold here – attach copies of receipts for hunting trips, of permissions to hunt and transport venison, letters from game ranchers saying that you hunted with them, photo’s of hunting trips with dates, shooting range registers, scorecards, photo’s of you on the shooting range, etc.) (download your NHSA Activities & Scores Report, as well as your activities, register from your personal NHSA Profile Page);
  • NHSA endorsement of your application and motivation.
  • Two passport photo's in colour per firearm
  • R70 per firearm licence renewal

REMEMBER TO RENEW COMPETENCIES AT THE SAME TIME

Download:   SAPS (517g) - Application for Renewal of Competency

Download:  Annexure A (Affidavit) to Accompany Application for Competency or for Renewal of Competency

(3 people to each fill out the Annexure)


PLEASE DO NOT FIND YOURSELF AT FAULT WITH THIS BY LAW REQUIRED PROCESS

GO AND LOOK WHAT THE EXPIRY DATES OF ALL YOUR LICENCES ARE RIGHT NOW !!

 

Kind regards

Natshoot Office