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VICTORIA POLICE – REGULATORY SERVICES DEPARTMENT – Updates – New ‘Online’ Permit to Acquire a Longarm (PTAL) Application and Firearms Licence Photo Point Locations Information

VICTORIA POLICE – REGULATORY SERVICES DEPARTMENT – Updates – New ‘Online’ Permit to Acquire a Longarm (PTAL) Application and Firearms Licence Photo Point Locations Information

The Permit to Acquire a Longarm Application eForm is now live on the Victoria Police website. You can find it on the Firearm Forms and Reference Information page here https://www.police.vic.gov.au/firearms-forms-and-reference-information

Applicants wishing to obtain a Permit to Acquire (PTA) a Longarm may now either –

a. Complete and submit PTA Longarm application eForm online.
b. Apply through an authorised online firearms dealer, per the existing process.

There will be a three-month transition period, in which PDF/hand-fill form will also remain available on our website. After that point, upon request a PDF/hand-fill application form may still be mailed out to prospective applicants in exceptional circumstances.

Other than the way in which a PTA Longarm application is lodged, the rest of the process remains unchanged. As per current practice, there will be no upfront permit fees. The payment notice will continue to be issued with the PTA.
Please note that the Permit to Acquire a Handgun Application remains a PDF form and has not yet been converted to an eForm.

Photo Point Locations

Decisions regarding the ability for photo points to continue operating are made by the relevant location (post office, municipal shire or VicRoads outlets). These decisions are very much out of the Licensing and Regulation Divisions (LRD)’s control.

Please be advised that unless a photo is taken at an authorised location, LRD will be unable to produce and send a plastic licence.

No adverse action will be taken against your licence, should you be unable to have a photo taken. Rather, we recommend you keep your payment notice safe and attend at a photo point as soon as it practicable for you to do so.

For those who have been issued a new licence, your payment notice does not act as an interim licence. As soon as payment is received, the LRD’s systems will identify that you are licensed. As an indication, once you have made payment, it should take one business day for this to be reflected in our systems.

Licence holders who are renewing an existing licence should make payment, retain their payment notice and expired plastic licence.

Kind regards

Licensing and Regulation Division
Regulatory Services Department
Victoria Police