Firearms licence checker

How it works, and what to do if you're having problems.

From 1 August, a valid firearms licence will also be required to sell firearm parts.


Find out how it works, and what to do if you're having trouble.


When we need your licence

There are a few requirements when buying firearms and ammunition

  • You must hold a valid firearms licence, and provide it when requested.
  • We need to check your licence against the Firearms Safety Authority database, to make sure it's valid.
  • The seller must sight the buyer's licence before a sale is completed.


We need your firearms licence details when you

  • Create or edit a listing.
  • Ask a question on a listing.
  • Place a bid.
  • Buy Now.
  • Accept a fixed-price offer.


Applicable categories


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How it works

If a firearms licence is required, you'll be asked to enter your

  • Licence number.
  • First name.
  • Last name.


Enter the details exactly as they appear on your licence. We'll check this against your Trade Me membership details, and the Firearms Safety Authority database to verify the licence is valid.

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Update your details

Your firearms licence will be required to create or edit listings in restricted categories. You don't need to save your licence details as a buyer.

To add or update your licence details

  1. Go to My Trade Me > Settings > Selling options.
  2. Under 'Firearms licence', select Add firearms licence or Update firearms licence.
  3. Enter your details and select Save.

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Check these if you're getting an error message.

Licence number

  • Up to eight characters. The first character is always a letter (e.g. A1234567). 
  • Double-check that it's entered correctly, with no spaces.



  • The name on your Trade Me membership must match your licence exactly as it appears.
  • Your membership should have your first and last name only – as we don't record your middle name on your membership.
  • Need to update your contact details? Find out how.


Still having trouble?

Check your licence on the NZ Police website link-external-16.svg to make sure the details are valid.

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Expired licence? Get this sorted on the Firearms Safety Authority site link-external-16.svg


Why we need this info

The short answer – the law. Buyers, owners and sellers of firearms have obligations under the Arms Act 1983 link-external-16.svg.

We also want to make sure we're doing our bit to make sure firearms are being traded responsibly and legally.

What happens with your details

  • Our system sends the details you've entered to the Firearms Safety Authority's systems – to check them against the details they hold.
  • Their system sends back a message telling us whether the details are valid or not.
  • We'll hold this information and your licence details in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


Your rights

You're entitled to:

  • Access personal information we hold about you.
  • Seek correction of any personal information we hold that is out of date or incorrect.


Learn more


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