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How to Get a Firearm Licence in Kenya

How to Get a Firearm Licence in Kenya


The process of getting a firearms license in Kenya can be both confusing and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be this way. As you’ll see, getting licensed is relatively easy once you understand the process and what you need to do. Let’s get started.

If you are mentally stable, have the correct identification documents, and meet the other conditions required to get your license, then it should not be too difficult to acquire one. This guide will show you how to get a firearms license in Kenya from start to finish.

How to get a firearm licence in Kenya

If you do not follow the right steps to get your gun permit, you could face fines or jail time for having illegal gun possession.

Read more about the Firearms Act of 2012.

Here are some of the most important things you need to do in Kenya to get a gun license the right way.

Required Documents for the License Vetting Process

  1. Copy of your Identifications card or passport of Kenya.
  1. Certificate of good conduct from the DCI.
  1. Psychiatric report from the government hospital.
  1. KRA tax compliance certificate
  1. Copy of your bank statement within the last six months.
  1. Four passport photos


  • You must be 21 years of age or older to apply for a firearm in Kenya.
  • First-time applicants are required to submit their applications in person.
  • The very first step is to go to the local police station in your neighbourhood/area and make an official request to the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) to own a firearm.
  • The application fee to get a firearm in Kenya is Ksh 5000. Make sure to have that amount with you before the application process begins.

How to make the application

1. Go to the nearest police station in your area and make the request to the OCS of the station. They will give you a form to fill out to begin your application process.

Carefully read through and fill out the form as appropriately as possible.

Then attach the following documents:

  • Copy of your Identifications 
  • Psychiatric report
  • KRA certificate
  • Bank Statement
  • Copies of your ID

 2. You can also visit the Kenya Firearm License Board at the Police Pavillion in South C, or contact them for clarification through this number 0774 022299 or email at

You can also visit their website to make appointments and other inquiries (

When is the Firearm license revoked in Kenya?

  • when using the firearm while intoxicated.
  • When a person fails to renew their gun’s license.
  • When the gun holder poses a danger to the public’s safety.
  • Careless mishandling and storage of the firearm.
  • When a person removes their gun’s official serial number,

How much does it cost one to own a Gun in Kenya?

The following figure is an estimate of how much it will cost one to own a gun in Kenya legally.

Owning a gun legally is a bit expensive. It will cost one between 100K and 400K (Kenyan shillings). according to the size and power.

To learn more about gun and ammunition prices in Kenya, check out (

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