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Report the acquisition of a weapon requiring a permit

If you have a firearm possession card and purchase a firearm that requires a licence, you must notify the competent authority within two weeks.

You can acquire the weapon by making it available or by purchasing it from an arms dealer.

If you are a sport shooter and have a yellow gun ownership card, you must state the recognized shooting sports regulations as well as the discipline permitted for the respective weapon.

On the basis of the report, the weapon will be entered in your gun ownership card and the previous entry will be deleted. If you have a European firearms pass, you can also register the weapon you have purchased there.

If you purchase a weapon on the basis of a previous entry, you can also apply for an ammunition acquisition certificate with the notification. To do this, you need to indicate for which of the weapons you want to purchase the ammunition that you indicated in the ad.

If you do not report the purchase or do not report it within two weeks, you are committing an administrative offence.

To be able to fill out the ad faster, you can use the NWR identification numbers (NWR ID):

  • Your Personal NWR ID (P or F NWR ID) for your personal information
  • the permitNWR-ID for the firearms permit (E-NWR-ID)
  • the weapons or weapon part NWR ID (W or T-NWR ID).

You can obtain the NWR IDs upon application to the responsible weapons authority.

Process flow

You can report the acquisition of a weapon requiring a permit in writing or online.

If you wish to notify the purchase in writing:

  • You fill out the form that you can obtain from the relevant firearms authority.
  • You send the signed form and your weapon possession card (WBK) or your hunting licence and, if applicable, your European firearms pass to the competent firearms authority.
  • You can also visit the relevant firearms authority in person.

If you want to view the purchase online:

  • You submit the complaint via the online service of the responsible firearms authority.

You can either send your firearms possession card or hunting licence and, if applicable, your European firearms passport by post to the responsible firearms authority or bring it in person.


Entitlement to purchase (pre-entry) in weapon possession card (WBK) or hunting license

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport (copy)
  • Weapon Possession Card (WBK) or Hunting License with Acquisition Authorization (Preliminary Entry)
  • European firearms pass (if registration desired)

What are the fees?

Fee: 25,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No


Action for an obligation before the Administrative Court

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sports

Professionally released on



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Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Meppen
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 153
Fax: 05931 153-5253
Opening Hours:
Mon to Wed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registry Office Meppen Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (afternoons by appointment only) Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Department of Labour and Social Affairs Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)