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Renewing the European Firearms Pass

The European Firearms Pass allows holders of firearms possession cards to temporarily take weapons and ammunition with them when visiting another EU member state or Schengen state. It only allows you to transport your weapons across borders for a short-term, cross-border purpose for a purpose that is covered by your needs under weapons law (e.g. hunting trip, participation in shooting sports events).

The European Firearms Pass is valid for 5 years and you can renew it twice for 5 years each.

You may take the appropriate ammunition with you for the registered weapons, but only as much as you expect to need. Experience has shown that as a hunter you need less ammunition than as a sport shooter.

Not every weapon entered in the European Firearms Pass may automatically be taken abroad. The respective weapons regulations of the host state and all states that are passed through must be observed. Appropriate permits from countries to be visited must be obtained in advance. Therefore, please inform yourself comprehensively about the weapons regulations applicable in the states before your trip. When you travel, you must carry an identity document in addition to the European Firearms Pass and the firearms possession card in which the weapons are entered. It is also advisable to carry an invitation from the hunting club or the hunting license for the state or a confirmation of registration for a shooting competition.

The European Firearms Pass is not an import document and does not entitle you to permanently transfer firearms or ammunition abroad. You will need other permits for this.

Process flow

You must renew the European Firearms Pass at the competent firearms authority. Submit the application along with the required documents.

The Weapons Authority will renew the European Firearms Pass if you meet the necessary requirements.

Who should I contact?

Weapons Authority


You must have a valid permit for the acquisition and possession of the weapons (e.g. Weapon Possession Card – WBK) that are entered in the European Firearms Pass.

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport (copy)
  • European Firearms Pass

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


What else should I know?

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

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

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


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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)