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Permit for the transfer of firearms and ammunition

Permission to transfer firearms or ammunition across borders into the scope of the Weapons Act, into other Member States of the European Union or into Switzerland is granted by the competent authority.

The competent authority may only issue the corresponding movement permit if the competent authority of the recipient State has given its prior consent, i.e. an import permit has been issued by the latter.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city, the large independent city and the independent municipality.

This procedure can also be handled through a "point of single contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

Find your Point of Single Contact here


  • The recipient is entitled to acquire or possess these weapons or ammunition.
  • Safe transport by a person authorised to acquire or possess these weapons or ammunition is guaranteed.
  • If firearms or ammunition are to be brought to Germany from another Member State of the European Union, the permit is granted as consent to the permission of the other Member State for the transfer in question.
  • If the place of destination is another Member State of the European Union, its consent is also required.

Which documents are required?

  • Arms trade permit or weapons manufacturing permit
  • Proof of safe transport (cf. No. 31.2 i.V.m. 29.3 General Administrative Regulation on the Weapons Act (WaffVwV))
  • The applicant must provide the following information:
    • name and address of the company name,
    • telephone or fax number,
    • first and last names,
    • Place and date of birth of the holder of the permit according to § 21 Abs. 1 Waffengesetz (WaffG)
    • Recipient Member State
    • Type of weapons and ammunition

When the firearms or ammunition are transported within the European Union to an arms dealer in another Member State by or on behalf of a holder of the licence pursuant to Paragraph 31(2) of the WaffG, a declaration referring to this licence may be carried instead of the licence referred to in paragraph 1. The declaration must be made on the official form provided for this purpose and must contain the following information:

  • the name of the Member State of consignor and the Member State of destination, the countries of transit, the mode of transport and the carrier
  • on the consignor, the person obliged to declare and the consignee:
    • Name and address of the company, telephone or fax number
  • on the permit according to § 31 Abs. 2 WaffG:
    • Date and number of issue, issuing authority and period of validity
  • on the prior consent of the other Member State or the exemption from prior consent:
    • date of issue and issuing authority, indication of weapons; a double of prior consent or exemption shall be attached to the declaration
  • About the weapons:
    • in the case of firearms: number and type of weapons, category according to Annex 1 Section 3 WaffG, company or registered trademark of the manufacturer, model name, caliber, manufacturing number and, where applicable, C.I.P. bullet mark
    • for other weapons: number and type of weapons
  • About the ammunition:
    • Number and type of ammunition, category referred to in Directive (EEC) No 93/15 on the harmonisation of provisions relating to the placing on the market and control of explosives intended for civil uses EC No. L 121 p. 20), company name or registered trademark of the manufacturer, caliber and, where applicable, C.I.P. ammunition test mark;
  • via the delivery address:
    • Specify the exact location to which the weapons or ammunition will be shipped or transported.

§ 21 Abs. 1 Waffengesetz (WaffG)

§ 31 Abs. 2 Waffengesetz (WaffG)

Annex 1 weapons law (WaffG)

Directive (EEC) No 93/15 on the harmonisation of provisions relating to the placing on the market and control of explosives for civil uses

What are the fees?

Fees are payable in accordance with Section II Section 22 of the Appendix Fee Schedule of the Cost Ordinance to the Weapons Act (WaffKostV).

Cost Ordinance to the Weapons Act (WaffKostV)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

What else should I know?

Separate conditions apply to the personal carriage of weapons, e.B. as a sports shooter.

In certain cases, there are reporting obligations to the Federal Criminal Police Office in accordance with § 34 of the Weapons Act (WaffG).

Before transferring weapons to another state, it makes sense to inform yourself in advance about the weapons regulations applicable there. The respective embassies or consulates are available for this purpose. Regardless of the provisions of the weapons law, the customs regulations must also be observed.

§ 34 Weapons Act (WaffG)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

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

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.