Weapons permits for individuals

Weapons permit

A weapons permit grants an individual the right to handle the weapon entered on the weapons permit or a weapon of the same type and its ammunition as well as a silencer and a laser sight.

Before applying for a weapons permit for the first time, you must undergo:

  • a medical examination performed by a general practitioner
  • first aid training

Applying for a weapons permit through the self-service portal

Apply for a weapons permit using the self-service portal at https://relvataotlus.politsei.ee/.

We recommend using Google Chrome to access the self-service portal.

You can pay the state fee in the self-service portal by online banking.

Upload copies of the required documents:

  • a medical certificate not older than 3 months issued by a general practitioner
  • a certificate confirming completion of first aid training
  • a hunting certificate if you need the weapon for hunting
  • a document certifying membership of a sports organisation if you need the weapon to engage in sports

Applying for a weapons permit at a service office

To apply for a weapons permit, go to a suitable service office and take the following with you:

  • an identity document
  • a medical certificate not older than 3 months issued by a general practitioner
  • a hunting certificate if you need the weapon for hunting
  • a document certifying membership of a sports organisation if you need the weapon to engage in sports

The first time you are applying for a weapons permit, you must pass a weapons examination.

When applying for a weapons permit to handle another type of weapon, you must pass a shooting test.

First aid training of at least 16 hours must be provided by a healthcare professional who has completed a training course for first aid trainers and holds a corresponding certificate. Check whether the trainer you found is listed in the register of healthcare professionals.

Police officers, assistant police officers, prison officers, officials of the Rescue Board who have acquired the profession of an explosive ordnance disposal technician, as well as active-duty service personnel and active members of the Defence League who have the right to carry a service weapon or weapon of Armed Forces and who meet the health requirements set for entering police, prison, rescue or active service are not required to submit a medical certificate or document certifying completion of first aid training.

If you are a foreigner residing in Estonia on the basis of a residence permit or the right of residence and you are applying for a weapons permit for the first time, you must also submit a criminal record statement issued by a competent authority of your home country, that is translated and certified by an apostille certificate (unless an international agreement provides otherwise).

Circumstances precluding the issue of a weapons permit

Within no more than two months, a proceedings officer shall verify the circumstances precluding the issue of an acquisition permit (section 36 of the Weapons Act), including:

  • a mental or behavioural disorder caused by the use of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances
  • a severe mental disorder
  • a physical disability which prevents a person from adequately handling the weapon applied for
  • evasion of service in the Defence Forces
  • active legal capacity is restricted and a guardian has been appointed
  • a criminal record
  • lifestyle and behaviour
  • compliance with the requirements of the Weapons Act on storage conditions for weapons

If you would like your weapon to be used by another user under a parallel weapons permit, you must give your consent in writing.