Arms trade; application for a permit

If you want to buy and sell firearms or ammunition, you need a firearms dealer's license.



The applicant must have the required reliability and personal suitability (see §§ 5 and 6 WaffG).

You must provide evidence of the required expertise. This does not apply if you do not manage the business, a branch or a dependent branch yourself.

The permit may be refused if you are not a German citizen within the meaning of Article 116 of the Basic Law or if you have neither your habitual residence nor a commercial establishment within the area of application of this law.

Special notes

The holder of a permit must notify the competent authority within two weeks of the commencement and cessation of operations and of the opening and closing of a branch or dependent branch.

If the commercial arms trade is to be operated by a deputy, a separate deputy permit must be applied for on behalf of this person. This also applies if someone is appointed to manage a branch office or a dependent branch. The deputy permit is linked to the associated firearms dealer permit. The same requirements must be met for a deputy permit as for a firearms trading permit.

Required documents

  • Proof of reliability and personal suitability

  • Certificate of competence


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


    • Issuance of a firearms trading permit according to § 21 para. 1 WaffG: 100 to 2,700 Euro
    • Issuance of a deputy permit according to § 21a WaffG: 50 to 500 Euro
    • State specialized knowledge examination according to § 22 Abs. 1 WaffG: 100 to 250 Euro

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