European firearms pass; application for renewal

If your European Firearms Pass expires, you must have it renewed.


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 a short-term, cross-border transport of your weapons for a purpose that is covered by your weapons legal need (e.g. hunting trip, participation in shooting sports event).

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

You may carry the appropriate ammunition for the registered weapons, but only as much as you expect to need. As a hunter, experience shows that you will need less ammunition than a sport shooter.

Not every weapon that is registered in the European Firearms Pass may automatically be taken abroad. The respective firearms regulations of the host state and all states that are passed through must be observed. Appropriate permits from states to be visited must be obtained in advance. Therefore, please inform yourself comprehensively about the respective firearms regulations in force in the countries before your trip. When traveling, in addition to the European Firearms Pass, you must carry an identification document as well as the weapons ownership card in which the weapons are registered. It is also advisable to carry an invitation from the hunting club or the hunting license for the country 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. For this you need other permits.


You must have a valid permit for the acquisition and possession of weapons (e.g. Weapons Possession Card - WBK), which are registered in the European Firearms Pass.


You must renew the European firearms pass at the competent firearms authority. Submit the application together with the required documents.

The firearms authority will renew the European Firearms Pass if you meet the necessary requirements.

Special notes

To help you complete the application more quickly, you can use NWR Identification Numbers (NWR ID):

  • Your Personal NWR ID (P- or F-NWR ID) for your personal information.
  • the permit-NWR-ID for the weapon-legal 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 responsible weapons authority.



Required documents

  • Identity card or passport (copy)

  • European firearms pass


  • 15,00 EUR


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