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Requirements to obtain a Competency Certificate
- You must submit the following documentation to the Designated Firearms Officer at the
police station nearest to your usual place of residence:
- Your official original identity document
- The original training certificate obtained from an accredited training provider
- Two unobscured passport size colour photographs not older than three months
- You will be requested to complete the relevant sections of the SAPS 517 (Application
for a competency certificate) form. The Designated Firearms Officer will take a full set
of your fingerprints on a SAPS 91(a) form.
- The Designated Firearms Officer will issue you with a remittance advice (SAPS 523(a))
and direct you to the financial office at the police station to pay the fee of R70.00. The
payment must be made in cash or by bank-guaranteed cheque. After the payment of the
prescribed fee you will be issued with an expenditure receipt (Z263) as proof of payment
and you must submit the expenditure receipt to the Designated Firearms Officer for the
further processing of your application.
- You will receive a signed acknowledgment of receipt (SAPS 523) as proof that your
application for a competency certificate was submitted to the South African Police
- The Designated Firearms Officer will conduct a background evaluation on you before
forwarding the application for a competency certificate together with the supporting
documentation to the Central Firearms Register (CFR) for consideration.
- While it is not a requirement, it will greatly speed up the processing of your
application if you are able to bring two persons (neighbour, employer, parents, etc) whom
the police must interview (apart from your spouse or house partner) regarding your
application for competence in respect of your health and physical fitness, character,
temper, emotional and behavioural stability, etc.
- Should your application be successful, the DFO will contact you personally to collect
the competency certificate. The competency certificate expires after a period of five (5)
years from the date it was issued.
- If your application for a competency certificate is refused, a refusal letter with
reasons will be posted to your postal address.
- You may appeal against the refusal to the Chairperson of the Appeals Board, Private
Bag X811, Pretoria, 0001.