Firearms

(808)723-3190



Where to register firearms on Oahu (City and County of Honolulu)

To obtain a Permit to Acquire, or to Register a Firearm, you must appear in person at the Honolulu Police Department's Firearms Section. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Due to the high number of registrants, doors to the Firearm's Section will close at 3:00 p.m. Customers within the office during that time will be assisted; however, all others will be asked to return the next business day for assistance.

Forms are now available on this website to complete prior to coming down to the Firearms Section office. You may complete the forms and bring them with you to the Firearms Section to help expedite the application process.


Records and Identification Division, Firearms Section
801 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

If you have any questions concerning the acquisition and registration of firearms check our FAQ page or contact the Honolulu Police Department's firearms unit through the online email form or by calling (808)723-3190.

APPLICATION FOR A FIREARM PERMIT



You must be 21 years or older to purchase a firearm. You must apply, in person, at the HPD Firearms Section. The application must be completed at the Firearms Section. Please have the following information with you when submitting your application. All of the below mentioned forms are available at the Firearms Section or click on the hyperlinks below.



  • Valid photo identification.
  • Permit to acquire application. You will need the Make, Model, Caliber, Type/Revolver/Semiautomatic etc, Barrel Length, and Serial Number. (Handguns only)
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the seller.
  • Firearms Application Questionnaire
  • Mental Health Waiver
  • Medical Information Waiver
  • Firearms Information Form
  • Fingerprint card. (First time in-state purchase and out of state registrants will be assessed a $16.50 FBI fingerprinting fee.) Cash only, exact change.
  • Background check. (Background check includes, but is not limited to, warrant checks, local and national arrest history, local and national criminal history, local and national criminal convictions, any pending cases and TRO's.)
  • Original Hunters Education card or an original Handgun Safety Training Course Affidavit. (Handguns only)
  • Original documentation of proof of U.S citizenship if born outside the United States. (U.S. Passport, Naturalization Certificate, Born Abroad Birth Certificate)


There is a 14 day waiting period on all permits. After the 14-day waiting period the permit will be valid for only 6 calendar days. Permits not picked up by the 6th day will be voided. Applicants will need to reapply and go through another 14-day waiting period, so please plan accordingly.

As an option, applicants may have their processed permits mailed to them. Applicants need to provide a self-addressed pre-paid envelope, certified restricted-delivery return receipt required(available at the U.S. Post Office) at time of application for permit. Long-gun (rifles/shotguns) permits are valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. Be advised that a handgun (pistols/revolvers) permit is valid for only ten (10) days from the date of issue.

Reference:

HRS 134-2: Permit to acquire


FIREARMS REGISTRATION

For in state registration, take your firearm in person to the Main Police Station Firearms Section no later than 5 calendar days from a purchase or acquisition for registration. You need the following when you register your firearm:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Your original firearms permit
  • Name, address, phone number of seller, in state registration only
  • The firearm for inspection
  • If you were born outside the United States, bring proof of citizenship such as an Original US Passport, Original Naturalization Certificate, Original Born Abroad Certificate, or if you are in the military your Enlisted (ERB) or Officer (ORB) Record Brief will suffice only if the document states you are a United States Citizen.

Out of state registrants need to take firearm(s), in person, to the Main Police Station Firearms Section no later than 5 calendar days from arrival. Out of state registrants are encouraged to arrive at the Firearms Unit no later than 3:00 pm. The out of state registration process can be lengthy. If there is a line, we may not be able to accommodate you. There is no 14-day waiting period for Out-of-State Registration. You need the following when you register your firearm:

  • A $16.50 FBI fingerprinting fee. Cash only, exact change.
  • Valid photo identification
  • The firearm for inspection
  • If you were born outside the United States, bring proof of citizenship such as an Original US Passport, Original Naturalization Certificate, Original Born Abroad Certificate, or if you are in the military your Enlisted (ERB) or Officer (ORB) Record Brief will suffice only if the document states you are a United States Citizen.

The following forms are available on this website and may be filled in prior to coming to the Firearms Section.


Married couples who would like to have their firearms jointly registered in both names need to also bring the Original Marriage Certificate.


Reference:

HRS 134-3   Registration, mandatory, exceptions


The following links provide Hawaii State Statue information for acquiring, registering, possessing, owning, and carrying firearms in the City and County of Honolulu.



HRS 134-2        Permit to acquire



HRS 134-3        Registration, mandatory, exceptions



HRS 134-4        Transfer, possession of firearms



HRS 134-5        Possession by licensed hunters and minors; target; game shooting



HRS 134-7        Ownership or possession prohibited, when, penalty;



HRS 134-7.5     Seizure of firearms in domestic abuse situations



HRS 134-8        Ownership, etc., of automatic firearms, silencers, etc., prohibited; penalties.



HRS 134-9        Licenses to carry




Links to each law can be found at

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



How soon can I renew my Long Gun Permit?

  • Not more than 14 calendar days prior to the expiration date.



If I am a U.S. Citizen but born in another country, do I still need proof of citizenship?

  • Yes. Need to provide a current U.S. passport, Naturalization, or Born Abroad Certificate. (If the applicant is active military, the Enlisted Record Brief would suffice.)



If I am not available to pick up my permit during the pick-up dates, can I pick it up prior or after?

  • No. The permits are only available during the posted dates (on the 14th day through the 20th day. Excluding weekends and holidays).



How can I obtain a firearm from someone who is deceased?

  • If the person wanting to acquire the firearm(s) is a family member, obtain a notarized statement from the Executor of the estate transferring the firearms to that next of kin, immediate family members only.

  • If the person acquiring the firearm(s) is not an immediate family member, the Executor of the estate will need to obtain permits for themselves first, then transfer the firearms in their own name. Once that is accomplished, the Executor can then transfer the firearm(s) to another party.

  • Or, the transfer will need to go through a firearms dealer.



Do I need to be fingerprinted every time I apply?

  • No. We take one fingerprint card for the first time permit application, or Out-of-State firearms registration. A $16.50 fingerprinting fee will be due at that time. Cash only, exact change.


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