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Licensing Procedures

In order to own a pistol in Turkey, you must first obtain a license. For this purpose, you must apply to the authorized offices to issue a license in your settlement, along with the documents specified in the legislation.

At the time of application, please bring,

  1. A petition addressed to the relevant authority,
  2. One half cover cardboard dossier,
  3. Original copy of your identity card,
  4. A health report from the health board that there is no harm in obtaining a pistol license,
  5. 4 colour passport photos,
  6. Up-to-date document that you will receive from the tax offices and that shows that there is no overdue tax debt in excess of 1000 lira (signed, sealed, dated and confirmed.

After the application, if the investigation to be carried out by the relevant authority is positive, you can obtain your pistol purchase document with the approval of the governor's office. You must carry out your arms purchases with this document from the MKEK institution.

You must purchase your pistol within a year of obtaining your license. The registration period of the weapon you receive is 60 days.

You must remember that the pistol license is valid for five years from the date of approval. Therefore, you must renew your license every five years.

More detailed information on this issue can be found in the Firearms Law No. 6136 and related regulations.

As for your request for a license to purchase shotguns, you can apply to the authorized offices to issue a license in your settlement.

At the time of application, please bring,

  1. A petition addressed to the relevant authority,
  2. One half cover cardboard dossier,
  3. Original copy of your identity card,
  4. A health report from the health board that there is no harm in obtaining a shotgun license,
  5. 4 colour passport photos,

Remember! A smoothbore Shotgun License only authorizes you to carry and own. To hunt, you must apply to the Forest Regional Office and get a “Hunting Card”.

You cannot hunt with a Certificate of Purchase; in order to carry your shotgun freely, you must register it in your license.