How to Obtain a Firearms License in Croatia: A Step-by-Step Guide

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What is it?

A firearms license is a legal document which enables an individual to own, carry, and use firearm in Croatia. It’s regulated by the Croatian Weapons Act.

Who needs it?

Any Croatian resident over the age of 18 who meets the necessary requirements can apply for a firearms license. This is especially relevant for hunters, sport shooters, and collectors.


  1. The first step for obtaining a firearm license is to pass a firearms safety course. The course covers topics like basic firearms handling, safety rules, and the laws regarding firearms in Croatia.

  2. After completing the course, you’ll need to pass a written exam.

  3. Applicants should then obtain a certificate of health from a competent health institution in the Republic of Croatia.

  4. The next step is to gather all necessary documents (as listed below) and submit your application to the police administration or police station in the area of your residence accordingly.

  5. After receiving your application, the police will conduct a security check to ensure you don’t have a criminal record.

  6. The final decision will be taken by the Ministry of Interior which will issue the firearms license if all requirements are met.

Required Documents

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of residence
  • Medical certificate proving health ability to handle firearms
  • Proof of passing the firearms safety course
  • Filled out application form.

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Additional details

  • It’s important to note that there may be legally mandated waiting periods between applying for a license and purchasing a firearm.
  • A firearms license in Croatia is valid for 5 years for residents.
  • Non-residents may need to fulfill additional requirements.
  • Always consult with the local arena and double-check all the information given the laws can change.


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