NSW new licence application how long?

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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Cmr83 » 28 Jan 2021, 9:38 pm

Cmr83 wrote:My mate and I lodged our applications on the 3/03/2020 he had his licence approved on 19/12/2020 and I’m still waiting

Strange thing was about a month before his licence app was approved two local police rocked up on his doorstep asking to inspect his safe and he said he did not have one as his application was still being processed and they left.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Fuzzy Bunny » 30 Jan 2021, 7:39 am

My GF works at queens bond here’s the scoop.

Covid saw a reduction of staff at the NFR by two people one of those was the guy who specialises in dealer B709 forms etc so remaining staff had to take on that work load.
Covid panic saw a dramatic increase on new applications by hundreds if not a couple grand obliviously that’s going to push waiting times back.
The dashboard is updated Wednesday evening , queens bond have their ( back end )system linked in to update stock arrivals from customs for pick up for local dealers.
I’m in the same boat 10 months waiting but also have resigned from being annoyed or frustrated as it’s pointless, just think of the current situation as something similar to a bricklayer placing 5 bricks a day on a house.

The registration process is like watching a time lapse of crabs eating a whale.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by djmm » 31 Jan 2021, 7:56 pm

I've submitted an application via Myservices but how come when I checked under "my applications" it says I don't have anything? I did receive the email confirming my application payment though.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by tb65 » 01 Feb 2021, 8:57 am

djmm wrote:I've submitted an application via Myservices but how come when I checked under "my applications" it says I don't have anything? I did receive the email confirming my application payment though.


That's normal. I had the same thing. I understand that Service NSW and the Firearms registry systems are not linked. You should get a letter from the Firearms Registry in about a week or two confirming receipt of your application. This document also shows the licence number you will have, if approved
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by djmm » 01 Feb 2021, 6:06 pm

So in 2 weeks we'll receive physical letter confirming receipt of application,then just wait for another 6 weeks or so for approval if we are approved?
Do they send letter for declined application as well?
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by tb65 » 02 Feb 2021, 9:45 am

djmm wrote:So in 2 weeks we'll receive physical letter confirming receipt of application,then just wait for another 6 weeks or so for approval if we are approved?
Do they send letter for declined application as well?


Yes, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of application. If you read back through the posts in this thread you will find I posted the timeline of my applications for probationary pistol and Cat A/B but I think it was about 3 months to have in hand. However, you will see some people on this forum have waited a year, so it really depends on your individual background and circumstances. No idea what happens if your application is declined.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by djmm » 03 Feb 2021, 11:57 am

Thanks I'll wait then. hopefully not too terribly long.
Did you apply for A B and H at the same time?

I already applied for AB and planning to apply for H next month. I wonder if multiple class applications would prolong the application time
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by conjolakim » 03 Feb 2021, 3:48 pm

My partner lodged his cat A&B licence on the 31st January 2020..... it’s now the 3rd Feb 2021!!!!!

He has been waiting for over 365 days!!!! And it’s still not done. He has rang up multiple times and just got the same answer as everyone else. It’s in the pile.. what a f*cking joke.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by tb65 » 05 Feb 2021, 8:41 am

djmm wrote:Thanks I'll wait then. hopefully not too terribly long.
Did you apply for A B and H at the same time?

I already applied for AB and planning to apply for H next month. I wonder if multiple class applications would prolong the application time


No, I applied for the probationary pistol licence a couple of weeks later but it seems both were processed at the same time because I received both together. I think the pistol one took 42 days
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by djmm » 06 Feb 2021, 5:24 pm

Oh ok.i have applied for my A and B a couple weeks back but won't be able to apply for cat H until maybe 6 weeks from now.

I hope when I apply for my cat H, it doesn't "reset" my A and B application back to bottom of queue.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by duddley75 » 07 Feb 2021, 11:31 am

conjolakim wrote:My partner lodged his cat A&B licence on the 31st January 2020..... it’s now the 3rd Feb 2021!!!!!

He has been waiting for over 365 days!!!! And it’s still not done. He has rang up multiple times and just got the same answer as everyone else. It’s in the pile.. what a f*cking joke.


If memory serves me correctly, that is the day I applied for my Cat A/B as well. It clearly wasn't in the same pile as mine was.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Adzy » 10 Feb 2021, 7:10 pm

Rang the Far today and the nice lady said my license was being referred to Service NSW for license approval ! She said that 16,000 new license applications were made in 2020 in NSW . Still might be 4 more weeks till I get the letter ! And minimum 6 weeks wait on a PTA !
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Dandry » 16 Feb 2021, 4:21 pm

For those trying to gauge current wait times, I just got my refer to Service status update. Dates so far are:
26/10 did the course
26/10 joined club
26/10 applied online via SNSW
30/10 got the acknowledgement letter from FAR (saying application date 26/10
Renewed club membership somewhere in-between
13/2/21 (Sat) 110 days later referred to SNSW for photo
19/2 (Fri) letter arrived
19/2 photo taken

now waiting for status to update

This is for Cat A & B hunting & target
Last edited by Dandry on 19 Feb 2021, 11:46 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Dandry » 16 Feb 2021, 4:28 pm

The published stats tell a story - average processing times have been going up every month since September, possibly after a big spike in applications in July that they haven't caught up with?
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/as ... _Dec20.pdf

Not improving so far this year either...
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/as ... _Jan21.pdf
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Devilcv8 » 16 Feb 2021, 5:56 pm

tb65 wrote:
djmm wrote:Thanks I'll wait then. hopefully not too terribly long.
Did you apply for A B and H at the same time?

I already applied for AB and planning to apply for H next month. I wonder if multiple class applications would prolong the application time


No, I applied for the probationary pistol licence a couple of weeks later but it seems both were processed at the same time because I received both together. I think the pistol one took 42 days

My ppl took around 100 days or so, cant remember exactly, but my full cat H was received on 7/12/2020 so I’m half way based on past experience. Also ended up with a new license number. Ppl has now expired but the new license number says ppl authority continues.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Adzy » 17 Feb 2021, 9:43 am

I applied on exactly the same dates , the Far told me all was good and my license was being sent to Service NSW to send me the letter to attend for the photo on the 10 th Feb . Still waiting.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Devilcv8 » 17 Feb 2021, 11:53 am

I check the online tool to see where the application is up to. For laughs I checked my now expired ppl and it says valid-cat h application in progress.
The ppl went application 25/7/2019, issued 10/12/2019, expiry 30/01/21
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Tubs » 17 Feb 2021, 9:52 pm

Four months is about right for a CatH
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Dandry » 28 Feb 2021, 2:59 pm

Dandry wrote:For those trying to gauge current wait times, I just got my refer to Service status update. Dates so far are:
26/10 did the course
26/10 joined club
26/10 applied online via SNSW
30/10 got the acknowledgement letter from FAR (saying application date 26/10
Renewed club membership somewhere in-between
13/2/21 (Sat) 110 days later referred to SNSW for photo
19/2 (Fri) letter arrived
19/2 photo taken

now waiting for status to update

This is for Cat A & B hunting & target



Licence arrived 26/2
Status changed to Valid 27/2
PTA's submitted 27/2
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Lsfan » 28 Feb 2021, 3:22 pm

Dandry wrote:
Dandry wrote:For those trying to gauge current wait times, I just got my refer to Service status update. Dates so far are:
26/10 did the course
26/10 joined club
26/10 applied online via SNSW
30/10 got the acknowledgement letter from FAR (saying application date 26/10
Renewed club membership somewhere in-between
13/2/21 (Sat) 110 days later referred to SNSW for photo
19/2 (Fri) letter arrived
19/2 photo taken

now waiting for status to update

This is for Cat A & B hunting & target



Licence arrived 26/2
Status changed to Valid 27/2
PTA's submitted 27/2

4 months isn’t too bad. Mine was around 7. FYI for PTA’s, it has taken me around 2 weeks from application online to arrival in mail. I’m in Sydney metro. 3 days for application to show online, 4 days to be approved and then 1 week to deliver. It says allow 7 to 10 business days for mail but more like 5 or 6 business days for me.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Dandry » 28 Feb 2021, 5:22 pm

Lsfan wrote:
Dandry wrote:
Dandry wrote:For those trying to gauge current wait times, I just got my refer to Service status update. Dates so far are:
26/10 did the course
26/10 joined club
26/10 applied online via SNSW
30/10 got the acknowledgement letter from FAR (saying application date 26/10
Renewed club membership somewhere in-between
13/2/21 (Sat) 110 days later referred to SNSW for photo
19/2 (Fri) letter arrived
19/2 photo taken

now waiting for status to update

This is for Cat A & B hunting & target



Licence arrived 26/2
Status changed to Valid 27/2
PTA's submitted 27/2

4 months isn’t too bad. Mine was around 7. FYI for PTA’s, it has taken me around 2 weeks from application online to arrival in mail. I’m in Sydney metro. 3 days for application to show online, 4 days to be approved and then 1 week to deliver. It says allow 7 to 10 business days for mail but more like 5 or 6 business days for me.


Yep not bad seeing how long some have taken. My PTA’s are subject to the 28 day cooling period so not expecting any progress there for another month, but at least I can start shopping now...
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Lsfan » 28 Feb 2021, 5:27 pm

Dandry wrote:
Lsfan wrote:
Dandry wrote:
Dandry wrote:For those trying to gauge current wait times, I just got my refer to Service status update. Dates so far are:
26/10 did the course
26/10 joined club
26/10 applied online via SNSW
30/10 got the acknowledgement letter from FAR (saying application date 26/10
Renewed club membership somewhere in-between
13/2/21 (Sat) 110 days later referred to SNSW for photo
19/2 (Fri) letter arrived
19/2 photo taken

now waiting for status to update

This is for Cat A & B hunting & target



Licence arrived 26/2
Status changed to Valid 27/2
PTA's submitted 27/2

4 months isn’t too bad. Mine was around 7. FYI for PTA’s, it has taken me around 2 weeks from application online to arrival in mail. I’m in Sydney metro. 3 days for application to show online, 4 days to be approved and then 1 week to deliver. It says allow 7 to 10 business days for mail but more like 5 or 6 business days for me.


Yep not bad seeing how long some have taken. My PTA’s are subject to the 28 day cooling period so not expecting any progress there for another month, but at least I can start shopping now...

Oh yeah. Probably add a week to that 28 days for delivery.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Lsfan » 28 Feb 2021, 5:41 pm

Dandry wrote:
Lsfan wrote:
Dandry wrote:
Dandry wrote:For those trying to gauge current wait times, I just got my refer to Service status update. Dates so far are:
26/10 did the course
26/10 joined club
26/10 applied online via SNSW
30/10 got the acknowledgement letter from FAR (saying application date 26/10
Renewed club membership somewhere in-between
13/2/21 (Sat) 110 days later referred to SNSW for photo
19/2 (Fri) letter arrived
19/2 photo taken

now waiting for status to update

This is for Cat A & B hunting & target



Licence arrived 26/2
Status changed to Valid 27/2
PTA's submitted 27/2

4 months isn’t too bad. Mine was around 7. FYI for PTA’s, it has taken me around 2 weeks from application online to arrival in mail. I’m in Sydney metro. 3 days for application to show online, 4 days to be approved and then 1 week to deliver. It says allow 7 to 10 business days for mail but more like 5 or 6 business days for me.


Yep not bad seeing how long some have taken. My PTA’s are subject to the 28 day cooling period so not expecting any progress there for another month, but at least I can start shopping now...

Oh yeah. Probably add a week to that 28 days for delivery.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Cmr83 » 01 Mar 2021, 7:14 pm

365 days and counting in about 4 hours I applied 2/3/2020 cat a/b hunting target shooting far said application was with the adjudication team about 9 months ago.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Lsfan » 01 Mar 2021, 7:39 pm

Cmr83 wrote:365 days and counting in about 4 hours I applied 2/3/2020 cat a/b hunting target shooting far said application was with the adjudication team about 9 months ago.

Sorry to hear it still hasn’t come through. The thing that annoyed me too was that pricing of everything went up while I was waiting. Now ammo is in shorter supply too. Hope it gets sorted for you soon.
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Re: NSW new licence application how long?

Post by Dandry » 01 Mar 2021, 9:32 pm

Cmr83 wrote:365 days and counting in about 4 hours I applied 2/3/2020 cat a/b hunting target shooting far said application was with the adjudication team about 9 months ago.

Seems like a bit of a lottery...
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