Handy new illustrated guide provided by the Hawaii Rifle Association
If you want to get a gun in Hawaii you will need a permit to acquire
. For handguns, you will need a separate permit for each handgun you wish to purchase. For long guns (rifle or shotguns) you will need to get a single permit which will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
You will need the following documentation prior to completing the application. The application must be completed at the Firearms Section.
1. Valid photo identification.
2. Permit to acquire application.
3. Firearms questionnaire form.
4. Mental health waiver form.
5. Medical Waiver form.
6. Fingerprinting. (First time in-state purchase and $16.50
FBI fingerprinting fee. Bring cash.)
7. 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.)
8. Hunters education card or a handgun safety training course affidavit. (Handguns only)
9. Proof of U.S citizenship if born outside the United States.Permit to acquire
The following are needed when applying for a permit to acquire:
1. Valid identification that includes a photograph, such as a driver's license, state identification card, military ID, or United States passport. (You must be 21 years old or older to purchase a firearm.)
2. Complete an application for permit to acquire firearms with specific information, including: Make, Model, Caliber, Type, (revolver, Semiautomatic,etc), Finish, barrel length, and Serial Number.
3. The name, address, and telephone number of the seller.
4. A handgun safety training course affidavit, or hunters education card.
5. Provide proof of United States citizenship, if born outside of the United States, such as a United States passport, naturalization certificate, or birth certificate.
6. If you were convicted of a DUI, you need to bring in a substance abuse assessment from District Court Drivers License Education. (IF counseling was ordered, a medical clearance is also required.)
NOTE: For the long gun permit, you don't need #3 and #4.
You will need to wait 14 days before your permit is approved. 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.Registration
After purchase or acquisition of the firearm return to the HPD Firearms Section no later than 5 calendar days with the following.
1. Valid photo identification.
2. Your original firearms permit.
3. The firearm for inspection.
Complete the firearms registration form and sign the firearms registration card.
There is no 14-day waiting period for out of state registration. Once the firearm arrives in the state you have 3 calendar days to bring it, with valid photo identification and proof of citizenship if born outside the United States, to the HPD Firearms Section.Honolulu Firearms Registration Hours
Monday-Friday 7:45 am - 4:00 p.m. closed on all state holidays.