How to get your LTOPF, firearm license in 7 easy steps

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How to get your LTOPF, firearm license in 7 easy steps
UPDATE as of July 17, 2017

Philippine National Police Chief Ronaldo "Bato" Dela Rosa announced during the 25th Defense and Sporting Arms Show (DSAS) held July 13-17 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, that a "provisional" License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) will now be available for all gun holders who need to renew their firearms.

The provisional LTOPF is exclusive only to gun holders with existing firearms and will no longer require a drug/neuro test. It will be valid for six months.

The LTOPF for first-time gun purchases, however, still require the drug/neuro tests.


The process of obtaining a gun can sometimes be difficult and confusing, but with the right information, one can pass through the process with very little difficulty.

Here's what all gun enthusiasts need to know to get a License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF); and how to renew/register their pistols, according to the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10591 or " The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.”


READ: LTOPF, gun registration is now online! 9 easy steps to do it 


1
Check that you meet the requirements. There are several important requirements to take into account before applying. You will need to meet all of the following eligibility requirements in order to get an LTOPF and a firearms license:
  • You are at least 21 years old.
  • You must have a Filipino citizenship.
  • You must have a gainful work, occupation or business or has filed an Income Tax Return (ITR) for the preceding year as proof of income, business, profession or occupation.
  • You have not been convicted of a crime or currently accused in any pending criminal case for a crime that required imprisonment of more than 2 years.
2
Documentary Requirements and Clearances. The Philippine National Police -Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Camp Crame, Quezon City shall require the following:
  • Drug Test at the PNP General Hospital (PNP-GH). P300 (allow one week for release of results)
  • Neuro Psychiatric Exam at the PNP-GH. P900 (allow one week for release of results)
  • Gun Safety Certificate (duly authenticated at Counter 24, FEO). P600 (from 30 minutes to one hour)
  • PNP Directorate for Intelligence Clearance, P100; or Police Clearance, P400 in Quezon City. (NOTE: Price depends on which city you live in) 
  • NBI Clearance. P115 (same day; or one week if you have a HIT); or RTC/MTC Court Clearance
  • NSO Birth Certificate or Philippine Passport.
  • Proof of Billing under the name of the applicant or Barangay Clearance.
  • One valid Government ID (driver's license, SSS, TIN, etc)
  • Proof of income. (any of the following: ITR, payslip, land title, certificate of pension, W2 or Form 2316, etc.)

Notarized application form in two (2) copies. The forms are available at the FEO. Be sure to fill them out correctly as this will be your permanent database records at FEO. Attach at least three (3) 2 X 2 photos. Notary Public officers, at least two of them, are available inside.


Submit the necessary documents and clearances.
 The FEO has commissioned three (3) of their staff at a table in front of the encoding and photo-capture counters to check on your requirements (see item 2 above). Once they have certified that all your documents are true and correct, you can now proceed to Counters 3 and 4 for encoding and picture-taking.


5
Scanning of requirements. Proceed to Counters 7 and 8 for scanning of all your documents and clearances. Once done, affix your signature on a list sheet provided for by the FEO staff and get your claim stub. You will be asked to return the next day as the FEO will still review your application.


Payment for approved application.
 Proceed to Counters 17 or 18 and present your claim stub. If your application is approved, the FEO staff will issue a reference number and an Order of Payment (P800). Move on to the next counter - the Landbank windows - and pay the amount. 


Claim your LTOPF.
 After payment at the Landbank windows, proceed to Counters 11 or 12 and submit your receipt. The FEO staff will then print out your LTOPF Certificate valid for two (2) years. You're done!


The FEO counters mentioned above can be grueling with too many queues. Get your feet (and knees!) ready; and better still, bring your gadget with you to pass the tine while you're at it.


Firearms Registration/ Renewal

Once you get your LTOPF, you can now use it to renew/register your firearm. Attach your two (2) copies of notarized application form, a photocopy of your previous gun license or a copy of your application for firearms registration (for new firearms). There are only three (3) steps to follow, somewhat similar to above mentioned steps 5 to 7:



Scanning of LTOPF and other documents. Proceed to Counters 19 or 20 for scanning of your LTOPF, your notarized application form, and your previous gun license/application for firearms registration. Once done, affix your signature on a list sheet provided for by the FEO staff and get your claim stub. You will be asked to return the next day as the FEO will still review your application.


Payment for approved application. Proceed to Counters 17 or 18 and present your claim stub. If your application is approved, the FEO staff will issue a reference number and an Order of Payment (Amount may vary based on which type you were approved for and how many firearms you have). Move on to the next counter - the Landbank windows - and pay the amount. 


Claim your license renewal/ firearms registration certificate. After payment at the Landbank windows, proceed to Counters 11 or 12 and submit your receipt. The FEO staff will then print out your renewal/ registration certificate valid for four (4) years. You're done!


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