Hawaii Firearm Bill of Sale Form


A Hawaii firearm bill of sale form establishes the trade of a gun as areal. It verifies that both parties willfully agreed to the exchange. In other words, the seller did not scam the buyer, and the new owner did not steal the weapon. The document outlines the arrangement between each person and provides the firearm’s intricate properties.

What is a Hawaii Gun Bill of Sale?

A Hawaii gun bill of sale accredits a buyer with certification of ownership. The person purchasing the gun must show the seller their permit to buy. If the individual does not have a purchase permit, they cannot move on with the deal. Otherwise, the previous and new owners fill out the document and sign.

Each person needs to take additional steps after signing the bill of sale. The buyer must register their firearm, and the seller must inform the police department of the transfer. This information remains on both individuals’ permanent records indefinitely.

Residents in need can apply for a license to carry. Although the state seldom approves unless the individual has a solid argument to qualify. They must show evidence of reasonable fear of injury or a need for protection.

How to Apply for a Permit to Acquire

Residents cannot purchase a gun in Hawaii without a permit to acquire. Furthermore, individuals need a license for every handgun they buy, which lasts only ten (10) days. When purchasing a rifle or shotgun, on the other hand, the person only needs one (1) permit (which lasts for one (1) year) for all sales. Applicants must wait at least fourteen (14) days after applying to pick up their permit.

The state requires residents to obtain a permit to acquire even when they inherit a gun or someone gifts it to them. Individuals who fail to adhere to this law can receive fines and jail time. Gun holders can give up their firearms to licensed dealers without a permit.

Bring the Following:

  • Application
  • Certificate of Gun Safety Course (or Hunter Education Class)
  • Government-Issued identification
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Name, Address, and Phone Number of Seller
  • Payment

How to Register a Firearm in Hawaii

Individuals twenty-one (21) years of age or older can register a firearm in the state. To rightfully obtain the gun, they must have had a permit to acquire at the time of the sale.

Registration processes differ for in-state and out-of-state purchases. The resident can send in the required documentation in-person, online, or by mail in most cases. Married couples who wish to register their firearms together must bring their original marriage certificate in addition to the other necessary forms. The requirements vary by county; therefore, buyers and sellers should consult with their local police station before registering their firearms.


The following applies to gun purchases made within state boundaries.


Buyers and sellers transferring guns in-state can go to a police department to carry out the transaction. At that time, they both must provide their photo identification and proof of citizenship (for individuals born outside of the U.S. only).

If both parties exchanged a handgun, then the buyer and seller must sign the buyer’s permit to acquire. The seller must deliver it to the police station within forty-eight (48) hours.

When handling shotgun or rifle transfers, the seller must submit a document to the police station that contains the name of the two (2) individuals and the gun’s details (i.e., make, model, action type, serial number, barrel length, and caliber). A bill of sale generally suffices as it includes the required data.

The buyer must also complete a firearms information form to verify the sale’s critical information.


The buyer and seller can conduct the transfer without visiting a police station. In this case, the seller must submit a notice of transfer, their photo identification, and firearm registration. The buyer must also provide their picture ID.


This section concerns firearm sales that happened outside of Hawaii.

Out-of-state registrations require additional paperwork to verify the individual can legally possess a gun. These transactions generally happen when an incoming resident moves into the state.

The firearm holder must complete a firearms information form, medical information waiver, mental health waiver, and firearms application and questionnaire. They must also provide their photo ID and proof of citizenship papers if they were born outside of the U.S.

A staff member takes the individual’s fingerprints and photographs at the appointment. If fees apply, the registrar must pay in full at that time. Otherwise, the state runs a background check on the person to ensure they do not have conflicts with the law or mental health concerns.

Applicants who do not wish to visit an office can also fax, email, or mail the information to the police station.

How to Apply for a License to Carry

Hawaii does not allow residents to open or concealed carry in public. Law enforcement can arrest and charge individuals with a Class B felony if they choose to carry guns in this manner. Holding a license gives residents more permission with carrying laws; however, individuals still have possession and usage restrictions even with a permit.

Step 1 – Requirements

Hawaii only gives residents licenses to carry under unique or urgent circumstances. The individual must prove that their life is in danger and they need the gun to protect themselves. In addition, they cannot have any misdemeanors or felonies on their permanent record or have a history of mental health challenges that negatively impact their ability to possess a firearm (§ 134-2).

Step 2 – Gun Safety Class

The applicant must have previously taken a firearm safety course or hunter education class. After completing the class, the individual must receive a certificate or affidavit signed by the certified instructor. They must provide a copy of the form to the police station when applying for a license to carry.

Step 3 – Appointment

Individuals must make an appointment through their local police station. On the day of the meeting, they need to have all documents in order so that the staff does not immediately reject them.

The registrar must first complete the application. They must provide sufficient evidence of their safety concerns and subsequent reasoning for needing a permit. Essentially, they must prove that the firearm would protect them from personal injury or harm to themselves or their property.

Next, they must complete a mental health form and a medical information document, which allows the state to look into the individual’s mental health and medical records. The applicant’s signature verifies their mental capacity to reasonably own and use a gun.

After this step, the applicant signs a consent form to allow the state to perform a background check. The police can look into the individual’s arrest history, warrant checks, national and local criminal history and convictions, pending cases, protection orders, and other relevant data.

Lastly, they must provide their signed firearm safety (or hunter education) certification form and government-issued identification. Before the applicant leaves, the office takes their fingerprints and photographs before accepting payment.

Step 4 – Wait

The applicant receives an approval or denial notice within fourteen (14) days. If approved, they have six (6) days to pick up their permit. If the individual does not pick up their license within the time frame, it expires, and they have to reapply for a new one.

Step 5 – Renew

A license to carry lasts for one (1) year in Hawaii. Permit holders must visit a local police station to submit the required information and payment.

Forms: By County

The categories below contain the county-specific forms for firearm sales in Hawaii.