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Banded System Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you going on-line with Dealer One On One Off exchanges, Banded exchanges and one off exchanges?
To deliver an effective service to the public by providing an easy system of payment for these types of transactions.
Where do I go to fill in my on-line notification?
You can access the on-line notification form on the PSNI Website. You can also access this through the NI Direct website.
When do I complete my notification?
You should complete your notification prior to going to the Firearms Dealership to complete your exchange.
What information will I need to provide on the notification?
You will be asked to provide the name of the Firearms Dealership, your name, your contact number, your e-mail address, firearm certificate number and the serial number of the firearm you intend to give up.
How do I pay for my notification?
Payment will be taken at the end of the online process. Most major VISA /DEBIT cards are accepted (MasterCard, VISA, Delta, Electron, Maestro, Switch, Amex, Solo). Cheques will no longer be accepted once the process goes on-line. Refunds will be available where relevant. Once you have paid you will be emailed a unique Transaction ID and an Application ID.
What documentation do I need to take to the Firearms Dealer?
You will need to show the Firearms Dealer proof of payment by giving the Firearms Dealer details of both the Transaction ID and Application ID. You will also need to bring your current firearm certificate.
What if the firearm I am exchanging is on loan to someone else?
You can still carry out a banded exchange; however the person who your firearm is on loan to must also have completed electronic payment andmust be present at the dealer, with their Transaction and application ID and their current Firearm Certificate.
What assistance will you provide to helping me complete my on-line notification?
There will be explanatory notes/guidance to take you through the payment process.
How secure will my information be on this Government site?
The security is such that it is capable of storing information categorised as OFFICIAL / OFFICIAL SENSITIVE, with a view to protecting against loss of data to an individual not authorised to have access. It is accredited to ISO27001: 2013. This provides you, the applicant, with assurance of your personal safety, with regards data submitted and reassures you that the infrastructure meets with the standards of the internationally acclaimed standard for information security management.
The payment portal is PCI DSS compliant suggesting the network processing the payments must operate from a secure environment that meets with the standards defined by The Payment Card Industry Data Security. In addition data is also encrypted while being submitted from your device to the Government site and rests on the infrastructure encrypted.
It is important to note that once all the relevant processes have been completed your data is securely transported via the public services network to PSNI’s highly secure infrastructure that is capable of securing data at CONFIDENTIAL levels. Once PSNI have received your data- no data will reside on the Government Network. It is managed, maintained and processed from PSNI Infrastructure in a similar way to that of the data received via the post and paper based form.