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Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

Information for individuals and companies that want to be licensed to use fireworks in Massachusetts.

DFS Licensing

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For Boiler and Pressure Vessel Licensing call (978) 567-3780

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What you need for Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

Individuals using fireworks in Massachusetts must have a fireworks license (pyrotechnic certificate of competency). The license is valid for 2 years.

Individuals using special effects in Massachusetts must have a special effects license (certificate of competency). The license is valid for 2 years.

Companies using fireworks or special effects must have a pyrotechnics user certificate and a permit to transport fireworks.

 

Fees for Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

Name Fee Unit
Fireworks license $40 each
Fireworks license renewal $20 each
Special effects license $40 each
Special effects license renewal $20 each

How to apply Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

Completed applications for fireworks or special effects licenses or pyrotechnic user certificate must be mailed, with payment where applicable to:

Department of Fire Services
P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775
Attn: Licensing

Next steps for Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

  1. Apply for a pyrotechnic user's certificate (companies)

    Companies that work with fireworks in Massachusetts must have a pyrotechnic user's certificate.

    Completed applications must include:

    • A legible copy of your current ATF license/permit or extension letter.
    • A copy of your ATF notice of clearance listing responsible person(s) and employee possessors.
    • Evidence of valid liability insurance coverage in the form of a certificate issued by the insurance agency listing the name and claims representative, providing general liability in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 aggregate coverage.
    • Your insurance company must be licensed by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.
    • It is the responsibility of the applicant/licensed company to advise the Office of the State Fire Marshal, in writing, at the time that a cancellation notice has been issued by your insurance company.
    • Evidence of a valid fireworks bond with a minimum amount of $15,000.00 or a “Continuation Letter” from your bond company. The continuation letter must include a “paid to” date.
    • If your certificate of insurance is not available at this time, please send the completed application and any other documents, with a note that indicates the certificate of insurance will be sent at a later date.

    Renewals should be submitted 30 days before the pyrotechnic user's certificate expires.

    There is currently no fee for an pyrotechnic user's certificate.

  2. Apply for a fireworks license (individuals)

    Complete applications include:

    • $40 check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • One (1) passport style color photograph measuring 2” x 2”
    • MA residents do not have to send photographs if they permit DFS use of their driver's license photograph from the Registry of Motor Vehicles on the application
    • A legible copy of your current driver’s license
    • Completed and notarized CORI Request form
    • Provide evidence of active employment for a period of at least three (3) years on the crew for professional fireworks displays, to encompass a minimum of ten (10) displays. This verification should be submitted as a letter signed by past or present employers, and composed on company letterhead indicating evidence of said apprenticeship.
    • Two (2) letters of reference/endorsement from other certificate holders in the state.
    • Provide evidence of satisfactory completion of a safety course within the past 12 months.
  3. Fireworks licensing exam

    You must pass the exam to become a licensed fireworks shooter in Massachusetts.  

    After we receive your complete application, you will be registered for the next exam. If the application is received after the deadline for the next exam, you will be registered for the following exam.

    Incomplete applications will be returned to you.

  4. Fireworks license renewal

    90 days before your fireworks license expires, DFS will email you (if we have a valid email on file) or mail you a renewal application.

    Return completed applications with fees at least 30 days before your license expires.

     

  5. Special effects licenses (individuals)

    Complete applications must include:

    • $40 check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • One (1) passport style color photograph measuring 2” x 2”
    • MA residents do not have to send photographs if they permit DFS use of their driver's license photograph from the Registry of Motor Vehicles on the application
    • A legible copy of your current driver’s license
    • Completed and notarized CORI Request form
    • Provide evidence of active employment for a period of at least two (2) years on the crew for professional special effects displays, to encompass a minimum of ten (10) displays. This verification should be submitted as a letter signed by past or present employer(s), and composed on company letterhead indicating evidence of said apprenticeship.
    • Two (2) letters of reference/endorsement from other certificate holders within the state.
    • Provide evidence of satisfactory completion of a safety course within the past 12 months.
  6. Special effects exam

    You must pass the exam to become a licensed special effects shooter in Massachusetts.

    After we receive your complete application, you will be registered for the next exam. If the application is received after the deadline for the next exam, you will be registered for the following exam.

    Incomplete applications will be returned to you.

  7. Special effects license renewal

    You must renew a special effects license every two years. In order to renew the license, you must pass an exam.

    We will send you an application to renew by email (if we have a valid email for you) or by mail 90 days before the expiration of your license.

    Submit the complete application and fee at least 30 days before your license expires. After we receive your complete application, you will be registered for the next exam. If the application is received after the deadline for the next exam, you will be registered for the following exam.

    Incomplete applications will be returned to you.

More info about Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

  • You must be pre-registered for all license exams. 
  • Your complete current application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. If we get your application after the deadline, you cannot take the next exam, but will be registered for the following one. 
  •  All exams start promptly at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
  • All exams are offered at both 1 State Road in Stow (park in the remote lot at the top of the hill) and at 100 Grochmal Avenue in Springfield.
  • Questions? Contact the Licensing Desk at 978-567-3700 or by email at dfs.licensing@dfs.state.ma.us.

Contact for Apply for a license to shoot fireworks or a pyrotechnic user certificate

Phone

For Boiler and Pressure Vessel Licensing call (978) 567-3780

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