Uk UKARA Guide

If you want to buy an Airsoft gun in the UK without it being painted like a toy (Two-tone), then having a Ukara membership is the easiest way about it.


There is no “Airsoft licence” or “UKARA License” in Airsoft. UKARA is a database of players of whom all have a legitimate reason for purchasing a Realistic Imitation Firearms (RIF’s). These players have shown that they attend regular games at various participating game sites across the UK. Each player is registered to a specific gaming site. Game site owners keep a record of every player at every game. They also note the game dates they attend at their game site.


  • Firstly you need to be over 18 to get a Membership.
  • Complete 3 games over a 3-month minimum period at the same game site. It takes 3 months of playing to get your membership from the time of the first game.
  • Apply with the site to be added to the database. This will need 2 forms of ID and a form to be filled out in person there and then.
  • The Site will either add you to the membership or ask you to take a form to the retailer for them to add you.
  • You will receive an email with your UKARA number and your account will be flagged as Active.

This active status then allows that player to purchase Realistic Imitation Firearms (RIF’s) from any participating retailer. When you buy a gun you give the retailer their membership number. The retailer checks the number against the database and if active they can sell the RIF.

If you don’t attend games regularly then after 12 months your membership may be tagged as inactive or even expired. To renew your membership you need to play regularly at the game site you originally applied for it at.

What about Ukara Self check?

There used to be a website you could use to check your UKARA membership. This was called the UKARA self-check. Unfortunately the Ukara Self check website is no longer around. The check if your UKARA is still active, speak to the site you registered with or contact an Airsoft store and ask them to check. Ukara self-check will rise again in the future.

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