Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under
the Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
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for a first time licence;
for a new licence if your current licence has expired;
for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for a different
class of firearm.
Do not use this form to apply to renew your firearms licence if it is
still valid. You can now renew your licence on the Internet by
accessing the link "Web Services for Individuals" on the main page of
our Web site. If you wish to renew using a paper application, you
can request the form "Application for Renewal of a Firearms
Licence" (RCMP GRC 5614) by calling the 1 800 731-4000 or by
downloading it from our Web site.
Please note:
Safety Training - If you are applying for a Possession and
Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted firearms, you must have
passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). If you are
applying for a PAL for restricted firearms, you must have passed two
safety courses: the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms
Safety Course (CRFSC). See Section G - Safety Training
Certification for further information, or call 1 800 731-4000.
If you need additional space, list all information requested on a
separate sheet of paper, add your name and licence number
(if applicable) to the top of each sheet and attach the sheet to
your application.
If you need help completing this application form or require
another form, call 1 800 731-4000. Additional information and some
application forms are also available on our Web site.
The fee to apply for a firearms licence will be increasing
annually. Please refer to Section J - Fees, for the applicable fee
associated with your firearms licence application.
Please note that individuals that currently possess firearms or intend
to purchase firearms and/or ammunition must have a valid
firearms licence.
Use this form if you are an individual aged 18 and over to apply:
You must complete all sections of the form. An incomplete
form will cause delays in processing your application.
Processing a firearms licence application involves a variety of
background checks. In some cases, in-depth investigations
are conducted.
Once your licence application has been fully processed and you
have met the eligibility criteria, you will be issued a Possession
and Acquisition Licence (PAL).
There is a minimum 28-day waiting period for all applicants who
do not presently hold a valid firearms licence.
A PAL is valid for a period of five (5) years.
The application must be signed within six (6) months of mailing.
The following information explains certain parts of the form and
will help you answer some of the questions. You should read the
instructions as you fill in your form. If you are still unsure about a
question, call 1 800 731-4000 for assistance.
Mail your completed application form and all attachments to:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
P.O. Box 1200
Miramichi NB E1N 5Z3
A - Licence Information
Box 2 b)
Note: The licence issued to you and fees are based on the firearms
you currently possess and the firearms you intend to acquire
and possess; or the class of firearms licence you wish to obtain (e.g.
for target practice or for employment).
In general, you cannot request possession and acquisition of
prohibited firearms unless you already lawfully possess a
prohibited firearm.
If you are applying for a licence to acquire a prohibited handgun
manufactured before 1946, please call 1 800 731-4000 for
further information.
The following definitions may help you complete Box 2.
A Non-Restricted Firearm is
an ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not described
below as being restricted or prohibited.
A Restricted Firearm is
a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
a semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length
less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited;
a rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by
folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm (26
inches);
any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).
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Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the
Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
A Prohibited Firearm is
a handgun with a barrel length of 105 mm (4.1 inches) or less;
a handgun designed or adapted to discharge 25 or 32 calibre
ammunition;
a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make it less than 660
mm (26 inches) in overall length;
a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make the barrel length
less than 457 mm (18 inches) where the overall firearm length is
660 mm (26 inches) or more;
an automatic firearm and a converted automatic firearm;
any firearm prescribed as prohibited.
Visit our Web site for a list of firearms restricted or prohibited under
Criminal Code regulations.
Box 3
Be an Indian, an Inuit, a Métis or beneficiary under a land claims
agreement referred to in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;
Be a member of an Aboriginal community; and
Engage in the traditional hunting practices of that
Aboriginal community.
If you are applying under these Regulations and require a form, call
1 800 731-4000 for further information and ask for an "Aboriginal
Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms)
Application" (RCMP GRC 5642).
Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms)
Regulations that apply particularly to Aboriginal Peoples have been
made under the Firearms Act. To apply under these regulations,
you must:
B - Personal Information
Boxes 5 a), b) and c)
Please do not use initials or nicknames. Your last, first and middle
name must be written in full. Junior (Jr.) or Senior (Sr.) can only be
used if they form part of your legal name. If Junior (Jr.) or Senior (Sr.)
form part of your legal name, please provide a photocopy of an official
piece of documentation issued by a municipal, provincial or federal
government that bears your full name.
Box 6
If you have changed your name several times, please indicate the
most recent previous name on the form and list all other previously
used names on a separate sheet. Return this sheet with your
completed application.
Proof of Identity
Box 13 a) Type of Identification
Print the type of identification used to prove your identity. For
example, if you use your provincial or territorial driver's licence, print
"Driver's licence" in Box 13 a).
Examples of other types of identification you may use to prove your
identity are:
Federal, provincial, territorial or municipal employee
identification card
Passport
Birth certificate
Citizenship certificate
Permanent resident document
Do not send original documents or photocopies with your
application. Only provide the information requested.
Home Address
Box 14 a) Street or Land Location
If you live in a rural area and do not have an address with a street
number and name, provide your rural address (for example: lot and
concession number). If you live on a reserve, provide the reserve
number, or if you live in an Inuit community, provide your house
number, box number or lot number. If your legal land location is
unavailable, please provide a general description of your home location
e.g. 2 km east of route 6.
C - Personal History
All questions in Section C - Personal History must be answered by
the applicant.
New Canadian Residents
If you have been a resident of Canada for less than 5 years, you must
obtain a letter of good conduct issued by the local or state police of
your previous country of residence.
Non-Residents of Canada
If you are a non-resident of Canada, you must obtain a letter of good
conduct issued by your local or state police.
Letter of Good Conduct Required for New Canadian
Residents and Non-Residents of Canada Only
A letter of good conduct must be written in the English or French
language on the police department's official letterhead paper. Please
attach the letter to your application form.
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Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the
Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
Boxes 18 and 19
The signatures of your current or former conjugal partners are not
legally required. However, if their signatures are not provided, the
Chief Firearms Officer has a duty to notify them of your application for
a firearms licence.
Conjugal partner includes spouses and common law partners and all
other persons with whom you live or have lived in a similar relationship
within the last 2 years.
A spouse is a person to whom you are legally married. A common-law
partner is a person who is cohabiting with you in a conjugal
relationship, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year.
E and F - Information About Current and Former
Conjugal Partners
G - Safety Training Certification
Box 20 a)
To get a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted
firearms, you must have passed the Canadian Firearms Safety
Course (CFSC). Complete Box 20 a) if this applies to you.
To get a Possession and Acquisition Licence for restricted or
prohibited firearms, you must have passed two safety courses: the
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian
Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC). Complete Box 20 b) if
this applies to you. Note: If you passed the CFSC before February 1,
1999 you are considered to have met both these requirements.
If you have your Canadian Firearms Safety Course Report, provide a
photocopy of this document with your application.
Box 20 b)
In the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec only, many hunter safety or
similar courses taken prior to 1995 were approved as being equal to
the CFSC requirement. If this applies to you, complete Box 20 c),
including the name of the course. If you are unsure, call
1 800 731-4000.
Chief Firearms Officers have the authority to alternatively certify that
you meet the requirements regarding the safe handling and use of
firearms and the laws relating to firearms. To qualify for alternative
certification, you must have been in continuous possession of a
firearm since January 1, 1979. If you have proof that you were
alternately certified, check yes in Box 20 c) and provide a photocopy
of it with your application.
Box 20 c)
I - Photo Guarantor
A photo guarantor is a person who confirms that the photograph you
supply accurately identifies you. Your photo guarantor must have
known you for at least one (1) year and must be at least 18 years old.
Your spouse or your common-law or other conjugal partner or one of
your references can be your guarantor.
You must provide a current photograph of yourself. Your guarantor
must sign his or her name on the enclosed photo sticker. Refer to the
Photo Instructions section for more details.
J - Fees
You may not be required to pay the fee for a licence for non-restricted
firearms if you need the firearms to hunt or trap in order to sustain
yourself or your family. Only the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) of your
province or territory can make this determination. Contact the CFO for
further information. This fee waiver does not apply to restricted or
prohibited firearms.
By checking the box for the fee waiver on the application, you may be
contacted by the CFO. The processing of your application will
be delayed.
Sustenance Hunters
Before mailing your application, have you...
answered all relevant questions?
obtained all necessary signatures?
enclosed the applicable fee?
attached your photo with the signed sticker on the back?
attached a copy of your safety course report (if you have it)?
attached a separate sheet of paper with additional information
if necessary?
signed and dated the declaration?
enclosed your completed application and any additional
information in the envelope provided?
Checklist
The fee payable to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence
depends on the class of firearms you possess or intend to acquire and
on the date that your application is received by the Canadian
Firearms Program.
Effective March 31, 2019
Non-restricted $60
Restricted or prohibited $80
Effective March 31, 2020
Non-restricted $61.32
Restricted or prohibited $81.76
For more information on the increase to fees associated with a
firearms licence application, please refer to our Web site.
Indicate the method of payment. Do not send cash. Make cheque or
money order payable to Receiver General for Canada. If you are a
non-resident of Canada, please make your fee payable in Canadian
dollars. The fee is non-refundable.
Please note: If paying by personal cheque, allow a minimum of ten
(10) business days for bank clearance. Administrative fees and any
applicable interest will be applied to all dishonoured payments.
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Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the
Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
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Photo Instructions
You are not required to submit a passport type photograph or a photograph that has been
taken by a professional photographer. However your photograph must meet the
following criteria:
Show a full front view of your head and shoulders.
Use a plain, contrasting background without shadows.
Do not wear a hat or sunglasses. Your eyes should be
clearly visible and should not appear to be red.
The photo should have been taken within the last
twelve (12) months.
Size: the photo should be no larger than 45 mm x 57
mm (1 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in.). Your head in the photograph
must be at least 30 mm (1 3/16 in.) high.
The photo must be original, not taken from an
existing photo.
Digitally produced photos are acceptable provided all
other requirements are met.
Cut the photograph to fit the size requirements
before sending it to us.
Print your name and your guarantor's
name on the label.
Have your guarantor sign it and
complete the Photo Guarantor section of
your application.
Cut and affix the label to the back of
your photograph.
Enclose the photograph with
your application.
Label Instructions
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Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence
Under the Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18
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Attention: Read the Information Sheet for explanations. Mark the box to indicate your answers (where required). Print clearly in blue or black ink.
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A - Licence Information
2. a) If you are licensed, indicate the class of firearms you now possess. Check all that apply.
Non-Restricted Restricted Prohibited I do not possess any firearms
2. b) Indicate the class of firearms you wish to acquire and possess in the next five (5) years. Check all that apply.
Non-Restricted Restricted Prohibited (refer to Information Sheet)
3. Are you applying under the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms)? (refer to Information Sheet)
No Yes. Attach form RCMP GRC 5642
Form RCMP 5642 attached
4. If you are not a resident of Canada, in which province or territory will you be using your firearms the most when in Canada?
1. Select the situation that applies and, if applicable, provide the licence number where indicated.
I have never had a firearms licence.
I have an expired firearms licence.
I have a firearms licence and I request a different privilege.
I have a Minor's Licence and I request a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). Current Minor's Licence Number:
Current Firearms Licence Number:
Expired Firearms Licence Number:
B - Personal Information
5. a) Last Name 5. b) First Name 5. c) Middle Name
6. a) Have you ever changed your name (including by marriage)?
No Yes. If selected, provide previous name in boxes 6 b) and 6 c). (attach a separate sheet, if necessary.)
6. b) Previous Last Name 6. c) Previous First Name
7. a) Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd) 7. b) Place of birth (City/Province/Territory/State) 7. c) Country
7. d) If you were born outside Canada, in what
year were you admitted to Canada? (yyyy)
8. Gender
Male Female
9. Eye Colour 10. Height
cm
ft - in
Contact Information
11. a) Daytime Telephone Number Extension 11. b) Evening Telephone Number Extension 12. E-mail Address (if applicable)
Please do not use initials or nicknames.
Proof of Identity
You must provide the following information about one (1) piece of identification that was issued by a federal, provincial, territorial, regional or municipal
government. The identification must have a number (refer to Information Sheet). Note that by providing this information you authorize the Canadian Firearms
Program to verify the details with the issuing agency.
13. a) Type of Identification 13. b) Issuing Government 13. c) Identification Number
Home Address
14. a) Street or Land Location 14. b) Apt./Unit
14. c) City 14. d) Province/Territory 14. e) Country 14. f) Postal Code
You must provide the physical location where you live.
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Mailing Address
15. a) Street / Rural Route / PO Box Number 15. b) Apt./Unit
15. c) City 15. d) Province/Territory 15. e) Country 15. f) Postal Code
Mailing address is the same as home addressYour mailing address is the address where you receive your mail.
C - Personal History
If you answer yes to any of the questions in this section, you must provide details on a separate page. Add your name at the top of each page you attach. If
details are not provided, your application cannot be processed. A yes answer does not mean your application will be refused but it may lead to further
examination. If you have been granted a record suspension or a pardon for any offence listed in box 16 a), you are not required to disclose the offence.
16. a) During the past five (5) years, have you been charged, convicted or granted a discharge for an offence:
under the Criminal Code or the Youth Criminal Justice Act where violence was used, threatened or attempted;
(i)
involving the misuse, possession or storage of a firearm; or(ii)
involving trafficking or importing drugs or controlled substances?(iii)
Yes No
16 b) During the past five (5) years, have you been subject to a peace bond, protection order or an order under section 810 of the
Criminal Code?
Yes No
16. c) During the past five (5) years, have you or any member of your household been prohibited from possessing any firearm? Yes No
16. d) During the past five (5) years, have you threatened or attempted suicide, or have you suffered from or been diagnosed or treated by
a medical practitioner for: depression; alcohol, drug or substance abuse; behavioural problems; or emotional problems?
Yes No
16. e) During the past five (5) years, do you know if you have been reported to the police or social services for violence, threatened or
attempted violence, or other conflict in your home or elsewhere?
Yes No
16. f) During the past two (2) years, have you experienced a divorce, a separation, a breakdown of a significant relationship, job loss
or bankruptcy?
Yes No
New Canadian Residents and Non-residents, refer to Information Sheet.
D - Conjugal Status
You must answer both questions 17. a) and b) or your licence application will be delayed.
17. a) Do you currently have a spouse, common-law or other conjugal partner? No Yes. If yes, you must complete Section E.
17. b) Within the last two (2) years have you lived in a conjugal relationship other than with
the person you may have referred to in question 17. a)?
No Yes. If yes, you must complete Section F.
E - Information About Current Conjugal Partner
18. a) Last Name of Current Spouse, Common-
Law or other Conjugal Partner
18. b) First Name
18. c) Middle Name
18. d) Date of Birth
(yyyy-mm-dd)
18. e) Signature of Current Spouse, Common-Law or
other Conjugal Partner
18. g) Telephone Number Extension
When can he/she be
reached at this number?
EveningDay
18. f) Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
If the signature of your current spouse, common-law or other conjugal partner is not provided,
the Chief Firearms Officer has a duty to notify them of your application.
If you have any safety concerns about this application, please call 1 800 731-4000.
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Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under
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F - Information About Former Conjugal Partner
Provide information about your former conjugal partners. This includes any person, other than the person named in Box 18, with whom you have lived in a
conjugal relationship within the last two (2) years. If you need more space, list the information on a separate sheet of paper.
19. a) Last Name of Former Spouse, Common-Law or
other Conjugal Partner
19. b) First Name
19. c) Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd)
I declare that I do not know the current address and/or telephone number of my former spouse, common-law or other conjugal partner.
19. d) Street / Rural Route / PO Box number 19. e) Apt./Unit
19. f) City 19. g) Province/Territory 19. h) Country 19. i) Postal Code
19. j) Signature of Former Spouse, Common-Law or
other Conjugal Partner
19. l) Telephone Number Extension
When can he/she be
reached at this number?
EveningDay
19. k) Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
If you have any safety concerns about this application, please call 1 800 731-4000.
If the signature of your former spouse, common-law or other conjugal partner is not provided, the Chief Firearms Officer has a duty to notify them of
your application.
G - Safety Training Certification
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
No
Yes. If yes, please indicate the province where the course was passed,
the year completed and attach proof.
Province Year (yyyy)
20. a) Have you passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?
Proof
Attached
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
20. b) Have you passed the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course?
No
Yes. If yes, please indicate the province where the course was passed,
the date completed and attach proof.
Province Year (yyyy)
Proof
Attached
20. c) Have you been certified by the Chief Firearms Officer as meeting the safety training requirements or have you successfully completed a
course approved by the Attorney General of Manitoba or Quebec prior to 1995?
No
Yes. If yes, specify and attach proof. Specify:
Proof
Attached
Safety Training
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H - References
A reference is anyone who has known you for at least three (3) years and is at least 18 years old. However, he or she cannot be your current conjugal partner.
First Reference
21. a) Reference's Last Name 21. b) First Name 21. c) Telephone Number Extension
When can he/she be
reached at this number?
EveningDay
21. d) Street / Rural Route / PO Box number 21. e) Apt./Unit
21. f) City 21. g) Province/Territory 21. h) Country 21. i) Postal Code
If you have any safety concerns about this application, please call 1 800 731-4000.
I declare that I have known the applicant for three (3) years or more. I have read the information supplied by the applicant on this application. To the
best of my knowledge and belief, I find it to be accurate and I know of no reason why, in the interest of safety of the applicant or any other person, the
applicant should not be given a licence to possess and acquire firearms.
First Reference's Signature Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
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I - Photo Guarantor
A photo guarantor is a person who confirms that the photograph you supply accurately identifies you. Your photo guarantor must have known you for at
least one (1) year and must be at least 18 years old. Your conjugal partner or one of your references may be your photo guarantor. Your photo guarantor must
sign below and on the back of the photograph.
I declare that I have known the applicant for at least one (1) year. My name and signature on the back of the photograph confirm that the photograph accurately
identifies the applicant.
23. a) Guarantor's Last Name 23. b) First Name 23. c) Telephone Number Extension
Guarantor's Signature Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
When can he/she be
reached at this number?
EveningDay
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Second Reference
22. a) Reference's Last Name 22. b) First Name 22. c) Telephone Number Extension
When can he/she be
reached at this number?
EveningDay
22. d) Street / Rural Route / PO Box number 22. e) Apt./Unit
22. f) City 22. g) Province/Territory 22. h) Country 22. i) Postal Code
I declare that I have known the applicant for three (3) years or more. I have read the information supplied by the applicant on this application. To the
best of my knowledge and belief, I find it to be accurate and I know of no reason why, in the interest of safety of the applicant or any other person, the
applicant should not be given a licence to possess and acquire firearms.
Second Reference's Signature Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
If you have any safety concerns about this application, please call 1 800 731-4000.
J - Fees
Refer to Section J - Fees in the Information Sheet for the applicable fee associated with your firearms licence application. The fee depends on the class
of firearms you possess or intend to acquire and on the date that this application is received by the Canadian Firearms Program.
Check this box if you hunt or trap to sustain yourself or your family (refer to Information Sheet).
24. Fee Enclosed (CAN$) 25. Indicate method of payment. Do not send cash. Make cheque or money order payable to Receiver General for Canada.
Cheque Certified Cheque Money Order Visa MasterCard AMEX
If paying by credit card, complete the credit card information.
26. Credit Card Number 27. Expiry Date (mm-yy) 28. Name Appearing on Credit Card
I authorize the Canadian Firearms Program to charge to my credit card the amount shown in Box 24.
Cardholder's Signature Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
K - Applicant Declaration
It is an offence under section 106 of the Firearms Act to knowingly make a false or misleading statement, either orally or in writing, or to knowingly fail
to disclose relevant information, for the purpose of obtaining a licence.
I declare that the information provided on this form and on any attachments is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and that the photograph enclosed is
of me.
Applicant's Signature Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Information contained in this application is obtained under the authority of the Firearms Act. The information will be used to determine eligibility and
to administer and enforce the firearms legislation. In addition to the provisions outlined in the Firearms Act, individual rights regarding personal
information are governed by the applicable federal, provincial or territorial legislation relating to access to information and privacy.
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