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
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
By checking the box for the fee waiver on the application, you may be
contacted by the CFO. The processing of your application will
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
signed and dated the declaration?
enclosed your completed application and any additional
information in the envelope provided?
The fee required is determined by the class of firearms you possess or
intend to acquire and by the date that your application is received by
the Canadian Firearms Program. Please note that as per the Service
Fees Act, fees will change annually on March 31.
Effective March 31, 2020
Restricted or prohibited $81.76
Effective March 31, 2021
Restricted or prohibited $83.40
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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