What will you need: –
- ID. A photo Copy of one of the following; Provincial Driving Licence, BC ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, PR Card.
- Passport type photo dimensions are on the Application form.
- Guarantors to sign / endorse the photograph. Someone who has known you for more than 1 year and who is over 18 years of age.
- A reference from someone who has known you for at least 3 years and who is over the age of 18. This person cannot be your spouse or partner.
- Application fee of either $60.00 for none restricted [most shotguns and hunting rifles] or $80.00 for Restricted. What’s the difference? Restricted allows you to possess and acquire handguns and restricted rifles.
- If you are applying for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted firearms, you must have passed the test for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). If you are applying for a PAL for restricted firearms, you must have passed two safety tests: the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC). These courses are simple one or two day courses followed by multiple choice question test/s. Or if you have a good knowledge of firearms and safety you can challenge the exams. The cost of these courses are; $40.00 for just the challenge exam and anything from $110 to $195.00 for the full courses.
What Will you have to do: –
- If over 18, download and complete the fillable PDF application form: – PAL over 18 app
- Licences for minors contact your provincial Chief Firearms Officer for the application form: – http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/cfo-caf/index-eng.htm
- Complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course if you want to have restricted firearms also.
- Submit your completed application along with the appropriate fees.
How long does it take: –
Normal turnaround time at the RCMP licensing center from receipt of paperwork is about 5 to 6 days. However at the moment due a current surge in applications this has temporarily extended out another 6 weeks.