How Do I apply for A Firearms Licence

What will you need: –

  1. ID. A photo Copy of one of the following; Provincial Driving Licence, BC ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, PR Card.
  2. Passport type photo dimensions are on the Application form.
  3. Guarantors to sign / endorse the photograph. Someone who has known you for more than 1 year and who is over 18 years of age.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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: –


  1. If over 18, download and complete the fillable PDF application form: – PAL over 18 app
  2. Licences for minors contact your provincial Chief Firearms Officer for the application form: –
  3. Complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course if you want to have restricted firearms also.
  4. 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.

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