Apply for a firearms licence

Online service interruption

This service will be unavailable for use on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, between 5 am and 8 am Eastern time due to maintenance. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

You can apply for a firearms licence online or by mail.


The online service is open to eligible Canadian residents.

To be eligible to apply online you must
  • be a first time applicant
    • a first time applicant is someone who has never had a valid firearms licence including:
      • Minor's Licence
      • Possession and Acquisition licence (PAL)
      • Possession Only Licence (POL)
      • Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a Canadian resident
  • not be seeking a firearms licence under the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptation Regulations (Firearms)
  • not be seeking a fee waiver (including for sustenance hunters or trappers as indicated in the Firearms Act) or
  • not be seeking a photo waiver
If you are eligible and want to apply online, you must also
  • have a valid email address
  • complete safety training requirements
  • have a digital licence photo
  • have two (2) pieces of government issued identification
  • have valid email addresses for your:
    • Two references
    • Photo guarantor
    • Current conjugal partner (if applicable)
    • Former conjugal partner (if applicable)
  • have a credit card or Visa or MasterCard debit card
Apply online now

By mail

If you are not eligible to apply online, you must complete and submit an Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over) (form RCMP 5592) by mail.

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