Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the Firearms Act
(For Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
The following information explains certain parts of the
BEFORE YOU START...
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
USE THIS FORM if you are an individual aged 18 and over
1 800 731-4000 for assistance.
- for a first time licence,
Mail your completed application form, all attachments and
- for a new licence if your current licence has expired,
- for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for a
enclosed payment, if you are paying by cheque or money
different class of firearm,
- for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) if you
currently have a Possession Only Licence (POL).
Central Processing Site
P.O. Box 1200
DO NOT USE THIS FORM to apply to renew your still
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existing and valid firearms licence. Call 1 800 731-4000 and
ask for form "Application for Renewal of a Firearms Licence"
(RCMP GRC 5614 / CAFC 979).
A - LICENCE INFORMATION
- You must complete all sections of the form. An
Box 2 b)
incomplete form will cause delays in processing your
Note: The licence issued to you and fees are based on the
firearms you currently possess and the firearms you intend
- Processing a firearms licence application involves a variety
to acquire and possess.
of background checks. In some cases, in-depth
investigations are conducted. We require a minimum of
In general, you cannot request possession and acquisition
forty-five (45) days to process your application.
of prohibited firearms unless you already lawfully possess
- Once your licence application has been fully processed
a prohibited firearm and are changing your licence from a
and you have met the eligibility criteria, you will be issued a
Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).
Firearm Acquisition Certificate (FAC) or Possession Only
- There is a minimum 28-day waiting period for all applicants
Licence (POL) to a Possession and Acquisition Licence
who do not presently hold a valid firearms licence. A PAL
is valid for a period of five (5) years.
If you are applying for a licence to acquire a prohibited
SAFETY TRAINING If you are applying for a Possession and
handgun manufactured before 1946, please call 1 800
Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted firearms, you
731-4000 for further information.
must have passed the test for the Canadian Firearms Safety
Course (CFSC). If you are applying for a PAL for restricted
The following definitions may help you complete Box 2.
firearms, you must have passed two safety tests: the CFSC
and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
(CRFSC). See Section G for further information, or call 1 800
A Non-restricted firearm is:
- an ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not
described below as being restricted or prohibited.
IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL SPACE, list all information
requested on a separate sheet of paper, add your name and
A Restricted firearm is:
licence number (if applicable) to the top of each sheet and
- a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
attach the sheet to your application.
- a semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a
barrel length less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not
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
- a rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is
available on our Web site at
reduced by folding, telescoping or some other means to
less than 660 mm (26 inches);
- any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some
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