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Firearms Licence Services (for individuals)

Proceed to the Secure Site to Renew Your Licence (IWS)

Our service standards to process a complete and accurate application are:

  • 45 days, including the 28-day legislated waiting period, for a licence application;
  • 30 days for a registration application.

If you have not received information concerning your application within those time frames, please call 1-800-731-4000 and one of our client representatives will check the reason for the delay.

Online Licence Services for Individuals

You may also want to check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about online services.

What do I need to do before I can check the status of my licence application online?

Licence Renewal

You will need to provide your firearms licence number and other personal identification information. Once your identity has been confirmed, you can proceed to verify the status of your application.

New Application

You will need to provide some personal information before proceeding to verify the status of your licence application. You do not need to provide a firearms licence number since one will be issued only after your application has been approved.

Renew Your Licence Online

Who Can Use the Online Service to Renew a Licence

You CANNOT renew your firearms licence online if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • You are requesting a religious exemption from providing a photograph with your licence
  • You already have a licence renewal application in progress
  • Your licence has expired prior to November 30, 2017, or is otherwise no longer valid. 
  • Your licence has reached the end of its six-month extension period.
  • Your licence is a Minor's licence

What You Should Have Prepared

Before beginning your application, make sure you have the following prepared:

  • Current spousal information (including date of birth, address and phone number)
  • Previous spousal information (including date of birth, address and phone number) if within the last two (2) years
  • Payment information (credit card)
  • Electronic (digital) version of your photo.
  • If they are available, the applicant's current or former spouse, common-law or conjugal partner may choose to sign the application electronically

Licence Photo

Online licence renewal supports attaching a digital photo. You must submit a digital image with your application. The image must be the correct file type and may be rejected at card processing if it does not meet the image requirements.

File Requirements
  • File type: Jpg or Jpeg
  • File size: Greater than 102 kb & Less than 5MB
  • Dimensions: Minimum 280 pixels wide x 370 pixels high
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (Tip: turn the camera so that it is in the 'portrait' position, not landscape.)
Image Requirements
  • Photo must be less than 12 months old
  • Show a full front view of your head and shoulders. Head centred with a clear gap around the sides and top of head, including hair
  • The background must be plain and light coloured, strong contrast between image and background, no shadows.
  • Your head, including hair, must be 2/3 of the photo. For comparison if you were submitting a hard copy photo your head in the photograph would need to be at least 30 mm (1 3/16") high; as an example, the image size could be 45 mm (1 3/4") wide by 57 mm (2 1/4") high.
    Photo Requirements
  • Make sure your picture is in focus, with no red-eye and no reflected light on the face
  • Eyes open, no hair across your face or eyes, no sunglasses or hat. Eyes must be clearly showing through glasses, with no reflection
  • Photo must not be altered in any way

Browser requirements

Important Notice

RCMP Canadian Firearms Program online services are best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer ®, version 10

Please confirm your browser settings before accessing the CFP online services.

About this service

Is my information secure?

The Canadian Firearms Information System and the associated web services use advanced security measures in order to provide secure e-commerce on the Internet. Through its secure web certificates our solution identifies a web site and encrypts communications between the browser and web server. The security solution used provides strong web security, trusted verification of the web site's identity and strong encryption during browser to web server transmission. This is based on the same technology used by numerous internet banking sites and offers a high level of security.

Individual and business clients are further protected by Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Business Identification Number (BIN) passwords to access their data. There are processes in place to detect hackers and prevent them from breaking into a user's personal information. In addition image verification security has been added to some areas of the website to enhance an already secure service.

Where do I go if I have questions?

Individuals with questions about the status of their firearm licence application or who are experiencing technical difficulties with the online service should contact the CFP's Central Processing Site.

Extension period

A six-month extension period for the five-year firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) came into force by Order in Council on November 30, 2017.

If your license expired on or after November 30, 2017, and you are within six months of its expiration date, you can renew your licence either online or by submitting a paper application (see exemptions). Information on how to renew a firearms license is available on the Canadian Firearms Program website or by calling the Program at 1-800-731-4000.