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Individual Web Services (IWS)

The Canadian Firearms Program is pleased to offer individual clients the following online services:

What's new?

Is your firearms licence about to expire? If your licence is still valid, renew it online today. It's easy, fast and a secure way to renew - don't wait! If your licence expired on November 30, 2017, or later, you may be eligible for a six-month extension period to give you more time to renew your licence.

Signing in

IWS now uses GCKey to improve security related to your privacy and personal information.

To access Canadian Firearms Program services for individuals online you must complete a one-time sign up:

  • Step 1: register for a GCKey or Sign-in Partner Services account.

Once completed you will log into Enhanced IWS through two levels of security:

  • Step 1: log in to the Government of Canada GCKey website.
  • Step 2: log in to IWS using the personal information.

Stay up-to-date

Please be advised it is a mandatory licence condition for all firearms licence holders to notify the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program of any changes of address within 30 days.

To take advantage of online renewals be sure to update your contact information. You can update the following using IWS:

  • Confirm/update your address and phone number
  • update your email to receive timely communications from the Canadian Firearms Program

New look

You will notice a number of changes in the Enhanced IWS. First of all, IWS has a new look that matches other Government of Canada web services; this means you can now enjoy a familiar and easy to navigate web experience wherever you go for government services online. WHEREVER POSSIBLE we have attempted to keep the layout of the enhanced IWS similar to the old IWS.

Streamlined Functionality

Many of the steps to navigate IWS were reviewed and made more user-friendly. This means easier to use and requiring fewer 'clicks' to get where you are going. If you are a frequent user of the old IWS you may want to take your time using the enhanced IWS for the first time.

Why the changes?


Canadians are not immune to the threat of cyber-attacks. GCKey is the Government of Canada standard for federal departments and agencies to provide a cost effective, efficient and flexible 'electronic signature' solution for online services. You can use one login and password for all Government of Canada services without compromising the security of services and the protection of personal information.


The Government of Canada has presented all federal Departments and Agencies with the requirement to improve both the look and accessibility of web services offered to Canadians. These changes will match other Government of Canada web services allowing you to experience a familiar and easy to navigate web experience.

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.

Information for applicants

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.