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Registration of firearms (individuals)

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This service will be unavailable for use on Sunday, November 17, 2019, between 9 am and 12 pm (EST) due to maintenance. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Firearms Registration Act comes into force in Quebec

The Firearms Registration Act came into force in Quebec on January 29, 2018, requiring all owners of non-restricted firearms present in the province of Quebec to register their weapons with the Firearms Registration Service (SIAF).

The following firearms are excluded from requiring registration:

  • non-restricted firearms that are present in the province for 45 days or less
  • non-restricted firearms that are entrusted to a firearms business for the purpose of having them repaired, restored, maintained or altered if the firearm owner does not have a residence or business establishment in Quebec

If you have a non-restricted firearm to register, you can apply online or download and mail in the forms. For more information, please contact SIAF customer service.

Please note that all firearms in Quebec must be registered under the province's Firearms Registration Act.

Proceed to the secure site to register firearms (IWS)

On April 5, 2012, Bill C-19, the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, came into effect. The key changes are as follows:

  • Removal of the requirement to register non-restricted firearms
  • Destruction of the existing non-restricted firearms registration records
  • Allowing the transferor of a non-restricted firearm to obtain confirmation of a transferee's firearms acquisition licence prior to the transfer being finalized

It is important to note that the new law does not change the requirement for all individuals to hold a licence in order to possess a firearm. The licensing, safety training and safe storage requirements for anyone who uses or owns a firearm continue to be in force.

The legislation also does not impact registration requirements for restricted or prohibited firearms.

Online registration services for Individuals

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

Registration of firearms

What do I need to do before using this online service?


Before individuals can register their restricted firearms, they must have a firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). If they are a non-resident and do not have a PAL, refer to the section for non-residents for other options.

Use this online service to register restricted firearms that have never been registered in Canada (for example, new imports) and to re-register firearms that were registered to an individual under the former law (prior to December 1, 1998).

Before restricted or prohibited firearms are registered, they must also be verified by an approved verifier, provided:

  • they are being registered for the first time; or,
  • they are being transferred to a new owner and have not previously been verified; or,
  • they have been modified so that their description has changed; or,
  • the Registrar requests that they be verified to confirm their description or classification.

Individuals may call 1-800-731-4000 for help to verify a firearm.

When registering online, individuals will be required to give their firearms licence number and other personal identification information. They will also need to provide the verifier's name and identification number, the date the firearm was verified, and the firearms reference table (FRT) number provided by the verifier.

Basic information for classifying a firearm

If after reviewing the following information, individuals cannot determine the class of their firearm, they should call 1-800-731-4000 and ask to speak with a firearms technician.

The three classes of firearms are:

  • Non-restricted: an ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not described as being restricted or prohibited.
  • Restricted
  • Prohibited

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

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.

Transfer of firearms using the Internet

An online service for buying and selling firearms between licensed individuals is not currently available.

DO NOT attempt to re-register an already registered firearm you have or will acquire if it is already registered to a business or individual.

To buy or sell a firearm, contact the Call Centre by phoning 1-800-731-4000.

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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.