Before you can register a firearm for the first time, you must have it verified.

Verification confirms the identification and class of a firearm by a certified verifier. It helps with classification, integrity, completeness, and accuracy in the Canadian Firearms Information System database.

Previously registered firearms

A restricted firearm that has been registered before in Canada is already verified. It does not need to be verified again, unless the Registrar needs to confirm the description or classification.

Newly acquired firearms

A restricted firearm acquired from a Canadian source must be registered to you before you take possession. This is part of the transfer process and must take place any time a restricted or prohibited firearm changes ownership.

In most cases, you can call the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) and select the "transfer" option from the menu. Alternatively, you can use form RCMP 5492. This is a two-part form that both the person acquiring the firearm and the current owner must complete.

National Verifiers Network

The CFP coordinates the National Verifiers Network. The network:

  • authorizes new verifiers
  • handles inquiries about becoming a verifier

To become a verifier, or if you are a verifier who needs to report a change of address or phone number, contact the Firearms Verifier Network.

1-800-731-4000 ext. 1052
Firearms Verifier Network
CFP, Canadian Firearms Registry
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2


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