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Registration of Firearms (individuals)

Proceed to the Secure Site to Register Firearms (IWS)

Important Notice — Regular Maintenance

This service is unavailable every Sunday between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. due to maintenance.

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

Important Notice

Until further notice, due to ongoing litigation, Quebec residents are required to register non-restricted firearms with the Canadian Firearms Program.

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.

Registration Checklist

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

Note

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

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Important Notice

RCMP Canadian Firearms Program online services are best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer ®, versions 6, 7, or 8

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 registration application should contact the CFP's Central Processing Site at 1-800-731-4000.

Individuals who are experiencing technical difficulties should contact CFP's E-Services Technical Help Desk at 1-800-731-4000 extension 1040 – Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern time) – or by e-mail.