Authorization to transport
You do not need an Authorization to Transport (ATT) for any firearms that a licensed carrier ships on your behalf.
If you are transporting the firearms personally, the following information applies.
You do not need an Authorization to Transport for non-restricted firearms that you transport yourself.
Restricted or prohibited firearms
Changes to automatic Authorizations to Transport restricted and prohibited firearms were brought into force on July 7, 2021. This change now requires licenced owners of registered firearms to obtain an Authorizations to Transport from the provincial or territorial Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) in order to transport a restricted or prohibited firearm to any place other than to:
- an approved shooting club or shooting range within the owner's province of residence, or
- to the firearm's place of storage after purchase.
You need to obtain an Authorization to Transport from the provincial or territorial Chief Firearms Officer:
- if you own a restricted or prohibited firearm and are moving to a new address
- if you are transporting a restricted or prohibited firearm within Canada
Contact a Chief Firearms Officer of:
- the province where the firearm is located, or
- the entry point of the firearm into Canada
To apply for an Authorization to Transport,
- you must have a valid Canadian firearms licence that permits you to have that class of firearm;
- apply for an Authorization to Transport online by accessing the Individual Web Services;
- call the Canadian Firearms Program CFP at 1-800-731-4000; or
- send an Application for an Authorization to Transport Restricted Firearms and Prohibited Firearms (form RCMP 5490) to the Canadian Firearms Program of the province/territory where the firearm is located.
If you are not a Canadian resident, and you are using a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration to bring a restricted firearm into Canada, contact the Chief Firearms Officer of the entry point in advance to apply for an Authorization to Transport.
Use Canada Post's most secure method to send the following firearms from one Canadian location to another:
- non-restricted firearms
- restricted firearms
- prohibited handguns
This method requires a signature upon delivery.
An individual or a licensed carrier company must ship all other types of prohibited firearms, as well as any firearms that are going across the Canadian border. Firearms must be shipped unloaded and in a safe and secure way to prevent loss, theft, or accidents.
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