FAQ

WHAT IS A PAL? A (PAL) Possession and Acquisition License is required for anyone in Canada who wishes to be in possession of a firearm. whether  it is to own, borrow, purchase or inherit a non-restricted firearm. A PAL is also required to purchase ammunition. Some people believe that they only need the PAL to purchase a firearm or ammunition but you must have this license to be in possession of firearms or ammunition.

WHAT IS An RPAL?  An (RPAL) Restricted Possession and Acquisition is required for people wishing to be in possession of a restricted firearm. Whether it is to own/ purchase or acquire restricted firearms, such as handguns and some shorter barreled rifles/shotguns.Some people believe that they only need the RPAL to purchase a firearm or ammunition but you must have this license to be in possession as well.  You must pass the requirements for the non-restricted PAL before going forward to get a restricted license or RPAL.

How do I get a PAL ? before you can apply for a PAL you must first complete The Canadian Firearms Safety Course with a certified instructor and pass the exams.

How do I get an RPAL? before you can apply for an RPAL you must first meet the qualification for a PAL.(see above) then you must complete The Restricted Canadian Firearms Safety course with a certified instructor and pass the exams.

Can I purchase or be in possession of firearms and ammunition as soon as I complete my Canadian Firearms safety Course? No. the average wait time for your license is 12 weeks. Your instructor will supply you with a completed course report (proof of completion and pass) and an application to the firearms office. You must complete the application which will include 2 references that you have known for 3 years and are over the age of 18, if you are married or common law your spouse must also sign the document. You must also submit a photograph that is less than 12 month old. and you must also have a photo guarantor that has known you for 1 year. Once you receive your license in the mail then you may purchase or be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

will my PAL expire? yes your PAL will expire in 5 yours on your birthday. The firearms office will send you a renewal notice 3 months before your birthday on the 5th year. therefore you must remember to call the firearms office and let them know if you are planning on moving. if you don’t call them your license may expire and you will be breaking the law. 1-800-731-4000

Do I need to redo the Safety training class? NO but we recommend very strongly that you keep a copy of your course report (proof of completion and pass) for your records. then if there is any questions you will always have proof.

If I physically loose my PAL or RPAL should I report it to anyone? If your license is lost or stolen you must report it. call 1-800-731-4000 as soon as you possible.

WHAT IS A POL? Previously The (POL) Possession Only License, was available for people wishing to purchase ammunition for the firearms that they already owned,  but no new firearms. As of September 02, 2015  Anyone with a valid/ current POL (current means not expired) automatically was granted PAL status without completing the classroom safety training certification. if your POL is not valid/current you will not receive the PAL Status until you take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course with a certified instructor.

DO I NEED AN FAC?   No .The FAC program was disbanded in the early 1990′s, it was a program which only involved a criminal background check, and no knowledge of firearms. It has been replaced by the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. The FAC was replaced by the PAL. or Possession and acquisition license.

DO I NEED TO REGISTER MY NON-RESTRICTED FIREARMS? NO you do not need to register your non-restricted firearms. As of April 5, 2012 the “Long Gun Registry” was abolished, this means we no longer register our non-restricted firearms. The Restricted firearms are still required to be registered.

I HAVE A MINOR’S LICENSE, WHAT DO I DO WHEN I TURN 18?

On turning 18, individuals can apply for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) by completing and submitting form RCMP 5592. This form can be filled out electronically, then printed and mailed to the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) with a photo and original signatures. Individuals who cannot download the form from the CFP web site should call 1-800-731-4000 and have one mailed to them.  Since individuals had to pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course to get their Minors’ License, they do not have to pass it again to get a PAL for non-restricted firearms. However, if they want to be licensed for restricted firearms, they will have to pass the tests for the Restricted Firearms Safety Course test before applying.

 APPLICATION IS TURNED DOWN OR IF MY LICENSE IS REVOKED, HOW DO I MAKE AN APPEAL? The matter may be referred to a provincial court judge in the jurisdiction within 30 days of receiving the notice of refusal or revocation (or by any other date allowed by the judge.) The court should be contacted for procedures on how to make a reference.

I PASSED THE CFSC TEST AND HAVE A COMPLETED COURSE REPORT (PROOF OF PASS), BUT LOST MY APPLICATION. HOW DO I GET A NEW ONE?  You can download the form via this link RCMP 5592 to the RCMP web site.

DO I NEED A WIN CARD?

The WIN is a Wildlife Identification Number. This is issued by the Alberta government and used to purchase hunting & fishing licenses and tags .PERSONS WHO DO NOT WISH TO HUNT DO NOT NEED A WIN CARD.