Form RCMP GRC5589E "Non-resident Firearm Declaration" - Canada

What Is a Canadian Firearms Declaration Form?

Form RCMP GRC 5589E, Non-Resident Firearm Declaration, is a legal document that must be completed by any visitor to Canada to bring weapons into the country. This declaration must be filled out before you arrive at the point of entry - Canada Border Services Agency office. It will serve as a registration certificate and license to have your firearm.

Alternate Name:

  • Form RCMP 5589.

This form was released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on , with all previous editions obsolete. You can download a fillable Canadian Non-Resident Firearms Declaration Form through the link below.

If you stay in Canada for a period of sixty days, you may borrow non-restricted firearms. Complete Form RCMP GRC5513E, Application for a Non-resident Temporary Borrowing Licence for Non-restricted Firearms, to apply for a temporary license. This document is used when an individual wishes to hunt, participate in a parade or historical re-enactment, or compete in shooting sports.

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How to Fill Out a Canadian Non-Resident Firearms Declaration Form?

The Canadian Non-Resident Firearms Declaration Form allows firearm owners to buy ammunition in Canada and transport up to two hundred rounds into the country with them. Follow these steps to complete Form RCMP GRC 5589E:

  1. Provide your personal details - full name, date of birth, gender, and address. State the reason for bringing firearms into Canada - hunting, competition, in transit, protection against wildlife, etc. Attach photo identification and describe it in the first section of the form.
  2. Describe the firearms you are bringing into Canada and record their destination. You are required to write down its type, make, serial number, gauge or caliber, barrel length, type of action. If your firearm is restricted (see the list of restricted firearms on the first page of the information sheet), enter the number of the authorization to transport and its expiration date. If you have to describe more than three firearms, use Form RCMP GRC5590E, Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Continuation Sheet.
  3. Confirm the information on the declaration is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, sign, and date the form. Do not sign the form until you arrive at the border - a Canadian Customs officer has to witness your signature.

The RCMP 5589E fee is $25,00 in Canadian Dollars, regardless of the number of firearms you list in the declaration. When you arrive at Customs, you must declare your firearms and provide Form RCMP GRC 5589E. Border services will make sure you have stored the firearms properly for transporting, review your documentation and verify that the firearms you have on you match those listed in the declaration.

This document will be valid only for the person who signed it and only for the weapons described. Once the declaration is confirmed, it is valid for sixty days. If you stay in Canada for more than sixty days, you have to apply to the Canada Firearms Centre to be able to still have firearms in your possession without breaking Canadian laws.

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Information Sheet: Non-Resident Firearm Declaration
Ce formulaire est disponible en français.
General Information
1. Print clearly and use a ballpoint pen.
2. Do not write in the shaded areas.
3. Read the back of the firearm declaration for more information on your rights and responsibilities under the Firearms Act.
4. If you have any questions about filling out this declaration, please call 1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA, 506 624-6626 outside
Canada and the USA, or visit
our web
site.
5. Please complete a copy of the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration and, if required, the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration - Continuation
Sheet and provide them both to the Canada Border Services Agency (or to a customs officer) upon entry into Canada.
A - Personal Information
Box 2
Print your year, month and day of birth. Example: July 1, 1960 is 1960-07-01.
Box 5 - Address Type
If you are staying in Canada for 60 days or less, provide the address of your residence outside Canada.
If you are staying in Canada for more than 60 days, provide the address of where you will be staying while in Canada.
Box 5 a)
If you don't have a street name and number, please indicate the land location of your residence by including the rural road, site, compartment,
section, lot or concession.
Boxes 6 a), b) and c)
You are required to name one piece of photo identification. It must be an official piece of identification issued by a federal, provincial (state),
territorial, regional or city government and it must have a number and bear your photograph.
B - Firearms
Box 7
Print the number of firearms you are declaring in the space provided. If you are declaring more than 3 firearms, please complete and attach a
Non-Resident Firearm Declaration - Continuation Sheet (RCMP GRC 5590). If you need a continuation sheet, you can call us at either
1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA or at 506 624-6626 outside Canada and the USA and we will send you copies. These sheets are also
available at any Canada Border Services Agency office.
If you are returning to Canada with the same firearms as those listed on this declaration form, you may use the form again. If you are returning
to Canada with different firearms, you may still use the declaration form; however, please obtain and complete a new copy of the Non-Resident
Firearm Declaration - Continuation Sheet (RCMP GRC 5590) to declare the firearms you wish to import. Every time you enter Canada, the
Canada Border Services Agency will complete Section E and issue a new confirmation number.
Box 8
Indicate where your firearms will be located in Canada.
Firearm Box a)
Indicate the type of firearm.
If you have a combination gun, you must provide the gauge and calibre. If none of the types mentioned fit, please check Other and specify. An
example is a firearm design that uses a spring, compressed air or gas to propel projectiles at a speed over 152.4 m/s, (500 ft./sec.) and at a
muzzle energy exceeding 5.7 joules (4.2 foot pounds).
Firearm Definitions
A Non-Restricted Firearm is:
An ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not described below as being restricted or prohibited.
A Restricted Firearm is:
A handgun that is not a prohibited firearm.
A semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited.
A rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm
(26 inches).
Any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).
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Skip to form
Print instructions
Information Sheet: Non-Resident Firearm Declaration
Ce formulaire est disponible en français.
General Information
1. Print clearly and use a ballpoint pen.
2. Do not write in the shaded areas.
3. Read the back of the firearm declaration for more information on your rights and responsibilities under the Firearms Act.
4. If you have any questions about filling out this declaration, please call 1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA, 506 624-6626 outside
Canada and the USA, or visit
our web
site.
5. Please complete a copy of the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration and, if required, the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration - Continuation
Sheet and provide them both to the Canada Border Services Agency (or to a customs officer) upon entry into Canada.
A - Personal Information
Box 2
Print your year, month and day of birth. Example: July 1, 1960 is 1960-07-01.
Box 5 - Address Type
If you are staying in Canada for 60 days or less, provide the address of your residence outside Canada.
If you are staying in Canada for more than 60 days, provide the address of where you will be staying while in Canada.
Box 5 a)
If you don't have a street name and number, please indicate the land location of your residence by including the rural road, site, compartment,
section, lot or concession.
Boxes 6 a), b) and c)
You are required to name one piece of photo identification. It must be an official piece of identification issued by a federal, provincial (state),
territorial, regional or city government and it must have a number and bear your photograph.
B - Firearms
Box 7
Print the number of firearms you are declaring in the space provided. If you are declaring more than 3 firearms, please complete and attach a
Non-Resident Firearm Declaration - Continuation Sheet (RCMP GRC 5590). If you need a continuation sheet, you can call us at either
1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA or at 506 624-6626 outside Canada and the USA and we will send you copies. These sheets are also
available at any Canada Border Services Agency office.
If you are returning to Canada with the same firearms as those listed on this declaration form, you may use the form again. If you are returning
to Canada with different firearms, you may still use the declaration form; however, please obtain and complete a new copy of the Non-Resident
Firearm Declaration - Continuation Sheet (RCMP GRC 5590) to declare the firearms you wish to import. Every time you enter Canada, the
Canada Border Services Agency will complete Section E and issue a new confirmation number.
Box 8
Indicate where your firearms will be located in Canada.
Firearm Box a)
Indicate the type of firearm.
If you have a combination gun, you must provide the gauge and calibre. If none of the types mentioned fit, please check Other and specify. An
example is a firearm design that uses a spring, compressed air or gas to propel projectiles at a speed over 152.4 m/s, (500 ft./sec.) and at a
muzzle energy exceeding 5.7 joules (4.2 foot pounds).
Firearm Definitions
A Non-Restricted Firearm is:
An ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not described below as being restricted or prohibited.
A Restricted Firearm is:
A handgun that is not a prohibited firearm.
A semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited.
A rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm
(26 inches).
Any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).
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A Prohibited Firearm is:
A handgun with a barrel length of 105 mm (4.1 inches) or less.
A handgun designed or adapted to discharge 25 or 32 calibre ammunition.
A rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make it less than 660 mm (26 inches) in overall length.
A rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make the barrel length less than 457 mm (18 inches) where the overall firearm length is 660 mm
(26 inches) or more.
An automatic firearm and a converted automatic firearm.
Any firearm prescribed as prohibited.
Firearm Box b)
Print the make of your firearm.
Firearm Box c)
Print the serial number of your firearm.
Firearm Box d)
Gauge/Calibre - refers to the type of ammunition the firearm uses; it is usually stamped on the barrel of the firearm.
Firearm Box e)
For firearms other than revolvers, the barrel length is the distance from the muzzle of the barrel to and including the chamber. See the
diagrams below. One way to measure the barrel length of most common long guns is to put your cleaning rod down the barrel with the action
closed. Then measure the length of the cleaning rod that fits into the barrel. The barrel length of a revolver does not include the cylinder.
Revolver barrel length is measured from the muzzle of the barrel to the breach end immediately in front of the cylinder.
Firearm Box g-h)
If you are declaring a restricted firearm, please print the number of your Authorization to Transport (ATT) and its expiration date. To find out how
to apply for an ATT, call the Canadian Firearms Program at 1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA, (506) 624-6626 outside Canada and the
USA, or visit
our web site
before you come to Canada.
C - Declaration
Read the declaration and sign with your full name.
D - Confirmation
Do not complete.
Note: Payment of the firearms confirmation fee may be made by: cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Traveller's Cheques, debit card,
and personal cheques. Personal cheques will not be accepted unless drawn on a Canadian banking establishment. Cheques should be made
payable to the Receiver General for Canada.
E - Additional Confirmation Numbers
Do not complete.
Please Note
You cannot enter Canada with a prohibited firearm. Prohibited firearms may be seized and forfeited to the Crown.
You cannot enter Canada with a restricted firearm without an ATT. To obtain an ATT prior to entering Canada, contact the Canadian Firearms Program
at 1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA or 506 624-6626 elsewhere.
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Protected A
once completed
Non-Resident Firearm Declaration
A - Personal Information
1. a) Last Name
1. b) First Name
1. c) Middle Name
2. Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd)
3. Gender
4. Provide the reason for bringing firearms into Canada
Male
Female
Hunting
Competition
In Transit
Protection against Wildlife
Other, specify
5. Address Type. If you are staying in Canada for more than 60 days, provide your address in Canada. If less than 60 days, provide your residence address
outside Canada.
5 a) Street / Land Location
5. b) Apt./Unit
5. c) City
5. d) Province/State
5. e) Country
5. f) Postal/Zip Code
6. Photo Identification (one piece required)
6. a) Type of Identification
6. b) Province / State / Country of Issue
6. c) ID No.
B - Firearms
7. Number of Firearms Imported
Continuation Sheets Attached
8. Destination of Firearms in Canada
8. a) Town
8. b) Province/Territory
Firearm 1
a) Type of Firearm:
Shotgun
Rifle
Combination Gun
Handgun
Other, specify
b) Make
c) Serial No.
d) Gauge/Calibre
e) Barrel Length
mm
in
f) Action:
Break Open
Bolt
Lever
Pump
Semi-automatic
Other, specify
g) Authorization to Transport No.
h) Expiration Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
If your firearm is restricted (see information
sheet), give the following information:
Firearm 2
a) Type of Firearm:
Shotgun
Rifle
Combination Gun
Handgun
Other, specify
b) Make
c) Serial No.
d) Gauge/Calibre
e) Barrel Length
mm
in
f) Action:
Break Open
Bolt
Lever
Pump
Semi-automatic
Other, specify
g) Authorization to Transport No.
h) Expiration Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
If your firearm is restricted (see information
sheet), give the following information:
Firearm 3
a) Type of Firearm:
Shotgun
Rifle
Combination Gun
Handgun
Other, specify
b) Make
c) Serial No.
d) Gauge/Calibre
e) Barrel Length
mm
in
f) Action:
Break Open
Bolt
Lever
Pump
Semi-automatic
Other, specify
g) Authorization to Transport No.
h) Expiration Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
If your firearm is restricted (see information
sheet), give the following information:
C - Declaration
9. I declare that the information provided on this form and any attachments is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. It is an offence under section 106 of
the Firearms Act to knowingly make a false or misleading statement, either orally or in writing, or to knowingly fail to disclose relevant information, for
the purpose of obtaining the confirmation of a document by a customs officer.
Applicant's Signature
Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
D - Confirmation
To be completed by Canada Border Services Agency or Customs Officer.
10 a) Confirmation No.
10. b) Date of Issue (yyyy-mm-dd)
10. c) Date of Expiration (yyyy-mm-dd)
11. Class of Individual
12. a) Payment - Received Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Visitor
Seasonal
Temporary
Settler
14. Customs Officer Signature
12. a) Payment - Expiration Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
13. Customs Office
E - Additional Confirmation Numbers
To be completed by Canada Border Services Agency or Customs Officer.
Issue Date
Expiration Date
Customs Officer
Confirmation No.
Badge No.
Customs Office
(yyyy-mm-dd)
(yyyy-mm-dd)
Initials
F - Distribution
Copy 1. Client - Please retain this copy
Copy 2. Customs
Copy 3. CFO
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Protected A
Non-Resident Firearm Declaration
once completed
Additional Information
1. Information in this declaration is obtained under the authority of the Firearms Act. The information will be used to determine eligibility
under the Act and to administer and enforce the firearms legislation. In addition to the provisions outlined in the Firearms Act, individual
rights regarding personal information are governed by the appropriate federal, provincial or territorial legislation governing access to
information, and/or privacy.
2. The firearm declaration may involve a variety of background checks.
3. If you are returning to Canada with the same firearms as those listed on this declaration form, you may use the form again. If you are
returning to Canada with different firearms, you may still use the declaration form; however, please obtain and complete a new copy of
the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration - Continuation Sheet (RCMP GRC 5590) to declare the firearms you wish to import. Every time
you enter Canada you will need to declare your firearms. The Canada Border Services Agency will complete Section E and issue you a
new confirmation number.
If you need a continuation sheet (RCMP GRC 5590), call us at 1 800 731-4000 in Canada and the USA, or 506 624-6626 outside
Canada and the USA, and we will send you a copy. The continuation sheets are also available at any Canada Border Services
Agency office.
4. Non-Restricted Firearms
(Ordinary rifles and shotguns)
Once this declaration has been confirmed by a customs officer, it is valid for a period of up to sixty (60) days. This confirmed declaration
is also a temporary firearms licence. If you are remaining in Canada for more than sixty (60) days, you may extend the validity of your
confirmation by calling the Canadian Firearms Program at 1 800 731-4000 and asking to be transferred to the Chief Firearms Officer
(CFO) of the province or territory where you are.
5. Restricted Firearms
Once this declaration has been confirmed by a customs officer, it is valid for up to sixty (60) days or until the expiration date of your
Authorization to Transport (ATT), whichever comes first. This confirmed declaration is also a temporary firearms licence and registration.
If you are remaining in Canada for a longer period than stated on your ATT, you must call the Canadian Firearms Program at 1 800
731-4000 and ask to be transferred to the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) of the province or territory where you are.
This declaration must be produced on demand by the bearer of the firearms listed on the declaration and/or those listed on the
attached continuation sheet.
You must also produce this document to buy or receive ammunition.
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