Form RCMP GRC5592 "Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the Firearms Act (For Individuals Aged 18 and Over)" - Canada

What Is Form RC5592?

Form RCMP 5592, Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the Firearms Act, is a formal statement Canadian residents must submit to receive a license to possess a firearm, replace an existing license that is no longer valid, or request a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for another gun.

Alternate Name:

  • PAL Application Form.

This document was issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on October 1, 2020, with all previous editions obsolete. You can find a fillable RCMP Form 5592 through the link below.

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PAL Application Form Instructions

Follow these steps to prepare the PAL Application Form:

  1. Choose your preferred language and select the license you require - this might be your initial filing, you can apply to renew the license, obtain a different privilege, or exchange a minor's license for a PAL. Specify the guns you own and plan to own in the next five years.
  2. Provide your personal details - full name and other names you have used, date and place of birth, gender, eye color, height. Prove your identity by describing your identification document and enter your contact information.
  3. Answer questions about your personal history during the last five years - have you been charged or convicted with an offense, prohibited from possessing guns, or experienced emotional issues. Check the box if you have experienced a breakdown of a relationship, unemployment, or bankruptcy in the last two years.
  4. Provide information about your current and former conjugal partners - their names, dates of birth, and addresses. Note that they must sign the application as well.
  5. Confirm you have passed the appropriate safety training required for all gun owners.
  6. Record information about two people who can vouch for the accuracy of the information in this document and find a photo guarantor - a person who can confirm the picture you attach to the form identifies you. All these people must provide their signatures as well.
  7. Indicate the preferred method of payment and list your credit card information to facilitate the withdrawal of fees. Certify all statements in the document are true, sign and date the form.
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Print Information Sheet
Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under
the Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
Ce formulaire est disponible en français.
The following information explains certain parts of the form and
Before you Start…
will help you answer some of the questions. You should read the
The fee to apply for a firearms licence will be increasing
instructions as you fill in your form. If you are still unsure about a
annually. Please refer to Section J - Fees, for the applicable fee
question, call 1 800 731-4000 for assistance.
associated with your firearms licence application.
Mail your completed application form and all attachments to:
Please note that individuals that currently possess firearms or intend
to purchase firearms and/or ammunition must have a valid
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
firearms licence.
P.O. Box 1200
Miramichi NB E1N 5Z3
Use this form if you are an individual aged 18 and over to apply:
for a first time licence;
A - Licence Information
for a new licence if your current licence has expired;
Box 2 b)
for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for a different
class of firearm.
Note: The licence issued to you and fees are based on the firearms
Do not use this form to apply to renew your firearms licence if it is
you currently possess and the firearms you intend to acquire
still valid. You can now renew your licence on the Internet by
and possess; or the class of firearms licence you wish to obtain (e.g.
accessing the link "Web Services for Individuals" on the main page of
for target practice or for employment).
our Web
site. If you wish to renew using a paper application, you
can request the form "Application for Renewal of a Firearms
In general, you cannot request possession and acquisition of
Licence" (RCMP GRC 5614) by calling 1 800 731-4000 or by
prohibited firearms unless you already lawfully possess a
downloading it from
our Web
site.
prohibited firearm.
Please note:
If you are applying for a licence to acquire a prohibited handgun
manufactured before 1946, please call 1 800 731-4000 for
You must complete all sections of the form. An incomplete
further information.
form will cause delays in processing your application.
Processing a firearms licence application involves a variety of
The following definitions may help you complete Box 2.
background checks. In some cases, in-depth investigations
are conducted.
A Non-Restricted Firearm is
Once your licence application has been fully processed and you
have met the eligibility criteria, you will be issued a Possession
an ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not described
and Acquisition Licence (PAL).
below as being restricted or prohibited.
There is a minimum 28-day waiting period for all applicants who
do not presently hold a valid firearms licence.
A Restricted Firearm is
A PAL is valid for a period of five (5) years.
a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
The application must be signed within six (6) months of mailing.
a semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length
less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited;
Safety Training - If you are applying for a Possession and
a rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by
Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted firearms, you must have
folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm (26
passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). If you are
inches);
applying for a PAL for restricted firearms, you must have passed two
safety courses: the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms
any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).
Safety Course (CRFSC). See Section G - Safety Training
Certification for further information, or call 1 800 731-4000.
If you need additional space, list all information requested on a
separate sheet of paper, add your name and licence number
(if applicable) to the top of each sheet and attach the sheet to
your application.
If you need help completing this application form or require
another form, call 1 800 731-4000. Additional information and some
application forms are also available on
our Web
site.
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Information Sheet 1 of 4
Skip to Form
Print Information Sheet
Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under
the Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
Ce formulaire est disponible en français.
The following information explains certain parts of the form and
Before you Start…
will help you answer some of the questions. You should read the
The fee to apply for a firearms licence will be increasing
instructions as you fill in your form. If you are still unsure about a
annually. Please refer to Section J - Fees, for the applicable fee
question, call 1 800 731-4000 for assistance.
associated with your firearms licence application.
Mail your completed application form and all attachments to:
Please note that individuals that currently possess firearms or intend
to purchase firearms and/or ammunition must have a valid
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
firearms licence.
P.O. Box 1200
Miramichi NB E1N 5Z3
Use this form if you are an individual aged 18 and over to apply:
for a first time licence;
A - Licence Information
for a new licence if your current licence has expired;
Box 2 b)
for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for a different
class of firearm.
Note: The licence issued to you and fees are based on the firearms
Do not use this form to apply to renew your firearms licence if it is
you currently possess and the firearms you intend to acquire
still valid. You can now renew your licence on the Internet by
and possess; or the class of firearms licence you wish to obtain (e.g.
accessing the link "Web Services for Individuals" on the main page of
for target practice or for employment).
our Web
site. If you wish to renew using a paper application, you
can request the form "Application for Renewal of a Firearms
In general, you cannot request possession and acquisition of
Licence" (RCMP GRC 5614) by calling 1 800 731-4000 or by
prohibited firearms unless you already lawfully possess a
downloading it from
our Web
site.
prohibited firearm.
Please note:
If you are applying for a licence to acquire a prohibited handgun
manufactured before 1946, please call 1 800 731-4000 for
You must complete all sections of the form. An incomplete
further information.
form will cause delays in processing your application.
Processing a firearms licence application involves a variety of
The following definitions may help you complete Box 2.
background checks. In some cases, in-depth investigations
are conducted.
A Non-Restricted Firearm is
Once your licence application has been fully processed and you
have met the eligibility criteria, you will be issued a Possession
an ordinary rifle, shotgun or combination gun that is not described
and Acquisition Licence (PAL).
below as being restricted or prohibited.
There is a minimum 28-day waiting period for all applicants who
do not presently hold a valid firearms licence.
A Restricted Firearm is
A PAL is valid for a period of five (5) years.
a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
The application must be signed within six (6) months of mailing.
a semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length
less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited;
Safety Training - If you are applying for a Possession and
a rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by
Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted firearms, you must have
folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm (26
passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). If you are
inches);
applying for a PAL for restricted firearms, you must have passed two
safety courses: the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms
any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).
Safety Course (CRFSC). See Section G - Safety Training
Certification for further information, or call 1 800 731-4000.
If you need additional space, list all information requested on a
separate sheet of paper, add your name and licence number
(if applicable) to the top of each sheet and attach the sheet to
your application.
If you need help completing this application form or require
another form, call 1 800 731-4000. Additional information and some
application forms are also available on
our Web
site.
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Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the
Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
A Prohibited Firearm is
Proof of Identity
Box 13 a) Type of Identification
a handgun with a barrel length of 105 mm (4.1 inches) or less;
Print the type of identification used to prove your identity. For
a handgun designed or adapted to discharge 25 or 32 calibre
example, if you use your provincial or territorial driver's licence, print
ammunition;
"Driver's licence" in Box 13 a).
a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make it less than 660
mm (26 inches) in overall length;
Examples of other types of identification you may use to prove your
identity are:
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
Federal, provincial, territorial or municipal employee
660 mm (26 inches) or more;
identification card
an automatic firearm and a converted automatic firearm;
Passport
any firearm prescribed as prohibited.
Birth certificate
Citizenship certificate
Visit
our Web site
for a list of firearms restricted or prohibited under
Permanent resident document
Criminal Code regulations.
Do not send original documents or photocopies with your
Box 3
application. Only provide the information requested.
Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms)
Home Address
Regulations that apply particularly to Aboriginal Peoples have been
Box 14 a) Street or Land Location
made under the Firearms Act. To apply under these regulations,
you must:
If you live in a rural area and do not have an address with a street
number and name, provide your rural address (for example: lot and
Be an Indian, an Inuit, a Métis or beneficiary under a land claims
concession number). If you live on a reserve, provide the reserve
agreement referred to in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;
number, or if you live in an Inuit community, provide your house
Be a member of an Aboriginal community; and
number, box number or lot number. If your legal land location is
unavailable, please provide a general description of your home location
Engage in the traditional hunting practices of that
e.g. 2 km east of route 6.
Aboriginal community.
C - Personal History
If you are applying under these Regulations and require a form, call
1 800 731-4000 for further information and ask for an "Aboriginal
All questions in Section C - Personal History must be answered by
Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms)
the applicant.
Application" (RCMP GRC 5642).
New Canadian Residents
B - Personal Information
If you have been a resident of Canada for less than 5 years, you must
Boxes 5 a), b) and c)
obtain a letter of good conduct issued by the local or state police of
Please do not use initials or nicknames. Your last, first and middle
your previous country of residence.
name must be written in full. Junior (Jr.) or Senior (Sr.) can only be
used if they form part of your legal name. If Junior (Jr.) or Senior (Sr.)
Non-Residents of Canada
form part of your legal name, please provide a photocopy of an official
piece of documentation issued by a municipal, provincial or federal
If you are a non-resident of Canada, you must obtain a letter of good
government that bears your full name.
conduct issued by your local or state police.
Box 6
Letter of Good Conduct Required for New Canadian
Residents and Non-Residents of Canada Only
If you have changed your name several times, please indicate the
most recent previous name on the form and list all other previously
A letter of good conduct must be written in the English or French
used names on a separate sheet. Return this sheet with your
language on the police department's official letterhead paper. Please
completed application.
attach the letter to your application form.
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Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the
Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
You must provide a current photograph of yourself. Your guarantor
E and F - Information About Current and Former
must sign his or her name on the enclosed photo sticker. Refer to the
Conjugal Partners
Photo Instructions section for more details.
Conjugal partner includes spouses and common law partners and all
J - Fees
other persons with whom you live or have lived in a similar relationship
within the last 2 years.
The fee required is determined by the class of firearms you possess or
intend to acquire and by the date that your application is received by
A spouse is a person to whom you are legally married. A common-law
the Canadian Firearms Program. Please note that as per the Service
partner is a person who is cohabiting with you in a conjugal
Fees Act, fees will change annually on March 31.
relationship, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year.
Non-restricted $61.32
Effective March 31, 2020
Boxes 18 and 19
Restricted or prohibited $81.76
Non-restricted $62.55
The signatures of your current or former conjugal partners are not
Effective March 31, 2021
Restricted or prohibited $83.40
legally required. However, if their signatures are not provided, the
Chief Firearms Officer has a duty to notify them of your application for
For more information on the increase to fees associated with a
a firearms licence.
firearms licence application, please refer to
our Web
site.
G - Safety Training Certification
Indicate the method of payment. Do not send cash. Make cheque or
money order payable to Receiver General for Canada. If you are a
Box 20 a)
non-resident of Canada, please make your fee payable in Canadian
dollars. The fee is non-refundable.
To get a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for non-restricted
firearms, you must have passed the Canadian Firearms Safety
Please note: If paying by personal cheque, allow a minimum of ten
Course (CFSC). Complete Box 20 a) if this applies to you.
(10) business days for bank clearance. Administrative fees and any
applicable interest will be applied to all dishonoured payments.
Box 20 b)
To get a Possession and Acquisition Licence for restricted or
Sustenance Hunters
prohibited firearms, you must have passed two safety courses: the
You may not be required to pay the fee for a licence for non-restricted
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian
firearms if you need the firearms to hunt or trap in order to sustain
Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC). Complete Box 20 b) if
yourself or your family. Only the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) of your
this applies to you. Note: If you passed the CFSC before February 1,
province or territory can make this determination. Contact the CFO for
1999 you are considered to have met both these requirements.
further information. This fee waiver does not apply to restricted or
prohibited firearms.
If you have your Canadian Firearms Safety Course Report, provide a
photocopy of this document with your application.
By checking the box for the fee waiver on the application, you may be
contacted by the CFO. The processing of your application will
Box 20 c)
be delayed.
In the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec only, many hunter safety or
Checklist
similar courses taken prior to 1995 were approved as being equal to
the CFSC requirement. If this applies to you, complete Box 20 c),
Before mailing your application, have you...
including the name of the course. If you are unsure, call
answered all relevant questions?
1 800 731-4000.
obtained all necessary signatures?
Chief Firearms Officers have the authority to alternatively certify that
enclosed the applicable fee?
you meet the requirements regarding the safe handling and use of
firearms and the laws relating to firearms. To qualify for alternative
attached your photo with the signed sticker on the back?
certification, you must have been in continuous possession of a
attached a copy of your safety course report (if you have it)?
firearm since January 1, 1979. If you have proof that you were
alternately certified, check yes in Box 20 c) and provide a photocopy
attached a separate sheet of paper with additional information
of it with your application.
if necessary?
signed and dated the declaration?
I - Photo Guarantor
enclosed your completed application and any additional
information in the envelope provided?
A photo guarantor is a person who confirms that the photograph you
supply accurately identifies you. Your photo guarantor must have
known you for at least one (1) year and must be at least 18 years old.
Your spouse or your common-law or other conjugal partner or one of
your references can be your guarantor.
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Information Sheet: Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence Under the
Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18 and Over)
Photo Instructions
Label Instructions
You are not required to submit a passport type photograph or a photograph that has been
Print your name and your guarantor's
taken by a professional photographer. However your photograph must meet the
name on the label.
following criteria:
Have your guarantor sign it and
Show a full front view of your head and shoulders.
complete the Photo Guarantor section of
your application.
Use a plain, contrasting background without shadows.
Cut and affix the label to the back of
Do not wear a hat or sunglasses. Your eyes should be
your photograph.
clearly visible and should not appear to be red.
Enclose the photograph with
The photo should have been taken within the last
your application.
twelve (12) months.
Size: the photo should be no larger than 45 mm x 57
mm (1 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in.). Your head in the photograph
must be at least 30 mm (1 3/16 in.) high.
The photo must be original, not taken from an
existing photo.
Digitally produced photos are acceptable provided all
other requirements are met.
Cut the photograph to fit the size requirements
before sending it to us.
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Application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence
For Administrative Use
Under the Firearms Act (for Individuals Aged 18
and Over)
Attention: Read the Information Sheet for explanations. Mark the box to indicate your answers (where required). Print clearly in blue or black ink.
I would like to receive all information in
English
French
A - Licence Information
1. Select the situation that applies and, if applicable, provide the licence number where indicated.
I have never had a firearms licence.
I have an expired firearms licence.
Expired Firearms Licence Number:
I have a firearms licence and I request a different privilege.
Current Firearms Licence Number:
I have a Minor's Licence and I request a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). Current Minor's Licence Number:
2. a) If you are licensed, indicate the class of firearms you now possess. Check all that apply.
Non-Restricted
Restricted
Prohibited
I do not possess any firearms
2. b) Indicate the class of firearms you wish to acquire and possess in the next five (5) years. Check all that apply.
Non-Restricted
Restricted
Prohibited (refer to Information Sheet)
3. Are you applying under the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms)? (refer to Information Sheet)
Form RCMP 5642 attached
No
Yes. Attach form RCMP GRC 5642
4. If you are not a resident of Canada, in which province or territory will you be using your firearms the most when in Canada?
B - Personal Information
Please do not use initials or nicknames.
5. a) Last Name
5. b) First Name
5. c) Middle Name
6. a) Have you ever changed your name (including by marriage)?
No
Yes. If selected, provide previous name in boxes 6 b) and 6 c). (attach a separate sheet, if necessary.)
6. b) Previous Last Name
6. c) Previous First Name
7. a) Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd)
7. b) Place of Birth (City/Province/Territory/State)
7. c) Country
8. Gender
9. Eye Colour
10. Height
cm
7. d) If you were born outside Canada, in what
year were you admitted to Canada? (yyyy)
Male
Female
ft - in
Contact Information
11. a) Daytime Telephone Number
Extension 11. b) Evening Telephone Number
Extension 12. E-mail Address (if applicable)
Proof of Identity
You must provide the following information about one (1) piece of identification that was issued by a federal, provincial, territorial, regional or municipal
government. The identification must have a number (refer to Information Sheet). Note that by providing this information you authorize the Canadian Firearms
Program to verify the details with the issuing agency.
13. a) Type of Identification
13. b) Issuing Government
13. c) Identification Number
Home Address
You must provide the physical location where you live.
14. a) Street or Land Location
14. b) Apt./Unit
14. c) City
14. d) Province/Territory
14. e) Country
14. f) Postal Code
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