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New Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence Cards January 2023

New Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence Cards January 2023

New Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence Cards January 2023

Starting January 2023, firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) cards will have a different look, and contain enhanced security features.

Sample of the front of the new Possession and Acquisition Licence card which includes the holder's information and photo and maple leaf graphics.
Front of the new PAL card
Sample of the back of the new Possession and Acquisition Licence card which includes the holder's photo, conditions, bar code and a maple leaf graphic.
Back of the new PAL card

Three versions of the valid PAL cards will be in circulation over the next five years as the Canadian Firearms Program transitions to the new PAL card:

  • standard cards issued from December 1998 to May 2022
  • interim cards issued between May and December 2022 that do not contain a magnetic strip on the back of the card
  • new cards issued starting in January 2023

The previously issued PAL cards will remain valid until they expire. All three PAL cards contain the required identification and licensing information. By December 2027, the previously issued PAL cards should all be expired and only the new cards will be in circulation.

Sample of the front of the old Possession and Acquisition Licence card which includes the holder's information and photo.
Front of the old PAL card
Sample of the back of the old Possession and Acquisition Licence card which includes conditions, bar code and magnetic strip.
Back of the old PAL card

If you already have a valid PAL card, no action is required on your part at this time; your existing PAL card will remain valid until it expires. New PAL cards will be issued on renewal.

C.T.https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/firearms-armes-a-feu/licence-cards-permis-eng.htm

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