Everyone who owns a weapon should have it registered with the government, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A registered firearm confirms that the weapon is legally yours and has been obtained lawfully. But only in Canada, not the U.S., can you register a firearm online. Registration is the U.S. must be in written form, and in some states you must be physically present at a law enforcement agency to register a firearm.
If you're a resident of Canada obtain a firearms possession and acquisition license (PAL). Otherwise, fill out a non-resident firearms declaration sheet. These forms and instructions are available at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website.
Verify your firearm with an approved verifier. The verification process lists the classification of the firearm. To get a firearm verified call this toll-free number: 1-800-731-4000.
Write down your firearms license number, weapon serial number, verifier's name and identification number, the firearms RFT (Reference Table Number) given by the verifier, and the date the firearm was verified. You'll need all of this information to register your weapon online.
Ensure that your browser meets the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) system requirements. The registration site is protected by 128-bit "strong" encryption and is best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.x or above, or Netscape NavigatorT version 4.77 or above but doesn't support version 6.x.
Go to the secure registration website via the Royal Canadian Mounted Police site and fill out all required information and follow the instructions.
- Read the instructions carefully on the registration form. Your application may be denied or the process may be lengthened if information is filled out incorrectly.
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