Canadian Firearms License Photo

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Canada Firearms License Photo - Size & Requirements

Canadian Firearms License Photo
Width: 45 mm
Height: 57 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 32 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 10 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
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How to make a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

Canada Firearms License Photo

Do you know all the requirements for a Canadian Firearms Licence Photo? It is very important to know all of “must” and “must not” in terms of photo for Firearms Licence because if you attach an inadequate picture of yourself, your application will be rejected.

There are some photo instructions for Firearms Licence and we present them below as well as requirements for a Licence itself to help you get your document in a fast and easy way.

We provide you also with a special online photo tool which allows you to prepare your perfect photograph in a few moments.

Canadian Firearms License Photo Requirements

To be able to register any restricted or prohibited firearms you need a Firearms Licence.

To apply for the Licence you must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and attach one photo in color of yourself. The photo must be taken in the last 12 months and show a full front view of your head and shoulders. Digitally produced photos and photos taken by smartphone are acceptable if they satisfy all other requirements. It may be difficult to obtain a correct image on your own, but not with the photo service online. Try it and have your picture adequately cropped, resized and adjusted. And at the end our application will check the photograph and inform you if it is correct and ready to attach to your application.

Basic Canadian Firearms License photo rules

The photo you enclose to your Firearms Licence must be original - it means not cut off from a bigger photo. The frontal view of your head and shoulders must be seen in it. No other person, objects or shadows are allowed in the picture. You are required to use a plain, contrasting background without any patterns and posts. It can be hard to obtain, so we recommend you to use an online photo app and remove unsuitable background from your image. It takes a moment to change a wrong background into a required white and plain.

Remember that in the picture you must:

  • have your eyes visible and open
  • have your mouths closed
  • look straight at the camera
  • not tilt your head
  • not smile - have a neutral face expression

In the picture you may:

  • have your hair down
  • be dressed as you like
  • wear eyeglasses unless there are not a glare on it and it does not obscure your eyes
  • have beard

Canadian Firearms Licence photo size and composition

The required Canadian Firearms Licence photo size is: 45 x 57. In inches: 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.  You are asked to cut the photo to fit this size before sending it.

Your head in the photograph must be at least 30 mm (1 3/16″) high and be in a central position of the image. You must look straight at the camera, your head must be in the vertical axe of the picture. Neutral facial expression is required. Dress code and hairstyle are not specified.

Head covering and accessories in the Firearms Licence photo

Generally speaking you are not allowed to wear a hat, cap or other fashion head covering. You can keep it only if you wear it every day for religious reasons. But even in this case make sure that the hair covering does not obscure your face as it can make the photo rejected.

Sunglasses and tinted glasses in the photo are forbidden. You can wear your everyday eyeglasses only if they do not cover your eyes and do not give a glare.

Other accessories like massive jewellery or hair bands which can obscure the oval of your face are not allowed.

Canadian Firearms Licence photo tool

If you do not have time or willingness to go to the photo studio or photo booth but at the same time you want to be sure that your photograph meets all Canadian Firearms Licence photo requirements check out our special photo tool available online. With it you are going to be able to take a picture with your digital camera or your smartphone at a convenient time and place. You do not to be worried any more about the background, resizing or cropping because we will do it for you. And in the end, each is checked. We verify if it meets all the requirements and if it is marked as “right”, you can be sure that it will be approved.

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 What is the required size for Canadian Firearms License Photo?

The required Canadian Firearms Licence photo size is: 45 x 57. In inches: 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.

💡 Is the passport photo suitable for the Canadian Firearms Licence?

No. Standard passport photo for a Canadian passport is different than required for FL.

💡 Why do I need a Firearms Licence?

A Firearms Licence shows that the licence holder can possess and use firearms. You must not carry a firearm without this document.

Your Firearms Licence is valid 5 years and then you can renew it if you want.

This is not recommended. There are some photo instructions for firearms licence and the photograph must show your head and upper part of shoulders positioned straightly and in the center of the picture. It is much better to ask somebody for a hand or use a tripod.

No. A natural, neutral face expression is required.

Yes. It must be clear, plain, free of shadows and patterns, preferably white.

Yes. Firearms Licence Regulations allow licence applications from people whose religion prohibits them being photographed.

Absolutely! This is the quicker and the easiest way together with using an online photo app which crops, resizes and adjusts background in your photo.

You can use a Firearms License photo editor and stop worrying about checking your photo. Our technology will do it for you. We guarantee that every photo prepared with our photo tool will be approved.

About the document

What is the Firearms License in Canada?

Actually, its name is The Possession and Acquisition Licence (French: permis de possession et d'acquisition).

Canadian Firearms License is a document required if you want to possess, acquire, borrow, or acquire ammunition for a firearm anywhere in Canada. All licensing and registration are managed by the RCMP's Canadian Firearms Program (CFP), under the Deputy Commissioner Policing Support Services (PSS). You can get the license for 5 years and if you continue to possess and use a gun, you must renew it. If you do not renew your license before the expiration date, you must legally dispose of any firearms in your possession. 

Who can get the Firearms Licence?

There are more than one firearm licence categories:

  • Adult aged 18 or older Possession and Acquisition License (or P.A.L.)
  • Adult Possession Only License (or P.O.L.)
  • Minors Firearms License (under the age of 18)

The most common is the one for adults who want to have their own firearm. However, there is no requirement of citizenship or residency in Canada. Non-residents can also apply for a temporary firearms licence if they stay in Canada for fewer than 60 days.

Be aware that previous convictions for serious violent, drug or weapons offences may result in the denial of the application. 

Safety courses

The first step on the road to legal firearm ownership is the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. 

This course takes  one day and covers essential topics as:

  • basic firearms safety practices
  • operating firearm actions
  • safe handling and carry procedures
  • care of  firearms and ammunition
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner
  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of firearms.

Application for the Canadian Firearms License

In order to apply for the Adult aged license, you must fill out the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and complete your application with a passport-style photo. You also need to process a fee and submit to a criminal record check, background check and reference check. There is an obligatory waiting period (28 days) your application is being processed. The usual time of granting it does not exceed 45 days.

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