B.C. Resident Hunting Credentials

Resident hunting credentials provide proof that you are qualified to hunt in British Columbia. They are displayed on your Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID).

Applying for Credentials

Sign in to the BC Hunting online service to apply for hunting credentials.

If you have applied for hunting credentials, you will receive an email notification within three business days of applying, which will direct you to log into BC Hunting and check your Fish & Wildlife profile page. Click on Profile Options to view the status of your Transaction. If your credentials application has been approved, your FWID number will be displayed in your profile and your B.C. Resident and Hunting credentials will show as Active.

Please note that if you apply online, it can take up to three business days to process your credentials application.

Requirements

To apply for hunting credentials, you will need the following:

  • Proof of B.C. residency
  • Proof of age (if proof of residency does not include your birth date)
  • One of the following:
    • For new hunters: Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education training or any hunter safety training course recognized under s.9(1)(b) Hunting Licensing Regulation, Wildlife Act [RSBC 1996] c. 488.
    • For persons with Status as defined in the Indian Act (Canada): Proof of Indian Status. Persons with Status as defined in the Indian Act (Canada) are not required to provide proof of hunter safety training.

You will be required to provide supporting documentation, as outlined in the following section.

B.C. Residency

Proof of B.C. residency includes:

  • B.C. driver’s licence
  • BCID
  • BC Services Card

The documentation must have an issue date at least six months prior to the day of the application.

Persons registered under the Indian Act (Canada) are not required to establish residency six months preceding the date of application.

If the issue date is within the six months preceding the date of the application, one of the following may be considered in conjunction with one of the documentation listed above. The documentation must include contact information to allow for reference checking:

  • ICBC vehicle insurance
  • A legal tenancy agreement
  • A letter from a school, confirming attendance in person

Hunters under 18 years of age can use documentation from a parent or legal guardian to prove residency.

Residency Exemption

In some cases, a hunter may not be required to be a B.C. resident to obtain their B.C. resident hunting credentials. This applies to any hunter who is:

  • Currently serving full-time in the Canadian military and who has made his or her permanent residence in B.C. for 30 consecutive days prior to applying for B.C. resident hunting credentials. Appropriate military identification and posting documentation is required.

OR

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, who attended a post-secondary institution outside of B.C., and can provide a certificate, diploma, degree or a letter from a school confirming completion of program.

OR

  • Under 18 years of age, has resided with a parent or guardian in another province and returns to B.C. to reside with another parent or guardian who is a resident.

Hunter Safety Training

Proof of hunter safety training includes:

  • Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education certificate
  • A confirmation letter from the B.C. Wildlife Federation or the Fish & Wildlife Branch
  • A document issued by a Canadian territory or province other than British Columbia, or a US state, indicating successful completion of a hunter safety training course

Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education

The Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program is designed for individuals wishing to obtain their first B.C. resident hunting licence. It is offered through a partnership agreement with the Provincial Government and the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF).

The program is useful for anyone interested in outdoor recreation, wildlife and firearms safety. The successful completion of the program is required for B.C. residents at age 18 or over who wish to obtain a B.C. Fish and Wildlife Id and hunting credentials, both are required to get a B.C resident hunting licence.

The course requires about 21 hours of self study and firearm handling practice based upon the CORE manual.

The BCWF is responsible for CORE program administration, the keeping of graduate records and the public availability of the CORE examinations through a provincial network of certified CORE examiners.

Proof of Age

If the hunter’s proof of residency does not include a date of birth, the hunter must provide proof of age, which may include any of the following:

  • Driver’s licence from another Canadian province or territory
  • ID from another Canadian province or territory
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card
  • Citizenship card

Indian Status

Proof of Indian Status, as defined in the Indian Act (Canada), includes:

  • Indian status card (expired status cards are acceptable)
  • A letter confirming status from the hunter’s Band Office or First Nations government