Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my B.C. Resident credential expiring now?

To ensure that only B.C. residents are accessing hunting privileges available to residents only, the Province introduced a policy that requires hunters to prove residency every 3 years.

What happens when my B.C. Resident credential expires?

You will not be able to purchase hunting licences or limited entry hunting applications until you re-establish your residency.

What happens if my B.C. Resident credential expires while I am out hunting?

If your residency credential expires while you are in the field and you get checked by an Officer, you may use your B.C. identification to confirm your residency. However, you will be advised to re-establish your residency in the electronic hunting system as soon as possible.

How do I know when my B.C. Resident credential will expire?​

Your Fish and Wildlife profile shows your B.C. Resident credential expiry date. You can check the expiry date by logging on to the BC Hunting Online service, or by asking at a FrontCounter BC, Service BC, or hunting vendor location.

How do I renew my B.C. Resident credential?​

You can renew your B.C. Resident credential online using the BC Hunting online service, or in person at any Service BC or FrontCounter BC office. For help using the online system, click here for the quick reference guide.

What kind of identification do I need to renew my B.C. Resident credential?​

You will need to show your valid B.C. Driver’s Licence, B.C. ID, B.C. Services Card, or your B.C. Driver’s Licence and B.C. Services Card Combo.

How will electronic-based hunting licences work?

When you buy a licence, the licence information will be entered into your online Fish and Wildlife profile. Only species licences will continue to be paper-based. Non-species licences won’t have a paper version.

Which hunting licences are electronic?

Resident, non-resident and non-resident alien hunting licences, initiation licence, youth licence, upland game bird licence, special area licences (Gulf Islands and Fraser Valley) and guide outfitter licences.

Do I have to I buy my licences online?

No. If you don’t want to buy online, you can buy your licences at Service BC, FrontCounter BC or participating vendor locations.

How will I provide proof to a conservation officer that I have a licence?​

You must be able to produce your FWID number and photo ID upon request of an officer. Conservation officers will have access to your Fish and Wildlife profile, credentials, licences and LEH authorizations on their iPhone or in-car computer. Your species licences will also have a barcode that can be scanned, allowing the conservation officer to verify that your species licence is valid.

Will I need to carry a paper version of my electronic licence while hunting?

No. There won’t be a paper version of your electronic hunting licence. However, you must carry all of your species licences for the applicable year, including both cancelled and uncancelled species licences, while hunting, and must cancel the licence by notching it as soon as you harvest an animal.

Do I need to carry an electronic version of my licences on a phone or mobile device?​

No. The electronic-based hunting licences will be visible on your Fish and Wildlife profile, but you don’t need to have access to your profile while hunting. Conservation officers will be able to view your Fish and Wildlife profile on their mobile devices to check your credentials, licences and LEH authorizations.

Why do species licences have a paper component, when the other licences don’t?​

Each species licence is good for one harvest only. By immediately notching the paper licence after harvesting an animal, you provide proof that you have used the licence for one harvest. The licence can’t be used again.

How does a species licence get cancelled in the system after an animal is harvested?

The species licence will not be cancelled in the system. Hunters are required to notch the paper species licence to cancel it immediately following the harvest of an animal.

How can I prove that I bought a licence?

Your licences will be visible on your Fish and Wildlife profile. If you buy your licences at a vendor, Service BC or FrontCounter BC location, you’ll be given a receipt that will include each licence you bought, and the licence number. If you buy online, you can print or view your receipt at any time. You don’t need to carry this receipt when you’re hunting, but it’s proof that you have bought licences.

What are non-species licences?

Non-species licences include the resident, non-resident and non-resident alien hunting licence, special area hunting licences (Gulf Islands and Fraser Valley), initiation licence, youth licence and upland game bird licence.

Can I print any of my hunting licences?

No. Licences won’t be printable in the new online system.

How will I get my species licence if I buy it online?​

If you buy your species licence online, it will be mailed to you.

If I buy my species licences online, can I pick them up at my local vendor, or other location?

No. If you buy your species licences online, they will be mailed to you. If you want to hunt within a few days of buying your species licence, you should buy them at a vendor or at Service BC or FrontCounter BC.

If I buy a species licence at Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or a vendor, will I get it right away?

Yes.

Will I be able to buy hunting licences for my children through the BC Hunting online service?​

Yes.

Will I still have to provide an acknowledgement of responsibility when I buy a licence for a child?​

Yes, if you are buying a resident hunting licence or youth licence for a child. You don’t need to provide an acknowledgement of responsibility if you buy species licences on behalf of your child.

Are hunting licence fees going up?

No. There will be no change in licence fees.

What happens if I lose my species licence?

You can get a replacement licence at Service BC or FrontCounter BC.

How do I find out if I'm eligible for a Permit to Accompany?

A full list of eligibility requirements is available at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting.

How do I apply for my Permit to Accompany online?

You can apply online (www.gov.bc.ca/hunting) for your Permit to Accompany (you will need a valid credit card for payment), and monitor the progress of your application from any computer with internet access.

What does a Permit to Accompany cost?

The permit Fee is $55.00, including the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund surcharge, and are payable at the time of application. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been paid.

What do I need to apply?

You will need to provide information about the person(s) you will be accompanying, when you will be hunting (no more than 21 consecutive days), the Region you will be hunting in and what species you will be hunting.  Further details are available at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting.

What credentials does the person I'm accompanying need?

Anyone who wishes to buy a hunting licence in B.C. must have a Fish & Wildlife ID, with verified user status and the appropriate credentials. The non-resident/alien to be accompanied needs to self-register for a FWID and apply for credentials.  Each non-resident or non-resident alien hunter will need to provide a copy of the appropriate identity documentation:

○   Non-residents – Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status, proof of age

○   Non-resident aliens – proof of age

○   Anyone requiring a hunting credential – Proof of hunter safety training

For more information on acceptable documentation, go to www.gov.bc.ca/hunting.

How long does it take to process FWID registration requests?

It can take up to 3 days to review and approve online FWID registration requests. If you need immediate assistance, visit any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.

How long does it take to process the Permit to Accompany application?​

The target time frame for the processing of your application is 30 days from the date your application is received.

What happens after I apply?

Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete.  If necessary, you will be contacted for more information. A decision will be made on whether to issue a permit or not, and once the status of your application changes you will be notified by email to log in to your Fish and Wildlife profile.

Where do I get a copy of my approved Permit to Accompany?

 

You can download and print the permit online, or visit a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office and request a copy be printed.

How do I make changes to my approved Permit to Accompany?

You will need to contact a FrontCounter BC office and request an amendment.  A fee will be charged, and must be paid before the amendment process can continue.

How will I provide proof to a conservation officer that I have a Permit to Accompany?

You will need to produce photo ID and your FWID number upon request of an officer. Conservation officers will have access to your Fish and Wildlife profile and permit details on their mobile devices in the field or in-car computer.

Can I buy non-resident hunting and species licences online on behalf of the persons I will be accompanying?

Yes for non-resident or non-resident adults only. Before you can buy a licence for persons named on your permit, they must have a Fish & Wildlife ID and the appropriate credentials required to hunt in B.C. For youth named on a permit to accompany, a parent or guardian must first purchase the youth licence or the non-resident or non-resident alien hunting licence. A permit to accompany holder can then buy species licences on behalf of a youth named on a valid permit to accompany.

Do I have to buy licences online?

No. You can purchase non-resident licences at any FrontCounter BC or Service BC location. If you buy species licences in-person, you will receive them immediately.

If I buy the species licences online for the person(s) being accompanied, can I pick them up at an over the counter location?

No.  Species licences bought online will be mailed. You can choose to have them mailed directly to you or to a Canadian address for the person(s) being accompanied. Species licences can only be mailed to an address within Canada. Species licences will be delivered approximately within 14 days to any address in British Columbia. Delivery times outside of B.C. may take longer.

What happens after the hunt?

A completed permit to accompany report must be submitted no later than ten days after the Hunt End Date stated on the permit to accompany, regardless of whether the hunt took place or not. The permit to accompany report requests information about both hunting effort and harvest.  Royalty Fees must be paid within 30 days after the hunt end date if there was a successful harvest subject to royalties. Royalty fees are calculated and an invoice generated upon submission of the permit to accompany report. Reports and invoices are now both available on you Fish and Wildlife profile. Royalty fees for permit to accompany reports submitted through BC Hunting online can be paid using the online service, or over the counter at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office.

Starting fall 2019, the permit to accompany report can be submitted through BC Hunting Online, or over the counter at a FrontCounter BC office.

Is a paper permit to accompany report still available?

No. The permit to accompany report must now be submitted electronically through BC Hunting Online, or over the counter at a FrontCounter BC office.

Do I have to buy my licences online?

No. If you don’t want to buy your licences online, you can still buy your licences at  a Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.

Can I print any of my hunting licences?

All licences are electronic, with the exception of a species licence, which continues to have a paper version of the licence that must be carried while hunting.  Therefore, there is no need to print a licence so hunting licences are not printable by the electronic system.

Will I need to carry a paper version of my hunting licence while hunting?

You must carry all species licences obtained or held for the current year, including both cancelled and uncancelled, and cancel the species licence by notching it as soon as you harvest an animal. Otherwise, no, there won’t be a paper version of your hunting licences.

Can I print my species licence?

No. Species licences are printed on special paper and contain unique numbers. If you buy a species licence online, it will be mailed to you. If you buy the species licence at a FrontCounter BC or Service BC office you will obtain your licence immediately.

Do I need to carry an electronic version of my licences on a phone or mobile device?

No. Your electronic hunting licences will be visible on your Fish and Wildlife profile, but you don’t need to have access to your profile while hunting. You will need to produce photo ID and your FWID number upon request of an officer. Conservation officers will be able to view your Fish and Wildlife profile on their mobile devices to check your credentials and licences.

I am a non-resident or non-resident alien hunter and want to hunt small game, including upland game birds, in B.C. but do not want to hire a guide outfitter or an assistant guide employed by a guide outfitter.  Which licences do I require?

To hunt small game unaccompanied, you will need to apply for and obtain an unrestricted non-resident hunting licence or unrestricted non-resident alien hunting licence along with an upland game bird licence.

I am a non-resident or non-resident alien hunter and want to hunt migratory birds such as ducks and geese, in B.C. but do not want to hire a guide outfitter or an assistant guide employed by a guide outfitter.  Which licences do I require?

Migratory birds are regulated by the federal government and are classified as small game in B.C.  To hunt migratory birds unaccompanied, you will need to apply for and obtain an unrestricted non-resident hunting licence or unrestricted non-resident alien hunting licence along with any other federal government requirements for hunting migratory birds.

I am a non-resident or non- resident alien hunter and want to purchase an unrestricted non-resident hunting licence or unrestricted non-resident alien hunting licence, what do I need?

Starting March 1, 2018 with pre-sales of 2018/19 hunting licences, you will need to obtain a hunting credential in the BC Hunting Online system by proving successful completion of hunter safety training.

Are the fees different for an unrestricted versus restricted non-resident or non-resident alien hunting licence?

The fees for non-resident or non-resident alien hunting licences have not changed.  The fee for a non-resident hunting licence (unrestricted or restricted) is $75.00 and for a non-resident alien hunting licence (unrestricted or restricted), $180.00.

If I hold an unrestricted non-resident or non-resident alien hunting licence, am I allowed to hunt big game unaccompanied?

No, when hunting big game species in B.C., all non-resident or non-resident alien hunters must be accompanied by: a licensed guide outfitter, an assistant guide employed by a licensed guide outfitter, or a person who holds a permit to accompany the non-resident or non-resident alien hunter.

How will I provide proof to a conservation officer that I have a licence?

Conservation officers will have access to your Fish and Wildlife profile, credentials and licences on their iPhone or in-car computer. Your species licences will also have a barcode that can be scanned, allowing the conservation officer to verify that your species licence is valid.

How can I prove that I bought a licence?

Your licences will be visible on your Fish and Wildlife profile. If you buy your licences at a Service BC or a FrontCounter BC location, you’ll be given a receipt that will include each licence you bought, and the licence number. If you buy online, you can print, save or view your receipt at any time. You don’t need to carry this receipt when you’re hunting, but it’s proof that you have bought licences.

Why do species licences have a paper component, when the other licences don’t?

Each species licence is good for one harvest only. There is a legal requirement under the Wildlife Act to notch the applicable species licences immediately upon a harvest. By notching the paper licence after harvesting an animal, you provide proof of legal harvest, and the cancelled licence can’t be used again. Please note that you must carry species licences obtained or held for the current year, including both cancelled and uncancelled.

How does a species licence get cancelled in the system after an animal has been harvested?

Currently, the species licence will not be cancelled in the system. Hunters are required to notch the paper species licence to provide proof of legal harvest.

What happens if I lose my species licence?

You can get a replacement licence at Service BC or FrontCounter BC.

If I buy my species licences online, can I pick them up at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office location?

No. If you buy your species licences online, they will be mailed to you. If you want to hunt within a few days of buying your species licence, you should buy them at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office.

If I buy a species licence at Service BC or FrontCounter BC, will I get it right away?

Yes.

What are non-species licences?

Non-species licences include the resident hunting licence, the non-resident hunting licence, the non-resident alien hunting licence, special area hunting licences (Gulf Islands and Fraser Valley), initiation licence and youth licence.

Will I able to buy hunting licences for my children through the BC Hunting online service?

Yes.

Do I still have to provide a written undertaking when I buy a licence for a child?

Yes, if you are buying a non-resident or non-resident alien hunting licence (unrestricted or restricted) on behalf of a youth or youth licence for a child you will have to provide a signed written undertaking. You don’t need to provide a written undertaking if you buy species licences on behalf of your child.

What do I need to use the BC Hunting online service?

If you plan to use the BC Hunting online service (at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting), you will need the following:

○   A Basic (or Personal) BCeID to access the BC Hunting online service.

○   A Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID), with verified user status and the appropriate credentials.

If you do not already have a FWID you can register for one online at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting or at any FrontCounter BC or Service BC location.

NOTE: Many Guide Outfitters have a Business BCeID, which is used to access different business services available online through www.gov.bc.ca. Because of privacy concerns regarding individual Fish & Wildlife IDs and profiles, the Business BCeID cannot be used at this time to access the BC Hunting online service.

How do I apply for my Guide Outfitter Licence online?

You can apply online for your Guide Outfitter licence (you will need a credit card for payment), and monitor the progress of your licence application from any computer with internet access.  Your final annual quota will also be available online.

How do I find out if I am eligible for a Guide Outfitter Licence?

A full list of eligibility requirements is available at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting

Where do I get a copy of my approved Guide Outfitter Licence?

You can download and print the licence online, or visit a FrontCounter BC office and request a copy be printed.

How will I provide proof to a conservation officer that I have a valid Guide Outfitter Licence?

Conservation officers will have access to your Fish and Wildlife profile and Guide Outfitter Licence details on their mobile devices in the field or in-car computer.

How do I register my clients for a Fish & Wildlife ID?

You can register your clients for a Fish & Wildlife ID either online or at any FrontCounter BC or Service BC location.

When registering your clients for a Fish & Wildlife ID and applying for your client’s residency credential, you have the option to either provide a copy of the appropriate identity documentation for each client or attest that the client’s personal information, including legal name and residency type is correct to the best of their knowledge:

○   Residents - Proof of B.C. residency, proof of age

○   Non-residents - Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status, proof of age

○   Non-resident aliens - proof of age

For more information on acceptable documentation, go to www.gov.bc.ca/hunting.

If you are applying for a hunting credential on behalf of your client, you must provide proof of successful completion of hunter safety training.

How long does it take to process a new Client registration?

It can take up to 3 days to review and approve online FWID registration requests. If you need immediate assistance, visit any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.

Can I buy hunting licences online on behalf of my clients?

Yes. Before you can buy a licence for a client, they must have a Fish & Wildlife ID and the appropriate credentials required to hunt in B.C.

If I buy my Client's species licences online, can I pick them up at my local Service BC or FrontCounter BC office location?

No. Species licences bought online will be mailed. You can choose to have them mailed directly to you, or to another address within Canada. Species licences will be delivered approximately within 14 business days to any address in British Columbia. Delivery times outside of B.C. may take longer.

Where can I buy licences on behalf of a client that is a B.C. resident?

You can buy B.C. resident hunting and species licences online, at participating vendor locations, or at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.  If you buy species licences in-person, you will receive them immediately.

Where can I buy licences on behalf of a client that is a non-resident or non-resident alien?

You can buy non-resident or non-resident alien hunting and species licences online, at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.  If you buy species licences in-person, you will receive them immediately.

Does my Client need anything from me to buy licences themselves?

You must provide your Client with your Guide Outfitter Licence Number in order for them to purchase licences themselves, either online or in person at a FrontCounter BC or Service BC location.

How do I fix an administrative change (spelling mistake, legal name change, etc.) on my GTC?

Contact the FrontCounter BC office responsible for the primary region on the GTC.  The FrontCounter BC permit clerk can begin the amendment process.

How do I update the agent listed on the GTC?

Contact the FrontCounter BC office responsible for the primary region on the GTC.  The FrontCounter BC permit clerk can begin the amendment process.

When can I renew my GTC?

When at least 3/5 of the term on your Guiding Territory Certificate has elapsed.

How do I renew my GTC?

You can renew your GTC through the BC Hunting online service by opening your existing GTC and selecting the Renew Certificate link.

How do I notify for a change to the control of one of the corporations listed on the GTC?

You can update the GTC through the BC Hunting online service if the corporation has changed its name or the voting shareholders have changed for the corporation on the GTC.  In the BC Hunting online service, open your existing GTC and select the Corporate Change link. You will be required to pay a $500 fee.

How much does it cost to transfer a certificate?

A transfer costs $500. There is no cost to changing the agent named on a GTC.

How do I change the holder(s) listed on the GTC?

Changing the holder(s) listed on a GTC is considered a transfer of interest.  You can change the holder(s) listed on the GTC through the BC Hunting online service by opening your existing GTC and selecting the Transfer Certificate link. If you are also changing the agent for the GTC, you will need to know the Fish and Wildlife (FWID) of the agent receiving the new guiding territory.

How do I transfer the entire GTC to a new holder(s)?

You can transfer the entire GTC to a new holder(s) through the BC Hunting online service. If you are also changing the agent for the GTC, you will need to know the Fish and Wildlife (FWID) of the agent receiving the new guiding territory. In the BC Hunting online service, open your existing GTC and select the Transfer Certificate link.

How do I transfer a portion of land described on the GTC to another guiding territory?

You can request to split the land described in the metes and bounds of a GTC and transfer that land to another holder(s) through the BC Hunting online service. You will need to know the Fish and Wildlife ID of the agent(s) receiving the new guiding territory. If you split the land described on the GTC and transfer that land to another GTC that you hold you will remain the holder for both of the GTCs. Open your current GTC in the BC Hunting online service and select the Transfer Certificate link.  On step 1 of the transfer application process, select the Transfer Type as “Spatial Transfer”.

How do I receive a portion of land described on a GTC to create a new guiding territory?

You can receive a portion of land described on a GTC through the BC Hunting online service. There will be a new territory and you are the agent/holder. From your Fish and Wildlife Home page, select Apply for Guiding Territory Certificate from the left menu. On step 2 of the application process, respond Yes to the question “Is this application a result of receiving a spatial transfer?”

How to I receive a portion of land described on a GTC to amalgamate with an existing GTC?

You can amalgamate a portion of land described on a GTC that you are receiving with an adjacent GTC that you currently hold through the BC Hunting online service. From your Fish and Wildlife Home page, select Apply for Guiding Territory Certificate from the left menu. On step 2 of the application process, respond Yes to the question “Is this application a result of receiving a spatial transfer?”