Resident Hunter Credentials
Residency and hunting credentials prove you're qualified to hunt in British Columbia. They're displayed on your Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID) profile.
How do I get a hunting credential?
A hunting credential on your FWID profile shows you have successfully completed hunter safety training.
To obtain this credentials you will need one of the following:
- For new hunters: Proof of hunter safety training (Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education training or equivalent).
- 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
Once you have proof of hunting safety training, you can obtain your hunting credential by:
Within three business days of applying online, you'll receive an email confirmation of your application, which will direct you to log into BC Hunting Online and check your Fish & Wildlife ID profile page. Click on Profile Options to view the status of your transaction. If your credentials application is approved, your credentials will show as Active. Credential applications made in person, if approved, will be active immediately.
Proof of hunter safety training
Proof of hunter safety training includes:
- Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education certificate
- A confirmation letter from the B.C. Wildlife Federation or the Wildlife and Habitat Branch
- A document issued by a territory or province of Canada, other than British Columbia, or a government of an international jurisdiction evidencing successful completion of a hunter safety training course.
Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education
The Conservation and 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 B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF).
The program is valuable for anyone interested in outdoor recreation, wildlife and firearms safety. The successful completion of the program is required for B.C. residents age 10 or older who wish to obtain a B.C. Fish & Wildlife ID and hunting credentials, both of which 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.
How do I get a B.C. residency credential?
Resident hunters are required to prove they are a resident of British Columbia every 3 years. This is to ensure only eligible hunters access hunting licences, permits and authorizations available to residents only.
You can obtain or update your residency credential by:
- Applying through BC Hunting Online (requires a basic BCeID)
- Contacting a FrontCounter BC office
- Visiting a retail vendor (residency renewals only and you must bring your photo BC Services Card, non-photo BC Services Card or Combined BC Driver's Licence and Services Card)
A hunter's Fish and Wildlife online profile will display the residency expiry date. If your residency credential has not yet expired, but will within six months, you can update your residency by logging into your online Fish and Wildlife profile, and selecting “Update Residency”. For step by step instructions, read How to renew your residency credential (PDF, 318 KB).
Proof of B.C. residency
Supporting documentation accepted as proof of B.C. residency include the following, with an issue date being at least six months prior to the date of the application. Please note if you are renewing your B.C. residency credential then your documentation must be valid with no restriction on the issue date:
- BC Driver's Licence
- BCID Card
- BC Services Card, non-photo BC Services Card or Combined BC Driver's Licence and Services Card
If the issue date is within the six months preceding the date of the application, one of the following may be considered along 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
Persons registered under the Indian Act (Canada) are not required to establish residency six months preceding the date of application.
Hunters under 18 years of age can use documentation from a parent or legal guardian to prove residency.
In some cases, a hunter may not be required to be a B.C. resident to obtain 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.
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, who leaves British Columbia to attend a recognized educational institution, and who returns to British Columbia on completion of studies at the institution concerned.
- 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.
Proof of age
If the hunter’s proof of residency does not include 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
- Permanent Resident card
- Citizenship card
Proof of Indian Status, as defined in the Indian Act (Canada), includes: