British Columbia

Restrictions Based on Convictions: No restrictions based on convictions are mentioned but you are asked about having a record when applying for your body armor permit.

Documentation or Licensing: To legally possess body armor in British Columbia, you generally require a permit.

  • If you do not already have your license please apply here before making your purchase with us.
  • Exceptions include individuals with exemptions:
    • Private investigator, armored car guard, security consultant; security guard, or body armor salesperson with a valid B.C. security worker license
    • Peace officer, sheriff, correctional officer or conservation officer
    • Government employee and wearing armor is required or allowed in your job
    • Security guard registered as a gaming worker under the Gaming Control Act
    • You may also possess body armor without a permit if you hold a valid firearms license issued under the Firearms Act (Canada).

Where to Purchase: Can be purchased from authorized dealers, retailers, or online suppliers.

Official Government Source: The official website of the province of British Columbia


Additional notes:

A business that sells body armour to an individual without a permit may face a fine up to $100,000 and its controlling members could face up to six months in jail. If you possess body armour without a permit you could face a fine up to $10,000 and six months in jail. Police can seize body armour that is sold or possessed without a permit.

This does not apply for sellers outside of British Columbia based on our enquiry with the provincial government. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have a license.


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