Getting your GCKey: Step-by-Step

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  1. Type https://fishing-peche.dfo-mpo.gc.ca in your Internet browser and click the button of your preferred language.
    Image of the National Online Licensing System Welcome page
  2. Click the “Continue to GCKey” button.
    Screenshot - Choose a secure sign-in method
  3. Click the “Sign Up” button to the right of the screen.
    Screenshot - Sign in and sign up session page
  4. Click the “I accept” button to accept the terms and conditions of use.
    Screenshot - Terms and conditions of use
  5. Create your user name by selecting a combination of letters and up to seven numbers, and type it in the box.

    TIP: Write your user name down and keep it in a safe place.

    Screenshot - Create your username
  6. Create a password that:
    • is between eight and 16 characters;
    • contains at least one upper case and one lower case letter;
    • contains at least one number; and
    • does NOT contain any of the same three consecutive letters used in your username.

    TIP: Write this information down and keep it in a safe place.

  7. Type your password into the box and confirm it by typing it again in the next box. Then, click the “Continue” button.
    Screenshot - Create your password
  8. Choose a recovery question and type the answer to this question in the “Recovery Answer” box. Then, type in a memorable person and a memorable date, as well as some hints to help you remember your memorable person and memorable date.  

    TIP: Write this information down and keep it in a safe place.

    Screenshot - Create your recovery questions, answers and hints
  9. Your GCKey is now created. Click the “Continue” button to proceed to the National Online Licensing System. Screenshot - GCKey sign up complete
  10. If you have received a DFO Passcode, please refer to the “Recovering an Online Profile - Passcode Reset” Step-by-Step guide. If you are a new DFO client and you are using the system for the first time, please refer to the “Self-registration - Registering a DFO Online Profile” Step-by-Step guide for further instructions on how to set-up your online profile. If you are an existing DFO client and have lost or forgotten your GCKey Username, please refer to the “Online Profile Recovery: Recovery Number and Recovery Question” Step-by-Step guide.  

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