FIREARMS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE PREMISES.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF AN APPLICATION FOR A
PENNSYLVANIA LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARM
DIRECTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF APPLICATION
All applications must be completed to their entirety. Do not write in the shaded area at the top of the application that says "For Use By Issuing Authority". Should a box not apply to you, enter "N/A" in that box. DO NOT sign and date the application until you are in the presence of a member of the Gun Permit Unit when you submit your application. The following is a list of common errors made by applicants when applying for a License to Carry Firearms:
Box 4 (Middle Name): Full middle name is required, no initials
Box 16 (Street Address): Enter full street address; If you also have a post office box, enter your PO box as well; This address MUST be the same as what is on your photo identification
Box 28 (Reason): Check one reason which you would like to have displayed on your License to Carry Firearms; The License covers your for all of the reasons regardless of which reason you choose
Box 7b (Place of Birth): Enter the city and state in which you were born
Box 29 (References): List two references who are 21 years of age or older and are of no relation to you; full names, mailing addresses and phone numbers are required
Box 31 (question regarding citizenship): If you are a registered alien, check "NO" and enter your country of birth, country of citizenship, and alien registration or I-94 number; You must also submit documentation proving your registration
Only applicants 21 years of age or older, residing in the county of Philadelphia, may apply for a Pennsylvania license to carry a firearm through the Philadelphia Police Department. Out of county residents must apply in their county of residence.
If you live out of state and are applying for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms, be sure to bring your driver's license from your state of residence, your license/permit to carry firearms issued by that state and proof the residency from the state you reside. If you live out of state, are not 21 years of age or older or do not possess an out-of-state license/permit to carry firearms from your resident state, you do not qualify for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms.
Applications may be picked up at the Gun Permit Unit, 660 East Erie Ave, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This Unit is Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, and from December 20th to January 3rd. Only 1 application per person. This Information can also be found at the following website: forms (click on License to Carry). (If downloaded from internet applicant must bring all paperwork, including this instruction sheet.)
Applicants must have an APPLICATION FILLED OUT COMPLETELY and APPLICABLE ITEMS LISTED BELOW or they will not be accepted. (Do not use pencil)
When completed, the entire application must be returned IN PERSON BY THE APPLICANT to the above location, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. (New applications and renewals will only be handled during this time
Also needed at this time of RENEWAL OR NEW APPLICATION:
One (1) 2” x 2” (inch) Passport Type color photo of the applicant’s head and shoulders, (NO SUNGLASSES, HATS, BANDANNAS, ETC.).
A recently purchased $20.00 money order that is valid for at least 1 year or longer is the only
form of payment that will be accepted. (Payable to “City of Philadelphia”).
FYI – A Postal money order has no expiration date.
A VALID Pennsylvania Drivers License or Non-Drivers ID, along with two (2) acceptable forms of proof of residence, all names and addresses must match. NO PO BOXES WILL BE ACCEPTED, (see below for examples).
ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE FINGERPRINTED.
Applicants, who have had a NAME CHANGE, must submit legal documents to show the name change. (i.e., Marriage License, Court Orders)
If you were previously a member of the Armed Forces, a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214) must accompany the application.
Foreign born applicants who are presently American citizens must bring either their naturalization papers or a passport
Registered aliens must have their current alien registration identification card, i.e., GREEN CARD.
Must show current or expired permits at time of application. Expired permits to carry will be retained by the Gun Permits Unit.
If all paperwork is in order, the applicant will then be interviewed by Gun Permits Unit personnel. When the interview is completed, an investigation will be conducted. All applicants will receive written notice by U.S. mail of either approval or disapproval of their application for a Pennsylvania license to carry a firearm. Upon approval the applicant has thirty (30) days to pick-up their License to Carry.
ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT FALSE STATEMENTS (WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN) WILL BE CAUSE FOR DENIAL AND MAY RESULT IN ARREST.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SAME PROCEDURES ARE APPLICABLE FOR RENEWALS.
Below are examples of, but not limited to, acceptable forms for proof of your residency:
Current Utility Bills: (within the last three months / 90 DAYS)
Phone Bill – Home/Cellular
Current Credit Card Statements
Current Bank/Student Loan Statements
Valid Vehicle Registration
Valid Vehicle Insurance Card
Voters Registration Card
JUNK MAIL IS NOT ACCEPTABLE