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: www.phillypolice.com/ forms (click on License to Carry). (If downloaded from the 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

  • Electric Bill

  • Gas Bill

  • Water Bill

  • Cable/Satellite Bill

  • Current Credit Card Statements

  • Current Bank/Student Loan Statements

  • Valid Vehicle Registration

  • Valid Vehicle Insurance Card

  • Voters Registration Card

 

JUNK MAIL IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

Information for Medical Marijuana Cardholders

 

It is legal under Pennsylvania law for the holder of a validly issued patient Medical Marijuana Card to possess approved forms of medical marijuana. However, as per the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the possession of medical marijuana remains a violation of federal law, and possession of a valid Medical Marijuana Card and/or the use of medical marijuana makes you an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” who is prohibited by federal law from the purchase or acquisition, possession, or control of a firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), and 27 C.F.R. § 478.32(a)(3).

The BATFE’s position is set forth in its September 21, 2011, Open Letter to all Federal Firearms Licensees, which states in part that “[t]herefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.” Click here for a copy of the Open Letter.Opens In A New Window  Likewise, the mere possession of a Medical Marijuana Card will give rise to an inference that you are an “unlawful user of or addicted to” a controlled substance, pursuant to 27 C.F.R. § 478.11.

Therefore, it is also unlawful for you to apply for, possess or renew a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearm (LTC), because you are “[a]n individual who is prohibited from possessing or acquiring a firearm under the statutes of the United States.” (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Chapter 18, Section 6109(e)(1)(xiv).