FIREARMS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE PREMISES
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PENNSYLVANIA LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARM
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.
All applications must be completed in 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.
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 you 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.
Applications may be downloaded from the following website: (click on License to Carry).
Applicants must submit the APPLICATION FILLED OUT COMPLETELY with Signature and APPLICABLE ITEMS LISTED BELOW or they will not be accepted.
A VALID Pennsylvania Driver’s License or Non-Drivers ID, along with two (1) acceptable form of proof of residence, all names and addresses must match. NO PO BOXES WILL BE ACCEPTED, (see below for examples).
Applicants, who have had a NAME CHANGE, must attach a copy of legal documents to show the name change. (i.e., Marriage License, Court Orders)
Active Duty Military, must be stationed in Pennsylvania and submit a copy of orders verifying that you are stationed in Pennsylvania, a Valid Driver’s License or Identification Card. Must be currently living in Philadelphia County, PA., and provide proof of residents.
If you were previously a member of the Armed Forces, a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214) must be attached to the application.
Foreign-born applicants who are presently American citizens must attach a copy of either their naturalization papers or a passport
Registered aliens must attach a copy of their current alien registration identification card, i.e., GREEN CARD.
Must attach a copy of current or expired permits with the application.
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
You will receive an email notification of acceptance from the GPU if your application and documents are complete.
NOTE: If you are using a service such as STAPLES or OFFICE MAX to submit your documents ensure that you include a personal email address so that you can receive follow-up correspondence from the Gun Permit Unit.
If you are missing documents, you will be emailed a notification of an incomplete submission along with what you need to submit for your application to be accepted.
If all paperwork is in order, an investigation will be conducted. All applicants will receive a email notification of either approval or disapproval of their application for a Pennsylvania license to carry a firearm.
Upon approval, the applicant will follow instructions on the approval noticie to pick-up their License to Carry.
When picking up your approved LTC you must bring 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.
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.
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]therefore, 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).