FIREARMS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE PREMISES
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PENNSYLVANIA LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARM
Make sure you read and follow instructions!
****There is no same day issuance of permits****
To apply for a License to Carry Firearms in Philadelphia, PA., please visit:
****We only process applications from Philadelphia residents****
Applicants should print out or write down confirmation information from Permitium.
Your Permitium order number, username, and password will be needed to access the Permitium Order Tracker.
Applicants will receive email and text (optional) correspondence through the Permitium program.
Applicants who are approved for a License to Carry a Firearm with the Permitium program will receive an email with instructions on making their appointment to pick up their LTC card.
Do not call for status. If you have received a receipt, the application will begin to be processed. You can always check status through Permitium’s Order Tracker.
Appointments to pick up your License to Carry a Firearm instructions:
bring your valid PA driver’s license or PA non-drivers ID
Make sure your driver’s license is not expired
any expired/expiring LTC permit
INPORTANT INFOMATION TO KNOW
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.
The following is a list of common errors made by applicants when applying for a License to Carry Firearms:
(Middle Name): Full middle name is required, no initials
(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
(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
(Place of Birth): Enter the city and state in which you were born
(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
(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.
A VALID Pennsylvania Driver’s License or Non-Drivers ID both Front and Back, along with one (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
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).