COVID-19 UPDATE INFORMATION
UPDATE: September 20, 2020
The Pennsylvania State Police announced that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expired on March 19, 2020 or later have been extended to December 31, 2020. The extension is necessary because some sheriff's departments have been unable to conduct the necessary background investigations for license to carry renewal applications during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
UPDATE: July 15, 2020
Wolf Administration Grants Third Extension to License to Carry Firearm Permits
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expiring on March 19, 2020 or later are now valid through September 30, 2020. The previous extension was set to expire on July 31.
The extension of license to carry permit expiration dates is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff's offices, as well as other ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
In Pennsylvania, an individual 21-years-old or older may apply for a license to carry firearms by submitting a completed application to the sheriff of the county in which they reside or, if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city. The sheriff has 45 days to investigate and determine an individual's eligibility to be issued a license, which is valid for five years.
A license to carry firearms is required to carry a firearm concealed on one's person or in a vehicle. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.
For more information on carrying a firearm in Pennsylvania, visit psp.pa.gov.
UPDATE: June 30, 2020
The Gun Permit Unit is moving towards reopening, the below changes have been implemented to keep the public and personnel safe while COVID-19 still remains a public safety issue. An opening date will be confirmed shortly and we will begin taking appointments then. Continue to check here for the latest updates.
All services provided by the Gun Permit Unit will be done by Appointment Only there will be no Walk-up service.
The Philadelphia Police Department in accordance with C.D.C.'s social distancing recommendations will be implementing the following changes to the operation of the Gun Permit Unit. These changes are necessary to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to both the public and the officers assigned. The listed regulations are subject to change at any time should there be a need to do so.
Changes to Daily Operations:
The permit application will only be accepted three (3) days a week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Limited to thirty (30) a day.
Approved applicants and those checking on the status of their application will be seen on Thursday and Friday. Limited to fifty (50) a day.
Anyone wishing to enter the Gun Permit Unit will be required to wear a face mask that covers both the mouth and nose. It is to be worn properly unless otherwise instructed or you will be asked to leave the location.
Anyone who is showing signs of illness, (i.e., cough, runny nose, etc.) will not be allowed to enter and will have to return another day.
Only five (5) applicants will be permitted to enter the building at a time. Your initials will be taken, and you will be assigned a booth to begin the application process. If you do not have all the required information at the time you enter the building, you will not be permitted to leave and reenter, you will have to return another day.
Only the applicant will be admitted into the building unless the applicant requires an interpreter. No one under the age of twenty-one (21) will be permitted to enter, do not bring your children.
Pick-up/Status Checks Processing:
Only five (5) people will be permitted to enter the building at a time. Your initials will be taken, and you will be directed to a seat, do not move the seats from where they are stationed. You must have one of the following items: Pick-up Letter, Status Check Slip, and/or your State ID. If you do not have at least one (1) of these you will be asked to leave, once you leave you will not be permitted to reenter, you will have to return another day.
Cleaning and Disinfecting:
After each group of five (5) leaves the building all areas that were contacted will need to be wiped down and disinfected before the next group will be permitted to enter.
UPDATE: June 30, 2020
The Supervisors and Staff are working as quickly as possible to insure the Gun Permit Unit will be able to open to serve the public and follow the required CDC protocols. At this time the unit remains closed. You can come to this page for updates on the status of the unit.
We are looking forward to opening our doors soon.