License to carry Firearm permits extended to DEC. 31, 2020
iMPORTANT: nEW PROCEDURES
Directions to Apply and Pick-up
Make sure you read and follow each instruction!
********There is no same day issuance of permits********
Effective September 9, 2020 we have started a new on-line procedure to provide the most efficient way of processing gun permit applications. Emailed applications are no longer accepted.
To apply for a License to Carry Firearms in Montgomery County, Pa., please visit:
Applicants should print out or write down the information on their confirmation from Permitium.
Please remember to record your Permitium username and password. You will need them to reenter the system.
Applications filed through Permitium, should wait for an email to make their appointment in that system. We have had a large number of applicants in queue since this program started and are working through them as fast as we can.
You can still drop off applications at the Jury entrance, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You must have a completed application and a copy of both sides of your valid driver’s license or PennDOT ID. Incomplete applications will be rejected and only Montco residents can apply.
These drop-offs need an appointment to pick up. If the date available at drop off isn't acceptable, please call 610-278-3342 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for your appointment. Please do not leave a message. You must speak to a rep. There are thousands of people calling in
Make sure to bring your photo driver’s license or PennDOT issued ID and any expired/expiring permit with you. Make sure your driver’s license is valid and up to date as far as your address and not expired. You can go online and update the address and we will accept the printed confirmation page.
We will only be accepting checks (made out to Montgomery County Sheriff), credit cards (Visa, Master Card and Discover) and debit cards with the Visa or Master Card logo. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED! Permits are $20.00. Appointments after 4:00 p.m. have to pay with Visa, MC or Discover.
Make sure you have the Personal Protective Equipment required by the state, county and local government. Your temperature will be taken by courthouse staff. Masks are required. You will have to remove it temporarily for a photo. If this causes concern for you, you should wait until that requirement is no longer in place to come in.
ALL GUN PERMIT BUSINESS is done through the Jury Entrance on the Airy St. side (or north side) of the building. Do not bring unnecessary items with you because you will be going through security scanners. No weapons of any kind.
Dress for the weather because you may be waiting outside. There will be no place to sit so your wait time will be standing in line. Unless you are physically disabled, only the permit holder will be permitted in the office. Do not bring friends/family (including children) along with you.
Lost /Stolen permits, retired 218 cards, change of address, License to Sell and Precious Metals licenses will be handled on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon through the jury entrance. Make sure you have a check or Visa/MC.
*The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office DOES NOT issue non-resident gun permits.
Firearms License Application
Pennsylvania Law requires the Sheriff of Montgomery County to process all Applications for License to Carry Firearms.
The Sheriff's Office is required under Pa. Law, Section 6109 (d) of Title 18 Pa. C.S., to conduct an investigation into your application.
Licenses are issued to all those who qualify, based on a background investigation done by the Sheriff's Office through the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS).
Once an application for a license to carry is filed, the Sheriff has 45 days in which to complete the investigation and notify the applicant. The license is valid for five years. The Sheriff has the ability to revoke the license at any time for just cause.
Please read the application instructions carefully. Applications cannot be processed unless all of the requirements are met.
Applications are processed in the Sheriff's Office Gun Permits section Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Further information and applications are below.