Gun Permits

Pennsylvania License to Carry a Concealed Firearm

License to carry Firearm permits extended to Sept. 30, 2020
Reopening license to carry procedures

 Directions Starting July 2020

Make sure you read and follow each instruction!

Remember, permits with an expiration between March 19, 2020 and July 31, 2020 were extended to

September 30, 2020 by the Governor

********There is no same day issuance of permits********

Beginning July 6th, you can drop off completed applications at the Jury entrance Mon-Fri 8:30-3:00. You will need a photo copy of both sides of your driver’s license as well. Incomplete applications or missing documents will be rejected.

We will be issuing permits between 8:30-3:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, by appointment only. Please call 610-278-3342, Mon-Fri 830AM to 200PM to make an appointment. Do not leave a message. Appointments must be made by speaking to a representative. Only previously submitted applications will be processed. Do not call for an appointment until you have submitted and waited the period of time stated on your email or paper handed to you.

Make sure to bring your photo driver’s license or PADOT 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.

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 and Retired 218 cards will be handled on Wednesdays from 830AM to Noon. Out of county address changes will still be done by email and intra county changes will have to wait until we are caught up to be done.

Precious Metal licenses will still be accepted by mail only. License to Sell has to be submitted by email as PSP is not approving same day.

Precious Metal licenses will still be accepted by mail only. License to Sell has to be submitted by email as PSP is not approving same day. 218 should also be submitted by email for later issue.

For License to Sell renewals, please email your application and a signed copy of the current FFL to The State Police are not processing them by phone so we will notify you when we have an answer back and what instructions to follow to finish up. New licenses will have to wait until we reopen.

Precious Metals licenses, we will only take mail (USPS, UPS, FEDEX) submissions and will return them by USPS mail. Make sure we get the completed application and the $50 check made out to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

218/LEOSA, please email the front and back of your valid Pa. driver’s license, your retired ID, the blue 218 card, along with a phone number and State of Birth to When we have approval, we will contact you on how to finish up. You will need a $5 money Order payable to the Commonwealth of Pa.

*Same day processing is no longer available. Instead, applications may be dropped off or sent via email.

*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.


Email Procedures


1.      You must  attach a copy of the legible and completed  application (on sheriff’s website) and both sides of your current Pa. driver’s license/ID to gunpermit1@montcopa.orgMUST BE ATTACHMENTS (PDF OR JPG ONLY).  ALL Documents/Photos and Images MUST be submitted with white background only.

2.      The copy must be complete and legible or it will not be processed.

3.      You will be emailed with further instructions regarding completing the process.





Applications will not be processed unless the above requirements are met. DO NOT call to check on the status.

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