Chester County, Pennsylvania
County of Chester
313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
610.344.6000

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Firearms Licensing Division
Firearms License Application

Chester County Office Hours during the holiday week:
Wednesday, December 24th – Open until 12:00 noon*
Thursday, December 25th – Closed
Friday, December 26th – Open
Wednesday, December 31st – Open
Thursday, January 1st – Closed
Friday, January 2nd - Open

Pennsylvania Law requires the Sheriff of Chester County to process all Applications for License to Carry Firearms.

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 (PIC).  Once an application for 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 5 years.  The Sheriff has the ability to revoke the license at any time for good cause.

Firearms License Application

Firearms License Renewal Instructions


Instructions for License to Carry
 
License to carry a firearm will be issued to Chester County residents only, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF: out of state sworn police officers with proper identification.

Application Instructions - New Licenses
 
1. An applicant must be 21 years of age and a Chester County resident.

2. You must complete the application in its entirety, including two character references.  We prefer these references be Chester County residents and not family members.  If you are retired you must still complete lines #21-27 with your former employer information.  We take your digital photo and electronic signature in the office.

3. Proper identification is required.  You must have a PA driver’s license with your current address, and photo.  If you do not have a PA driver’s license, you must have a PA non-driver’s identification card that has a photograph and current Chester County address.  This card is issued by PENN DOT.

4. If you are not a US citizen, you must present your current immigration card. 

5. The application process may take up to 45 days, which is mandated by law.  Upon approval, your license will be mailed to you.  If you are denied you will be notified by mail, and a portion of the fee returned.

APPLICATION FEE IS $20.00. PAYMENT MUST BE MADE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. PAYMENT MAY BE MADE BY CASH, PERSONAL CHECK, CERTIFIED CHECK, OR MONEY ORDER. MAKE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO "SHERIFF OF CHESTER COUNTY." CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. PERSONAL CHECKS RETURNED FOR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS WILL BE ASSESSED A FEE OF $15 IN ADDITION TO ANY BANK CHARGES

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED APPLICATION IN PERSON TO OUR OFFICE. 

DO NOT MAIL YOUR APPLICATION.

OFFICE HOURS:
MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30am-4:00pm
610-344-6984