Firearms Licensing Division

PA License to Carry Firearms Information

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 five years. The Sheriff has the ability to revoke the license at any time for good cause.

Application Information 

  1. Pennsylvania LTCF applications both new and renewal are accepted Monday thru Friday 08:30am to 4:00pm, on a walk-in basis, appointments are not required.
  2. You must apply in person at the Sheriff's Office located in the Chester County Justice Center 201 West Market Street, West Chester, Pa 19380. DO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS. 
  3. Residents who currently possess a License to Carry Firearms issued from another county that is set to expire within 60 days must apply as a new applicant with Chester County, we cannot renew another county’s license.
  4. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and reside in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 
  5. Applicants must submit a signed and dated Pennsylvania LTCF application. 
  6. As proof of identification, applicants must present a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card issued by the PA Department of Transportation reflecting their current address. A post office box is not an acceptable address. 
  7. The address on the LTCF application must match the address on the applicant’s proof of identification. 
  8. Foreign-born applicants who are US citizens must present their non-expired US passport, certificate of citizenship, or naturalization certificate. 
  9. Foreign-born applicants who are not US citizens must provide proof of their legal residency status. 
  10. The state mandated fee for a License to Carry Firearms is $20. Payment must be made at the time of application. Acceptable forms of payment: cash, check, money orders, credit and debit cards (there is a $1.50 service fee when using a card)Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Sheriff of Chester County". 
  11. The Sheriff’s Office has 45 days after an application is received to issue or deny issuing a LTCF. 
  12. If you have a Chester County LTFC and you are moving, please notify the Sheriff's office of your new address Please call this office if you do not receive your permit within 45 days.

Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms Application - Please use this form for New or Renewal Applications.

 For questions, call 610-344-6984.