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.
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NOTICE


The Pennsylvania State Police announced that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an extension for license to carry firearms permits. Permits expired on March 19, 2020 or later have been extended to March 31, 2021. 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 pandemic.
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. Applicants for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms (LTCF) for Chester County residents ONLY must apply in person in the Sheriff’s Office. Photos and electronic signatures will be taken in the Sheriff's office. 

    New applicants must schedule an appointment online using the link above.
    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.
    Residents that need to renew a Chester County issued License to Carry Firearms must call the Sheriff’s Office at 610-344-6984 Monday – Friday 08:30am to 4:00pm to schedule an appointment.

  2. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and reside in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 
  3. Applicants must submit a signed and dated Pennsylvania LTCF application. 
  4. 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. Post office box addresses are not acceptable. 
  5. The address on the LTCF application must match the address on the applicant’s proof of identification. 
  6. Foreign-born applicants who are US citizens must present their non-expired US Passport, Certificate of Citizenship, or Naturalization Certificate. 
  7. Foreign-born applicants who are not US citizens must provide proof of their legal residency status. 
  8. 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 $2.00 service fee when using a card)Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Sheriff of Chester County". 
  9. Personal checks returned for insufficient funds will result in denial of the LTCF application and will incur a fee chargeable to the applicant. 
  10. The Sheriff’s Office has 45 days after an application is received to issue or deny issuing a LTCF. 
  11. Once you have been issued a LCTF, if you move, 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.