Gun Permits

Pennsylvania License to Carry a Concealed Firearm

NOTICE: Please contact us at 610-278-3000 for information regarding possible closures due to inclement weather.


 Directions to Apply and Pick-up

Make sure you read and follow each instruction!

********There is no same day issuance of permits********
********We do not accept emailed, faxed or mailed applications********
********We do not issue Non-Resident Permits********


Since September 9, 2020 we have been using the Permitium program to provide the most efficient way of processing gun permit applications.


We ask that anyone who has submitted a License To Carry application through the Permitum site log into Permitium and check the status of their application, if they have not already heard from us. To Log in, go to . Go to ORDER TRACKER in the black bar at the top of the home page. To log in, you will need your Order Number, the Password you made up when you filed the application and the Email Address you used at that time. If you do not remember the Password, use the Reset Password Link on that page. Permitium will email you a new password in about 15 minutes or so. Use that password to log on. Once you get to the application status, if it says PERMIT APPROVED, we are waiting for you to schedule an appointment which is also done on this site. If it says PENDING ADDITIONAL INFO, we are waiting on info from you to proceed. Usually that is a change of address card from PADOT or an updated driver’s license which can both be uploaded into this site. Please DO NOT call the office for any of this information.

Applying and Renewing Online

 To apply for a License to Carry Firearms in Montgomery County, Pa., please visit:

We only process applications from Montgomery County residents.

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 Permitium system under Order Tracker..

Failure to appear for a scheduled appointment can be considered abandonment of the application process and may result in the withdraw of your application and a partial refund of your payment. You would have to reapply from the beginning of the process.

Applying by dropping off

You can still drop off applications at the Montgomery County Courthouse, (enter through main entrance on Swede Street) Mon-Fri  noon to 2:00 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. Deputies or Office Staff will schedule a return appointment for you. This method is a slower processing time than the online application.

Pick up appointment info

When you come for your appointment, 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 or Pa DOT change of address card only. 

For those who used the drop off method, we accept cash, checks (made out to Montgomery County Sheriff), credit cards (Visa, Master Card and Discover) and debit cards with the Visa or Master Card logo. Permits are $20.00.
ALL GUN PERMIT BUSINESS is conducted at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Do not bring unnecessary items with you because you will be going through security scanners. No weapons of any kind.

Lost/Stolen replacement-License to sell firearms-Precious Metals info

Lost /Stolen permits, change of address/name, License to Sell and Precious Metals licenses will be handled on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Permit replacements and changes require $5.00 and your driver’s license. License to sell requires a completed LTS application, a copy of your FFL with an original signature and $30.00. Precious Metals requires a completed PM application and $50.00. (The PM license can be done by mail with a completed application and a check made out to the Montgomery County Sheriff for $62.50. It will be returned via US mail)

Retired Law Enforcement (LEOSA) 218 (Blue card) info

You need to bring your old and new qualification card (blue card), department issued retired ID, driver’s license and a $5 money order made out to the Commonwealth of Pa. LEOSA/218 Cards will be handled on Monday’s (ONLY) between the hours of 0830-1100 AM.  No appointment is needed.

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.




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