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Directions to Apply and Pick-up
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Since September 9, 2020 we have been using the Permitium program to provide the most efficient way of processing gun permit applications. Emailed applications are no longer accepted and all previously emailed applications that were not picked up or an appointment already scheduled, have been destroyed.
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 the Permitium link on the Sheriff’s GUN PERMIT page. 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.
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.
Applications filed through Permitium should wait for an email to make their appointment in that system. We have had a large number of applications in queue since this program started and are working through them as fast as we can. Do not call for status. If you have received a receipt, the application will be in queue until handled. You can always check status through Permitium’s 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.
You can still drop off applications at the Jury entrance, 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. These drop offs need an appointment to pick up. If the date available at drop off isn’t acceptable, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. The earliest available date is the one offered at drop off.
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. 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. Permits are $20.00.
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.
There will be no place to sit so your wait time will be standing in line. The typical wait time is less than 30 minutes if you are on time for your appointment and all systems are functioning properly. 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, 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., through the Jury entrance. Make sure you have a check or Visa/MC.
Retired LEO/218 cards are done on Monday between 830-11 a.m. through the Jury entrance on Airy St. 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.
*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.
APPLICATION FOR PENNSYLVANIA LICENSE TO SELL FIREARMS
PRECIOUS METALS APPLICATION