License to carry Firearm permits extended to DEC. 31, 2020
iMPORTANT: nEW PROCEDURES
Directions to Apply and Pick-up
Make sure you read and follow each instruction!
********There is no same day issuance of permits********
Effective September 9, 2020 we will be starting a new on-line procedures to provide the most efficient way of processing gun permit applications. Emailed applications will no longer be accepted.
To apply for a Licence to Carry Firearms in Montgomery County, Pa., please visit:
REMINDER: Applications for permits made in April and May 2020 by applicants who have not scheduled an appointment to pick up their permits will be purged on Oct. 31, 2020. After October, these applicants will be required to reapply through the Permitium web site.
You can still drop off applications at the Jury entrance, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 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.
All pickups are done by appointment only. If you previously submitted an application and received a confirmation, wait 15 days to make sure it has cleared and then call 610-278-3342 for an appointment. Please do not leave a message. You must speak to a rep. There are over 3,000 people that need to call so be patient.
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.
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. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED! Permits are $20.00. Appointments after 4:00 p.m. have to pay with Visa, MC or Discover.
Make sure you have the Personal Protective Equipment required by the state, county and local government. Your temperature will be taken by courthouse staff. Masks are required. You will have to remove it temporarily for a photo. If this causes concern for you, you should wait until that requirement is no longer in place to come in.
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.
Dress for the weather because you may be waiting outside. There will be no place to sit so your wait time will be standing in line. 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, retired 218 cards and License to Sell will be handled on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Out of county address changes will still be done by email and intra-county changes will have to wait until we are caught up to be done.
Precious Metal licenses will still be accepted by mail only.
*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.