In accordance with state and county directives to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, NO GUN PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESSING WILL OCCUR AT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURT HOUSE UNTIL MARCH 30, or further notice is given.
Please do not come to the special services/gun permit office in the court house to drop off or pick up an application, permit, permit renewal or 218 permit during this period. YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY.
Applications can still be filled out and submitted online, but due to exigent circumstances they will not be processed until 30 days after submission.
We acknowledge the inconvenience this temporary policy presents and appreciate your continued cooperation.
It has come to our attention that several customers have paid a web company from $17-$100 because they believed it was necessary to secure a Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Permit. These websites are not affiliated with a government agency. Only the Sheriff can issue a permit in Montgomery County. The only thing required is to complete the application and follow the instructions on this page. The cost of the permit is $20.
*Same day processing is no longer available. Instead, applications may be dropped off or sent via email.
*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 a License to Carry (Gun Permit)
- Instructions for Applying for or Renewing a Gun Permit
- Pick up Instructions
- Lost/Stolen/Corrected Gun Permit
- Instructions for Retired Law Enforcement — 218 Cards