Firearms Unit

NOTICE: DUE TO INCREASED PERMIT APPLICANTS, AT TIMES, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE LONGER THAN NORMAL WAIT TIMES FOR SAME DAY PROCESSING.  WE APOLOGIZE IF THIS CAUSES ANY INCONVENIENCE.

PERMIT APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, BUT NOT PROCESSED AFTER 4:30 PM.

*PAYMENT MUST BE IN THE FORM OF CASH OR MONEY ORDER ONLY.*

*ADDRESS ON THE APPLICATION MUST MATCH THE ADDRESS ON YOUR FORM OF IDENTIFICATION.*

The Sheriff's Office Firearms Unit process applications for License to Carry Firearm Permit 
and applications for License To Sell Firearms for gun dealers. Please make sure to click on both the License to Carry Firearm Permits and instructions links above and fill out both forms in their entirety. 

License to Carry Permit Details
An applicant for a license to carry permit must be at least 21 years of age and reside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, or currently posses a valid permit in their state of residency. Proof of age and residency must be furnished when the application is submitted. If you are a Lancaster County resident, you must provide a Pennsylvania driver’s license or Pennsylvania photo ID. A post office box will not be accepted as a legal residence. 

The application and any attached documents must be brought to the Sheriff’s Office in person. Payment is required when the application is submitted. See frequently asked questions for license to carry permit for more information.

Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police, the applicant will be notified whether the application has been approved or rejected. If rejected, a service fee of $5 will be withheld, and the applicant will receive a refund of $15.

The furnishing of false information or offering false evidence of identity is a violation of Section 4904. The Sheriff has the authority to revoke a permit for character and reputation.

Additional Information
For additional information, please stop by the Sheriff’s Office. Most times, the sheriff or his representative will be available to explain the duties of the Sheriff’s Office of Lancaster County and to provide you with a tour of the facility.

If you are a Lancaster County resident, you must provide a Pennsylvania driver’s license or Pennsylvania photo ID.

If you are a Lancaster County resident, you must provide a Pennsylvania driver’s license or Pennsylvania photo ID. A post office box will not be accepted as a legal residence.