PERMIT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 4:00 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 the entire form.
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. Proof of age and residency must be furnished when the application is submitted. We do not issue permits to out of county or out of state residents.
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.