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Due to continuing unprecedented demand for concealed carry permits; in order to most efficiently serve Delaware County Pennsylvania residents, effective June 8, 2021, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will again suspend sending renewal notices, making appointments, or accepting applications from out-of-state residents. If you have already received an appointment, or a renewal letter, or applied on-line, you will remain in the queue.



June 30, 2021
Wolf Administration Grants Final Two-Week Extension to License to Carry Firearm Permits

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an additional two-week extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits that were set to end on March 19, 2020 or later will now end on July 15, 2021. The previous extension was set to end on June 30. The extension of license to carry permit expiration dates was necessary due to the prior closures of some county courthouses and sheriff's offices, as well as other previous COVID-19 mitigation efforts. License holders with expired permits should now contact their issuing authority for renewal. In Pennsylvania, an individual 21 years old or older may apply for a license to carry firearms by submitting a completed application to the sheriff of the county in which they reside or, if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city. The sheriff has 45 days to investigate and determine an individual's eligibility to be issued a license, which is valid for five years. A license to carry firearms is required to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person or in a vehicle. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.

For more information on carrying a firearm in Pennsylvania, visit psp.pa.gov.




IMPORTANT NOTICE

For both a new license, and renewal of a current license to carry firearms you may walk-in Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Requires two visits: Application and pick-up.

For a five dollar convenience fee you may now apply on line. See online application. You will still need to make an appointment through that process. Requires only one visit: Photo, signature and issuance.

Once application is made the office has up to 45 days to issue, or deny a permit.

When you receive your approval letter in the mail, you may come in to pick-up of your license M-F between 9 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. If you applied online, follow that process.

Due to the current high demand for licenses to carry firearms and the COVID restrictions we appreciate everyone’s patience.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED: A valid photo driver’s license or photo identification card (not expired or suspended) issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Motor vehicles (PennDOT) or any other government issued ID that is not expired and contains the following: photograph of the applicant, name, residence address, date of birth and signature.


RE: INFORMATION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARDHOLDERS

It is legal under Pennsylvania law for the holder of a validly issued patient Medical Marijuana Card to possess approved forms of medical marijuana. However, as per the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the possession of medical marijuana remains a violation of federal law, and possession of a valid Medical Marijuana Card and/or the use of medical marijuana makes you an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” who is prohibited by federal law from the purchase or acquisition, possession, or control of a firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), and 27 C.F.R. § 478.32(a)(3).

The BATFE’s position is set forth in its September 21, 2011, Open Letter to all Federal Firearms Licensees, which states in part that “[t]herefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.” Likewise, the mere possession of a Medical Marijuana Card will give rise to an inference that you are an “unlawful user of or addicted to” a controlled substance, pursuant to 27 C.F.R. § 478.11.

Therefore, it is also unlawful for you to apply for, possess or renew a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearm (LTC), because you are “[a]n individual who is prohibited from possessing or acquiring a firearm under the statutes of the United States.” (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Chapter 18, Section 6109(e)(1)(xiv).

Open Letter to All Federal Firearms Licensees


Gun Permits / Concealed Weapons Applications

The Delaware County Sheriff's office issues Firearms licenses. The Sheriff's Office has 45 days to conduct an investigation to determine an individual's eligibility to be issued a license.

The applicant shall be required to produce a valid government issued photo identification and sufficient proof of residency, as required. Address on application and on ID MUST MATCH. A background investigation is a required; to include but not limited to criminal history, mental health and residency on each applicant to determine eligibility.

In accordance with 18 PA C.S. Sec. 6109, a Sheriff may deny an individual the right to a license to carry concealed firearms for several reasons. If denied, you will be notified in writing. If approved, the applicant will be notified in writing and the Sheriff shall issue a license to carry concealed firearms. The license MUST be picked up IN PERSON.

The issuance of a license to carry concealed firearms allows the licensee to carry a firearm concealed on or about their person, or in a vehicle throughout this Commonwealth.

See the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Website for current reciprocity agreements https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/resources/concealed-carry-reciprocity/

The license is valid for five (5) years, unless revoked sooner.


Online Gun Permit Application

Gun Permit Application

Application Instructions

Application for Duplicate License to Carry

Application to Sell Firearms

* Must have the free Acrobat Reader to download.

Do Not Mail in the Permit, you must come to the Sheriff's Office!

The Sheriff's Office is on the ground floor immediately to the right of the main entrance.



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