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The Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association warns of a nationwide scam that has been targeting citizens with concealed carry permits. Those targeted by this scam have received text messages alerting them that their permit needs to be renewed, or changed and offers a link to provide the user’s information. This link is malicious and has not been generated by the Sheriff’s Office. Currently, all correspondence from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is by U.S. Mail.

If you feel that you have been targeted, or if you have already experienced malicious intent due to this text message, please report the scam to

Wolf Administration Grants Sixth Extension To License To Carry Firearm Permits

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expiring on March 19, 2020, or later are now valid through June 30, 2021. The previous extension was set to expire on March 31.

The extension of license to carry permit expiration dates is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff's offices, as well as other ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

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.

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In light of the current response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the related declared judicial emergencies we cannot allow walk-in applicants until further notice. YOU MUST CALL (610) 891-4296 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT for both a new license, and renewal of a current license to carry firearms.

For a five dollar convenience fee you may now apply on line. See on line application. You will still need to make an appointment through that process. Due to the current high demand for licenses to carry firearms and the current restrictions we appreciate everyone’s patience. Once application is made the office has up to 45 days to issue, or deny a permit.

If you applied in person and you receive a pick-up letter in the mail, you may come in without an appointment to make the pick-up of your issued license, M-F between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

TWO FORMS OF ID NEEDED: YOU MUST HAVE A VALID GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID (Pennsylvania Photo Driver’s License or Photo Identification Card) with current valid address and one additional supporting document showing the same address to confirm residency within Delaware County. (Note: previously issued permit, passport, and military ID not accepted as proof of residency).


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

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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