Licensing Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2020

Wolf Administration Grants Fifth 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 March 31, 2021. The previous extension was set to expire on December 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.

For more information on firearms in Pennsylvania, visit


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 23, 2020, Applications for Licenses to Carry Concealed (with $20 money order or certified check and copy of PA identification) can be mailed to the Sheriff’s Department or dropped off at the Courthouse with Sheriff’s Department Staff. Mailed applications should be addressed to: Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, Licensing Division, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. If you are dropping the application off, you should label the outside of the envelope “Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, Licensing Division” and your name. Applications can be obtained HERE.

After your application is processed you will receive a phone call from the Sheriff’s Department to schedule an appointment to complete the process. Appointments are from at 8:20am through 3:10pm, Monday through Friday at the Luzerne County Records Retention Facility located at 85 Young St. Hanover Twp., PA 18706. You will be provided more information when you are called for your appointment. You are not able to walk-in to this location and obtain your permit.

(THERE ARE NO WALK-IN APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED.) The following items shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and deposited into the application drop off box: 

  • Fully completed License to Carry Firearms application (applications available at:
  • A contact phone number at which we may leave a message regarding your license.
  • Copy of your current and valid driver’s license or photo identification card issued by the Pennsylvania
  • Department of Transportation, which bears the same address as, noted on your application
  • A money order or certified bank check (NO personal checks) in the amount of $20.00, made payable to the Sheriff of Luzerne County.
  • Applicants will be contacted within 45 calendar days with a date and time to appear in person to have their photograph and electronic signature recorded and have their permit issued to them.
  • *If you are a Non-United States Citizen, you are also required to provide a copy of the following in addition to the items listed above.
    • Resident Alien Card
    • 3 Consecutive months (most current) of the same utility bill (water, natural gas, electric) with address matching official identification.
  • Out of State Permits are not being issued at this time.

More information and links to applications can be found by clicking this link: LCSD Licensing Division Page


License to Sell Firearms- Mail your application (USPS, UPS, FEDEX), a signed copy of the current FFL, and payment (no personal checks), made payable to the Sheriff of Luzerne County. You will be contacted by our office to complete the process.

Precious Metals Licenses- Mail your application (USPS, UPS, FEDEX), and payment (no personal checks) made payable to the Sheriff of Luzerne County, and your license will returned to you via USPS mail.

Retired Law Enforcement carry permits (218/LEOSA), Please email to arrange for an appointment. Please bring the following to the appointment: your valid PA driver’s license, your retired LEO ID, your “blue card” (218 card) and a $5 money Order payable to the Commonwealth of PA. Information on this can be found on the MPOTEC website:


Applications can be found by following the links below:

Application Forms & Instructions

Application Fees

License Fee
License to Carry Firearms
License to Sell Firearms
Precious Metals License