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The mission of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department is to promote a safe environment for our community.
 
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FIREARM LICENSE UNIT 

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Gun Permit Office - Courthouse 8:30am to 4:30am
Reading Airport Substation 10am to 6pm (closed from 2-3)
Remote Locations 10am to 6pm
 
The Berks County Sheriff's Department is responsible for processing all applications for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms. This license allows a person to carry a concealed weapon on their person or in a motor vehicle. The licenses are issued to persons who qualify, based on a background investigation conducted by the Firearm License Unit, within 45 days of the filing of the application. The license is valid for a period of 5 years. The license may be revoked at anytime for reasons of misuse or criminal activity.

Applications for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms maybe obtained on-line, see forms below, or by coming to one of our two locations, the Sheriff's Department on the 3rd floor of the Berks County Courthouse during our normal business hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday or Sheriff's Department Substation located at the Reading Regional Airport from 10:00am to 6:00pm (closed 2:00pm to 3:00pm), excluding holidays. Applications may also be obtained by sending a self addressed stamped enveloped to the Berks County Sheriff's Department, Firearm Licenses Unit, 633 Court Street, Reading, Pa. 19601. Our telephone number is 610.478.6240 Ext 3265.

Locations to obtain PA License to Carry Firearms

The Firearm License Unit also issues licenses for firearms dealers and precious metals dealers in Berks County.  These applications may also be obtained in the above stated manner.
 
Currently the states of ALASKA, ARKANSAS, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, MICHIGAN, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NORTH CAROLINA, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH DAKOTA , TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA & WYOMING have reciprocity (will honor) the Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms.

 

Check the PA Attorney General Web Site for updates and to read the reciprocity agreements. 

Map of Reciprocity States

Forms

Information on Pennsylvania Firearms Laws & Safety

How to apply for a license to carry firearms

 

 
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610.478.6240 Ext 3265