Welcome to the County of Berks
Firearm License Unit

 

ATTENTION:
The Berks County Sheriff's Office will be accepting Pennsylvania License to Carry Permits via US Mail. 
 
Please complete the below application and send it along with payment to:
Berks County Sheriff's Office
633 Court Street, 3rd Floor
Reading, Pa 19601
 
Once your permit is approved a deputy will be calling you to setup an appointment to have your photograph taken and to complete the process.
 
Applications will only be accepted by US Mail.
 
 
 
 ATTENTION:
 Remote locations will be closed until Governor Wolf's stay-at-home order is lifted.

 

Hours of Operation:

Gun Permit Office - Courthouse 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed from 1pm to 2pm)

Reading Airport Substation - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

 

The Berks County Sheriff's Office is responsible for processing all applications for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms. This license allows a person to carry a concealed weapon on his or her 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 any time for reasons of misuse, criminal activity or a person who's character or reputation shows they are likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety.

Applications for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may be obtained on-line (see forms below) or by coming to one of our two locations, the Sheriff's Office on the 3rd floor of the Berks County Courthouse during normal business hours of 8:30 am - 4:00pm (closed 1:00pm to 2:00pm), Monday-Friday or Sheriff's Office Substation located at the Reading Regional Airport from 10:00am to 5:30pm (closed 2:00pm to 3:00pm), excluding holidays

 

Applications may also be obtained by sending a self addressed envelope to the Berks County Sheriff's Office, Firearm Licenses Unit, 633 Court Street, Reading, Pa 19601. Telephone: 610-478-6240 Ext 3265.

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, 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.

PDF iconMap of Reciprocity States

 

Forms

PDF iconGun Safety Brochure - Information on Pennsylvania Firearms Laws & Safety
 
Application for Pa License to Carry‚Äč - How to apply for a license to carry firearms
 
PDF iconLicense to Sell Firearms - Application for a license to Sell firearms.
 

 

Contact Information
610.478.6240 Ext. 3265