Welcome to the County of Berks
Firearm License Unit

 

ATTENTION:
Firearm licensing through the Berks County Sheriff's Office can now be completed online by using the link below.
 
   

 
(Note: If your current license is expired use the "NEW License to Carry Application" option) 
 
  
 ATTENTION:
 Remote locations are currently closed and will be until further notice.

 

Hours of Operation:

Gun Permit Office - By Appointment Only

Reading Airport Substation - By Appointment Only

 

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 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​ - How to apply for a license to carry firearms
 
PDF iconLicense to Sell Firearms - Application for a license to Sell firearms.
 

 

If you do not want to use the online service, please see application at bottom of page.
 
Applications will only be accepted via US Mail or through the online process.
Once your permit is approved you will be contacted/prompted to set up an appointment to complete the process. 
 
Completed applications can be mailed along with payment to:
Berks County Sheriff's Office
633 Court Street, 3rd Floor
Reading, Pa 19601
Contact Information
610.478.6240 Ext. 3265