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436 Grant Street, Room G8
(Located in Courtyard of the Courthouse on the Fifth Avenue Side)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

FIREARMS IS UP AND RUNNING WITH NO ISSUES.

Monday - Friday (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM) - Closed Weekends and Court Holidays

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Pennsylvania State Police PICS Unit will be performing a complete upgrade and overhaul of the current Pennsylvania License to Carry computer system. Due to this, the system will be offline beginning Wednesday, May 31st at 5:30PM. The system upgrade is estimated to be completed by some time on Monday, June 5th.

No counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be able to process or issue Licenses to Carry Firearms during the scheduled outage! Similarly, no name or address changes can be completed since we cannot save any changes to the system while it is offline. For the same reason, we will also be unable to do any reinstatements during this time.



The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office WILL be issuing licenses on Wednesday, May 31st as the system is expected to remain online through our normal closing time of 3:00pm. The Firearms Office will be closed beginning Thursday June 1st until 8:00AM on Tuesday, June 6th.

If we are made aware of any problems with the upgrade that will result in additional downtime, we will pass that information on to you ASAP, via Facebook or the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office website.


FIREARMS WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
IN RECOGNITION OF MEMORIAL DAY.

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Reciprocity
Safety
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Theft Prevention
 

NOTICE: Due to the high volume of applicants (and therefore increased time needed to perform the background checks), we reserve the right to stop processing applications based on the experienced wait time. There is NO GUARANTEE that you will receive your license the same day if you do not present yourself before 2:30pm.

Please note that the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office is in no way affiliated with the website, http://palicensetocarry.org. The only way to apply for a firearms license is in-person at the Sheriff's Office Firearms Section in the Allegheny County Criminal Courthouse.

The Sheriff's Office Firearms Section handles the issuance of licenses to sell firearms and licenses to carry firearms.

By state law, the Sheriff has the responsibility to process all applications to carry handguns in Allegheny County and to issue licenses to all those applicants who qualify based on an extensive background investigation done by the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff also licenses all firearms dealers in the county.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A PENNSYLVANIA LICENSE
TO CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM

**** DUE TO THE INCREASED SPEED AND EFFICIENCY OF THE PA INSTANT CHECK SYSTEM (PICS), AND THEREFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE, WE HAVE TRANSITIONED TO A
ONE-STEP PROCESS. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT MAIL OR EMAIL APPLICATIONS ****

Both NEW and RENEWAL Applicants need ONLY do the following:

1. Appear in-person with a valid and accurate PA Drivers' License or PA Photo ID Card.
2. Completely fill out an application (References are NOT required for Renewals ONLY.)
3. Upon approval, payment of $20.00 in the form of CASH ONLY is required.

The aforementioned process should be completed in five to ten minutes and your license will be issued the SAME DAY.

DENIAL CRITERIA

In addition to receiving a "DENIED" status by PICS, your application will NOT be accepted by the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office if you:

1. Have an open case with ANY court (including traffic citations, parking tickets, fish and game, etc)
2. Have a closed case with ANY court with a remaining case balance. This is to include payment arrangements made with any court. Fines and court costs MUST be paid in FULL before your application will be accepted.
3. The ACSO will NOT accept applications for Non-PA Resident Licenses.


If you have questions regarding your application process, please visit our FAQ page.

If you cannot find the answer to your question on this page or our FAQ page,
please contact Deputy Ryan Foster at 412-350-3046.