The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office Firearms Division is located on the ground floor of the Allegheny County Criminal Courthouse at 436 Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. The office can be accessed through the Fifth Avenue archway of the courthouse. Firearms is typically open Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 3:00PM with the exception of holiday and satellite events.
The Sheriff's Office Firearms Division 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.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW, RENEWAL, & REPLACEMENT APPLICANTS
STEP 1: Download, complete and print an application ready to be submitted upon arrival at Firearms.
Do not mail or email your application, bring it in-person when you apply.
STEP 2: Arrive with a completed application, valid PA ID or Driver's License and $20.00 cash.
Please practice social distancing and wear a mask.
GOVERNOR WOLF'S LICENSE TO CARRY EXTENSION
UPDATED 12/15/20: Licenses expiring on March 19, 2020 or later are now valid through March 31, 2021.
The previous extension was to expire on December 31, 2020.
DOCUMENTS, FORMS, & USEFUL LINKS
LICENSE TO SELL FIREARMS
If you are looking to obtain a license to sell firearms, all applications must be accompanied with a copy of the current FFL and payment of $60.00 (cash, check, or money order made payable to the Sheriff of Allegheny County) and will be processed in-person or via US Mail.
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