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     How old do I need to be in order to apply for a License to Carry Firearms?


    Applicants must be 21 years of age and reside in Northampton County.

     How long will it take to process my application? How will I be notified when it has been approved or denied?


    It may take up to 45 days to process your application. You will be notified in writing via United States mail when your application has been processed. If granted, your License to Carry Firearms will be included with the written response.

     How do I change or update my address on my License to Carry Firearms?


    You must first update your Pennsylvania Driver License or Identification Card with your new address. If your address has been updated, you may arrive in person or contact the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department at 610-829-6501. We will then update the address for your License to Carry Firearms and report the change to the Pennsylvania State Police. There is no fee for this service.

     If my address is changed, do I need to get a new LTCF with the updated address?


    No, but if you desire, you may obtain a new License to Carry Firearms with your new address for a $10.00 duplication fee.

     For how long is my Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms valid?


    Your License to carry Firearms is valid for a period of five [5] years from the date of issuance, unless otherwise revoked.

     How do I renew my License to Carry Firearms?


    A renewal reminder will be mailed to your home address within 60 days of the expiration date of your current License to Carry Firearms. In order to renew your License to Carry Firearms, you must complete an application and arrive in person with a valid Pennsylvania Driver License or Pennsylvania Identification Card at the Sheriff’s Department Office.

     What do I do if my License to Carry Firearms is lost, stolen, or damaged?


    Apply for a duplicate License to Carry Firearms by arriving in person at the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department Office with a valid Pennsylvania Driver License or valid Pennsylvania Identification Card. There will be a $10 duplication fee.​

     Is my License to Carry Firearms issued in Northampton County valid in other parts of the Commonwealth?

    Yes. Your License to Carry Firearms is valid throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the City of Philadelphia

     If I have a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms, may I carry my firearm in states other than Pennsylvania?


    Yes in some, but not all. Please refer to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office [www.attorneygeneral.gov] for a complete list of those states that have reciprocity agreements with and/or honor a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearm.

     Do I need a separate License to Carry Firearms for each firearm that I own?


    No. Your License to Carry Firearms is valid for any firearm.

     Am I required to register each of my firearms with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?


    No. Pennsylvania does not require firearms to be registered.

     Do I need a License to Carry Firearms for target shooting?


    No. You should transport your firearms(s) to and from the range unloaded. The firearm(s) should not be accessible to anyone in the vehicle. You must go directly to and from the range. Place your firearm(s) in the trunk of your vehicle with your firearm wrapped up or in a case. Transport your ammunition in a separate area of the vehicle.
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