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License To Carry / Protection Permits

Update 2-1-2023


Governor Wolf has granted an additional extension to LTC's. Permits expiring on 3/19/20 or later are now valid through 9/30/20. Please see full Press Release from the Pennsylvania State Police below.

Applications can be found on our website at:…/…/203-license-to-carry-protection-permits

To submit an application, simply print, fill out and mail to our office for processing. You will be contacted with further instructions upon approval.

Our office is also accepting appointments for issuing new and renewal permits. If you have received notice that your application has been approved, please call 776-5353 to schedule an appointment.

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If you currently have a permit, you will receive a renewal application and instructions mailed to you within 30-60 days of the expiration of your license to carry firearms.  If you are unable to locate the renewal application, please contact our office at (814) 776-5353 and another will be mailed to you.  The instructions and application listed below are for 
NEW applicants only.

*Application Instructions (PDF)  *PERMIT APPLICATION  (PDF)   


Online Application:


The Elk 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 their person or in a motor vehicle. The licenses are issued to persons who qualify, based on a background investigation conducted by the Sheriffs Office, 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 anytime for reasons of misuse or criminal activity. Applications for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may be obtained on-line, (see forms above) or by coming into the Sheriff's Office located on the 1st floor of the Elk County Courthouse during our normal business hours of 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. Applications may also be obtained by calling our office at (814) 776-5353.

  • Applicant must be an Elk County resident and 21 years of age.
  • Applicant must have a current PA driver's license or PA identification card.
  • Fee for photo license is $20.00(Please do NOT send payment with your application.)
  • If you are not a resident of Pennsylvania, you must provide us with the following: 
      a copy of your permit in the state you reside,
      a copy of your driver's license and
      a detailed letter as to why you are applying in Elk County.


Our Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. excluding holidays.

To view the categories of Firearms Reciprocity, please visit the Pennsylvania Attorney General's website at: Pennsylvania Firearms Reciprocity

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Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853