The Pennsylvania Sportsman’s Firearm Permit
- Can only be purchased in person, over the counter, at any of the Pennsylvania county treasurers offices
- Present a valid driver’s license/photo ID AND a current Hunting, Fishing or Furtaker License or a permit to train hunting dogs
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Valid for 5 years
- Fee is $6.00
The Sportsman’s Firearm Permit is issued by the county treasurers in Pennsylvania to individuals that have a license to hunt, trap or fish or who has been issued a permit relating to hunting dogs. This is a shall issue permit and does not require any type of background check to be completed. NOT VALID FOR ANY OTHER REASON! You must produce both this permit and your applicable license upon lawful demand of a law enforcement officer.
An individual that has a License to Carry DOES NOT need a Sportsman’s Firearm Permit to hunt with a lawful handgun as defined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
A Sportsman’s Firearm Permit is NOT a License to Carry a firearm concealed.
Applicants will be required to personally sign the Sportsman’s Firearm Permit in the presence of the Treasurer’s staff in order to validate the license. YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON and have proper identification as stated above.
THIS PERMIT IS NOT AVAILABLE BY MAIL AND WILL NOT BE ISSUED OR RELEASED TO FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS ON BEHALF OF THE APPLICANT. YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON. REMEMBER, THIS IS A PERMIT TO CARRY A HANDGUN WITH RESTRICTED CONDITIONS.
The Pennsylvania Code
§ 33.118. Pennsylvania sportsman’s firearm permit.
(a) The Pennsylvania sportsman’s firearm permit form is a prenumbered three-part form furnished by the State Police under section 6106(c) of the act (relating to firearms not to be carried without a license). This permit, granting exemption to section 6106(a) of the act, is issued in conjunction with a hunting, furtaking or fishing license, or permit relating to hunting dogs, under section 6106(b)(9) and (10) and (c) of the act. A written request for these forms may be directed to the Pennsylvania State Police, Attention: Firearm Unit, 1800 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110. Telephone requests will not be honored. The State Police shall furnish official permit forms to the county treasurer upon request. Requests shall be made 3 weeks prior to the time of actual need. Upon receipt, the county treasurer shall remit to the State Police the sum of $1 for each official permit form furnished in accordance with section 6106 (c) of the act.
(b) The Pennsylvania sportsman’s firearm permit shall be completed as indicated in the block instructions. It can either be typewritten or printed in blue or black ink with a ballpoint pen. Copies shall contain legible impressions. The original shall be issued to the licensee and is valid for 5 years from date of issue. The first copy shall be transmitted by the issuing authority within 7 business days by first class mail to the State Police, Attention: Firearm Unit, 1800 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110. The issuing authority shall retain the second copy for 2 years after the expiration date.
The provisions of this § 33.118 adopted February 23, 2001, effective February 24, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 1145.