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Appointments for first-time CPL application
To avoid long wait times, first-time CPL applicants book appointments to sign (in presence of a clerk) and file their applications using our QUICK SERVE app. On the "Quick Serve" app, click on the "CPL" and "First-Time Applicant" options after you've read the first page.
Alert! Please do not call the Clerk’s Office to schedule appointments!
Training must be provided within five years preceding the date of application and must consist of at least eight hours of instruction with all of the following conditions met:
(a) The program is certified by this state or a national or state firearms training organization and provides five hours of instruction in, but is not limited to providing instruction in, all of the following: (i) The safe storage, use, and handling of a pistol including, but not limited to, safe storage, use, and handling to protect child safety. (ii) Ammunition knowledge, and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. (iii) Pistol shooting positions. (iv) Firearms and the law, including civil liability issues and the use of deadly force. This portion shall be taught by an attorney or an individual trained in the use of deadly force. (v) Avoiding criminal attack and controlling a violent confrontation. (vi) All laws that apply to carrying a concealed pistol in this state.
(b) The program provides at least three hours of instruction on a firing range and requires firing at least 30 rounds of ammunition.
(c) The program provides a certificate of completion that states the program complies with the requirements of this section and that the individual successfully completed the course, and that contains the printed name and signature of the course instructor. The certificate of completion shall contain the statement, “This course complies with section 5j of 1927 PA 372.”. For certificates issued on or after December 1, 2015, each certificate shall also contain both of the following, which shall be printed on the face of the certificate or attached in a separate document: (i) The instructor’s name and telephone number. (ii) The name and telephone number of the state agency or a state or national firearms training organization that has certified the individual as an instructor for purposes of this section, his or her instructor certification number, if any, and the expiration date of that certification. 15 ESB 34 (d) The instructor of the course is certified by this state or a state or national firearms training organization to teach the pistol safety training courses described in this section.
Fingerprinting is done at the time of application at the Clerk's Office.
Fingerprinting must be done WITHIN 45 DAYS after the application is submitted at the County Clerk’s Office. If not fingerprinted after 45 days, the application is withdrawn.
The Concealed Pistol License application fee for new applicants is $100.
A $15 fingerprinting fee is paid to the Clerk's Office at time of application. Fingerprinting is done at the time of application at the Clerk's Office.
- PAYMENT TYPES ACCEPTED: Cash, Check, Debit or Credit Cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover)
Current police officers applying for the first time after July 1, 2001, are required to meet the training requirements set forth above under heading, "Training Requirements." If the officer is from a Local Police Department that has been certified by M.C.O.L.E.S. to provide training to its officers for obtaining a CPL, the officer may alternatively present a certificate or letter from the Police Department stating that he/she has successfully completed the training requirement.
For officers applying for a RENEWAL, the officer must certify to the Gun Board that he/she completed three hours review and an hour of fire range prior to submitting application.
The educational requirements are waived for RETIRED Police Officers or RETIRED Law Enforcement officers. (i.e. letter from chief of police showing proof of retiring in good standing from his/her employment or retirement card). Former police officers must complete and show proof of eight-hour training.