If you are looking to obtain a Massachusetts License to Carry Firearms (LTC) or a Firearms Identification Card (FID) you must complete the following steps.
- Complete an approved Basic Firearms Safety Course, "live fire" certification is strongly encouraged.
- Complete a License to Carry Firearms Application
- For Juvenile applicants please complete the Juvenile Consent Form
- Schedule an appointment with a licensing officer.
- If you are renewing your license, you will also need an appointment.
You will need to bring the following items with you to your licensing interview appointment:
A note regarding appointments:
Appointments will be posted on or about the first of each month, for that month only. If all appointments are filled, please check the site at the time the following month. We ask that you continue to be patient as we are experiencing an unprecedented demand for license to carry appointments. If you are looking to renew your license to carry, please keep this in mind and check for open spots in advance of your expiration date.
We also ask that you only call or email with specific questions that cannot be answered by the Mass Firearms Records Bureau. If you wish to inquire about the status of your renewal or new applicant application, someone from this office will call you as soon as your license or FID card arrives or if there are any issues.
Post InterviewOnce a determination has been made on whether to issue you a License to Carry Firearms or an FID card your application will be processed. Once your LTC or FID is ready for pickup one of our licensing officers will contact you at the phone number you provided.
Please Note on Questions #4:
Have you ever been arrested or appeared in any court as a defendant for any criminal offenses?
Key word is “APPEARED”, not necessarily arrested. Appearances by an attorney on your behalf must be disclosed. Having been arrested and convicted of a crime does not necessarily prohibit you from getting an LTC or FID. Not disclosing this information does. Understand that “ever appeared” includes all adult and juvenile appearances. It does not matter if you were found guilty or if the charges were dismissed or continued without a finding. Please write it down. If you have a sealed record it will still show on your background checks, you must let us know. We will not accept “I forgot” or “They told me it would not show up” or “That was so long ago.”
Remember – You are signing under the penalties of perjury. If you are untruthful, you will be denied and may face prosecution.