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Apply for or renew a firearms license

A firearms license is required to possess or carry firearms in Massachusetts.
Currently approving and printing licenses that were submitted for review by police departments between November 8 and November 21

Firearms Records Bureau

The Details of Apply for or renew a firearms license

What you need for Apply for or renew a firearms license

 

For Massachusetts Residents

To apply for or renew for a new license:

You must apply for a resident firearms license to carry or firearms identification card through the police department in the city/town where you reside.

You will need to submit:

You may need to submit:

  • Proof of residence

Contact your local firearms licensing officer for specific information on the application process.

Non-Residents of Massachusetts or Resident Aliens

To apply for or renew for a new license:

You must apply for a non-resident license to carry firearms or a resident alien permit through the Firearms Records Bureau.  

You will need:

You may need:

  • An in-person appointment
  • A visa or copy of immigration card

There is no grace period for non-resident firearms licenses or resident alien permits.

Non-resident firearms licenses expire after one (1) year from the date it was issued.

Resident alien permits expire on December 31st of the year of application.

Fees for Apply for or renew a firearms license

Name Fee Unit
License to Carry Firearms $100 each
License to Carry Firearms - retired law enforcement officers $25 each
Firearms Identification Card $100 each
Firearms Identification Card - applicants under 18 years old $25 each
Non-Resident Firearms License $100 each
Resident Alien Permit $100 each

How to apply Apply for or renew a firearms license

For Resident Firearms License new and renewal applications:

Your completed application package, including the fee, may be mailed to your local licensing authority.  Contact your local firearms licensing officer for additional information prior to submitting your renewal.

For Non-Resident Firearms License and Resident Alien Permit new or renewal applications:

Your complete application package, including the fee, must be mailed to the Firearms Records Bureau at:

    Department of Criminal Justice Information Services

    Firearms Records Bureau

    200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200

    Chelsea, MA 02150

For Resident Firearms License applications:

Your complete application package, including fee, must be submitted to your local licensing authority. Contact your local firearms licensing officer for additional information prior to submitting your application.

For Non-Resident Firearms License and Resident Alien Permit applications:

If an in-person appointment is required, you will be contacted with an appointment date after your application is received.

Next steps for Apply for or renew a firearms license

Processing

Processing of new and renewal applications includes a state and federal background check, a fingerprint based background check, and a check with the Department of Mental Health.

For Massachusetts residents:

You will be notified by you local licensing authority when your license or renewal has been processed and is available for pickup. 

Please note processing may take up to 60 days. 

For Non-Residents of Massachusetts or Resident Aliens:

Processing of new and renewal applications includes a state and federal background check, a fingerprint based background check, and a check with the Department of Mental Health.

Your firearms license will be mailed to you after the application processed.

Processing may take up to 90 days.

To check the status of your non-resident firearms license or resident alien permit application, contact the Firearms Records Bureau directly at (617) 660-4782.

Contact for Apply for or renew a firearms license

Address
200 Arlington St., Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA 02150
Fax
Fax (617) 884-4601
Phone

Open M-F 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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