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    Pennsylvania non-resident permit?

    I was wanting to apply for a non-resident ccw from Pennsylvania but am a bit confused. My first question is which county is the best to apply to if I want a permit with a picture,laminated and that will easily fit in my wallet? I know this may seem like a stupid question but it seems every county in PA. issues a different format of ccw permit. Also where do I get the application for said county?

    Are the non-resident permits valid in the big cities there like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh? And does a photo copy of home state ccw constitute proof of training? thanks for any help with this guys.

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    Centre County Government: Sheriff

    Just download and follow the directions. I just got mine from Centre County in 11 days.

    Edit: This permit is a piece of paper, valid without photo. 1 fold and it fits in my wallet with my NY permit. Someone who knows better could validate, but the statue says an application to carry/possess in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I don't see any exemptions for cities or jurisdictions.

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    In PA your license is good throughout the whole state. Make sure you have it with you when you go to Philly or Pittsburgh as these are cities of the first class and a permit is required to carry at all times. In PA you can open carry without a license, but in cities of the first class you need a license to open carry; I wouldn't recommend that though.
    One more step and it's on!

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    I received mine in a few days (10) and took the piece of paper to Staples and had it reduced and laminated to fit my billfold. I think it cost less than 1$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jplate3 View Post
    Centre County Government: Sheriff

    Just download and follow the directions. I just got mine from Centre County in 11 days.

    Edit: This permit is a piece of paper, valid without photo. 1 fold and it fits in my wallet with my NY permit. Someone who knows better could validate, but the statue says an application to carry/possess in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I don't see any exemptions for cities or jurisdictions.

    Centre County is the way to go, they are quick with the turn around.

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    Do I mail the centre county application to the sheriff's office there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911luver View Post
    I was wanting to apply for a non-resident ccw from Pennsylvania but am a bit confused. My first question is which county is the best to apply to if I want a permit with a picture,laminated and that will easily fit in my wallet? I know this may seem like a stupid question but it seems every county in PA. issues a different format of ccw permit. Also where do I get the application for said county?

    Are the non-resident permits valid in the big cities there like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh? And does a photo copy of home state ccw constitute proof of training? thanks for any help with this guys.
    If you're a resident of Florida, apply for a FL CCW permit. PA and a few dozen other states will honor it.

    http://handgunlaw.us/states/florida.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by highvoltage View Post
    If you're a resident of Florida, apply for a FL CCW permit. PA and a few dozen other states will honor it.

    http://handgunlaw.us/states/florida.pdf
    Didn't even think to check reciprocity, just answered the question straight off.

    highvoltage is right.... if you already have a FL CC permit, you're good in PA. If you don't, get the permit in your state of residence to be able to carry in the most states. Having a FL CC permit gives you a bunch of states.

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    +1000 on Centre County!!!

    Just click on the previous poster's link and follow the instructions.

    Centre County is a pleasure to deal with!!
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    +1 on Centre County.

    I don't even need PA since my home state permit(WV) already has reciprocity. But I like to take care of the folks that take care of us. $26 and 2 weeks is all it takes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dripster View Post
    In PA your license is good throughout the whole state. Make sure you have it with you when you go to Philly or Pittsburgh as these are cities of the first class and a permit is required to carry at all times. In PA you can open carry without a license, but in cities of the first class you need a license to open carry; I wouldn't recommend that though.
    Correction, Philly is the only first class city in PA, Pittsburgh does not have a one million population last I heard. Just have your permit period where ever you're in the state of PA. As far as Philly, it's the only area in PA where you need a permit to OC. I think also you can't have any knives in Philly.

    I know Fayette county gives you a flimsy paper with no mugsot for a CCW where as a county like Lancaster gives you a laminated card with a mugshot, each county is different.
    Last edited by dlclarkii; March 26th, 2009 at 08:29 PM.

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    You do not need proof of training for Pennsylvania.

    Pennsylvania does not require classes, written or oral exams, range time or any testing.

    They suggest that citizens (as responsible adults) get training but, it is not required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYcarry View Post
    Centre County is the way to go, they are quick with the turn around.
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