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On July 22, 2004, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). The intent of LEOSA was to exempt qualified current and retired law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons while traveling from state to state. LEOSA requires that the retired law enforcement officer have a photographic identification card which identifies them as a retired law enforcement officer.  LEOSA also requires that the retired law enforcement officer maintain an annual qualification with their firearm.
In response to LEOSA, on December 13, 2005, the Governor signed into law, Act 79, the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (RLEIA). RLEIA tasked the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) with establishing uniform identification and qualification cards for retired law enforcement officers in PA and a method of conducting annual firearms qualifications for such individuals.
The final regulations for the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (Act 79 of 2005) were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on September 12, 2009. Based on these guidelines, Commission staff implemented the program in December 2009.  You may obtain forms and additional information by following links listed below.
The Law

Regulations (37 PA Code, Chapter 221)
Regulations Update (2014)

Roles and Responsibilities

Public (Law Enforcement) Agencies
Retired Officers
Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
Sheriff’s Office

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions