Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Division is part of the Bureau of
Records and Identification and is charged with maintaining records
related to firearms licensing and transfers.
The Firearms Division also operates the
Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS),
which is used by firearms dealers to verify an applicant’s eligibility
to legally purchase a firearm in just a few minute's time.
PSP Firearms Division recently implemented a complete re-design of the
Pennsylvania Instant Check System. The new system offers web access to
initiate background checks and provides the option for electronic
submission of surcharge forms and fees. These automated capabilities
provide a vastly more efficient and user friendly process for all end
users of the system.
PSP Firearms Division would ask that all gun shows, auctions, raffles
and sales be reported to the PICS Unit, preferably at least 30 days in
advance of the event. This advance notice allows us to plan for
additional staffing as needed, in order to serve you with the utmost
efficiency. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you
have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 717-705-8843.
an effort to keep firearm dealers up to date and informed on matters
which may affect their business, we now post informational updates on
this website as needed. To view the updates, scroll down on this page
until you see the section entitled "Licensed Firearm Dealers and
Sheriffs," and click on that link.
instances where "critical information" needs to be provided, in addition
to the website, mass mailing will be used to ensure distribution to all
Firearms Annual Reports: