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Individuals who are currently certified in Pennsylvania or who retired with a certification in Pennsylvania as a Police Officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Attorney General Criminal Law Agent, or other Pennsylvania law enforcement officer (excludes Corrections Officers) may be eligible for waivers and should select the Police/Law Enforcement Officer link.

All other individuals should follow the instructions below to apply for initial certification as a Lethal Weapons Agent.

Step 1:  Complete an online (Basic Applicant) application using the TACS System.  Log in as a First Time User on the left side of the screen.  If the system recognizes your information, you may be instructed to select the other option to log in with your existing profile, also on the left side of the screen.  Once you are in the system select the Home Act 235 button and select the Basic Training Application.  Scroll down to select “Start Application”.

Complete all required information on each screen and submit when finished.  Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automated email from Identigo/Morphotrust with instructions for scheduling your fingerprint session.  You must be fingerprinted at one of the approved Identigo/Morphotrust locations.

Step 2:  Download and print the physical examination and psychological examination forms. You must undergo a physical and psychological examination at your own expense. The physicians must be PA licensed. The physicians must submit completed and signed forms to the Lethal Weapons Certification Unit.

NOTICE REGARDING DRIVER’S LICENSE AND OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS: If you do not possess a valid PA driver’s license or are an out-of-state resident you must, in addition to the steps above, submit two (2) passport size photos to the Lethal Weapons Certification Unit at the address below.

PA State Police
Lethal Weapons Certification Unit
8002 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112

WAIVERS FOR TRAINING/FIREARMS: Individuals who have completed comparable law enforcement training within the past five years may be waived of the academic training requirement.  Individuals who have successfully qualified on a law enforcement firearms course within the past 12 months may be waived of the firearms training requirement.  To request waiver consideration, please submit supporting documentation to the Lethal Weapons Certification Unit at the address listed in Step 4.

NOTIFICATION: Correspondence will be sent to the address you provided notifying you of the status of your application and providing instructions for further action. 

Step 3:  Upon receipt of official notification you have been approved, schedule training at an Act 235 certified school.  A list of certified schools can be found on the Certified Schools page.  It is your responsibility to schedule the training after receiving the approval letter.

Step 4: Upon completion of training, login to TACS (click 'have an account' login using your last name, full birthday: MM/DD/YEAR, and the last four digits of your SSN) to submit the $30 certification fee. (We no longer accept checks or money orders.)


Fee Breakdown:

Application Fee $50.00
Fingerprint Fee $22.60
Subtotal $72.60
Certification Fee - paid to Commonwealth of PA $30.00
Total Fees $102.60