All Forms of License to Carry (LTC)

  1. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the City of Lowell, and a citizen or Permanent Resident Alien.
  2. All applicants for an LTC must successfully complete, with certification, a Massachusetts State Police-approved Firearms Safety Course that includes a live fire component (or a Massachusetts State Police-approved Firearms Safety Course and a live fire training course). Check at your local gun club or online at the Gun Owners' Action League website, or the National Rifle Association (NRA) Instructors website to find a certified training program.
  3. There is a $100 application fee for a Firearm ID (FID) or a LTC. Only Money Orders or Personal Checks are accepted as payment; no cash or credits are accepted, and all fees are non-refundable. Fees may be waived for applicants over the age of 70. All payments are due at the time of your interview.
  4. Please bring to the interview:
    1. A completed application form (obtainable from the Lowell Police Department)
    2. A copy of your Birth Certificate (if you are a citizen by birth), a U.S. passport, Naturalization Papers, or Permanent Resident Card, whichever is applicable
    3. Copies of the certificates you have received from applicable training course(s)
    4. If you are applying for an LTC for occupational purposes or an unrestricted LTC, bring all other applicable documentation for Occupational Purposes, or Unrestricted LTC
  5. Following the interview, the licensing authority of the Lowell Police Department reviews the application and a thorough criminal background investigation is conducted. Applicants will be notified by mail once the application process is completed. The process from interview to notification takes approximately 3 months.