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How do I apply for a license to carry a firearm?

No application for a License to Carry a Firearm, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 140, Section 131), will be considered until the following steps are satisfactorily completed:

  • ​​​If not precluded by law as an "Ineligible Person" (*see below)

  • Applicant must secure three letters of recommendation, excluding family members, attesting to the applicant's character, with specific reference to their application to carry a firearm.  NOTE:  Reference letters must include name, address, telephone number and signature of the person who is making the referral.  Malden residents who are renewing their licenses do not need reference letters. 

  • Applicants must complete a firearms safety or hunter safety course taught by a Mass. State Police or NRA certified instructor.  A copy of the course certificate must be attached to the application.  Note that active members of the military and national guard do not need a safety course.

  • Complete the application and submit together with proof of Malden residence (utility bill required) and item #2 (above) and item #3 (if applicable) to Beverly Smith at Malden PD headquarters.

  • Fee is $100.00 (check or money order made out to “City of Malden”).

  • Applications are available at Malden PD headquarters or online at NOTE: Pictures will be taken at time of application; the applicant does not need to provide them.

  • ​Naturalized citizens must provide documentation of same for new and renewing licenses.  If you are not a citizen, you will need to show a permanent resident card with number and a date that shows how long you have been a resident.

  • *Chapter 140 Ineligible Persons​: Aliens, persons convicted of either a felony or any harmful drug law, a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years imprisonment, a violent crime, a weapons or drug offense; is subject to a suspension or surrender order or protection order issued pursuant to M.G.L. Cc. 209A.

  • For more information contact Beverly Smith at 781-397-7171 x1108 or email