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City of Cambridge

License to Carry & Firearm ID Card

Cambridge Police

The Cambridge Police Department (CPD) accepts and processes applications for License to Carry (LTC) & Firearm Identification Card (FID).

Tips and FAQs

What are the required documents?

Applicants must provide the following required documentation - ORIGINALS ONLY; COPIES NOT ACCEPTED:

  • A utility bill (light, gas, cable, land line phone or lease agreement) in your name.
  • Cell phone bills will not be accepted.
  • If you cannot provide a utility bill in your name, a typed notarized letter from the
  • person(s) you reside with.
  • A Massachusetts driver's license or Massachusetts Identification card displaying your
  • Cambridge address. Temporary licenses will not be accepted.
  • A birth certificate or passport.
  • If a Naturalized citizen, please provide the Naturalization Certificate.
  • Permanent Resident Alien must have a Green Card.
  • Original Firearms Safety Certificate*
  • 2 Typed letters from References (non-family)
  • A Typed letter addressed to Deputy DeFrancesco stating your reason for issuance of a LTC/FID

First Time Applicants

All first time LTC/FID applicants - except FID - chemical propellant are required to attend and successfully complete a Firearms Safety Course presented by a certified State of Massachusetts Instructor. All first time applicants must apply in person.

Hours of Operation for First Time Applicants and Renewals

Residents can visit the Cambridge Police Station located at 125 6th Street during the following hours:

  • First time Applicant(s)
    Mondays: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Tuesdays - Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Not available Fridays.
  • Renewals
    Mondays: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesdays - Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., closed at noon.

Costs and Payment Methods

The following are the costs for each type of license and payment methods accepted.

LTC/FID applicants

  • A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 and is good for 6 years. (payable by cash or check only)
  • Fees are waived for renewal applicants 70 years of age or older.
  • FID applicants under 18 accompanied by a parent or guardian with a letter $25.00
  • FID-Chemical (Pepper Spray) - a one-time fee of $25.00 (payable by cash or check only)
    with free renewals every 6 years. 
Last Updated: 3/5/2017 | Provide feedback on this page

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