Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

The Cambridge Police Records Unit will be open to members of the public, by appointment only. Limited fingerprint services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Appointments can be made online. For questions or further assistance, please call 617-349-3336 or email.

License to Carry & FID Cards

SERVICE ADVISORY: The Cambridge Police Records Unit will be open to members of the public, by appointment onlyMonday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited fingerprint services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. Appointments can be made online. For questions or further assistance, please call 617-349-3336 or e-mail.

  • All applications for firearms permits are processed through Cambridge Police Department’s Records Unit.

  • Per Massachusetts law, the Cambridge Police Records Unit can only accept and process applications for License to Carry (LTC) & Firearm Identification Card (FID) submitted by City of Cambridge residents and business owners.

  • All LTC/FID applications must be submitted via mail or email and appointments for photographs and/or fingerprints will be scheduled by a Records Officer.

  • Once submitted via email or mail, appointments for LTC/FID applications will be scheduled by the Records Unit. For questions, please call the Records Unit at 617-349-3336. The Records Unit is located at:

    Cambridge Police Department
    125 Sixth St.
    Cambridge, MA 02142

LTC/FID Application Forms:
Applicants are encouraged to complete the Cambridge Police Application for License to Carry/Firearms ID Card and the Massachusetts Resident LTC/FID/Machine Gun Application form online prior to visiting the Records Unit. Once completed, these forms may be emailed to the Records UnitBlank copies of these forms are available at the police station for those unable to complete and submit the forms online.

Required Documents:
In addition to submitting the completed forms above, please bring to your appointment the following required documents to your scheduled appointment:

  Please Bring the Originals – Copies Are Not Accepted. We will make copies and return the originals  

  Evidence of Applicant’s Cambridge residency or business ownership:

  • Most recent utility bill listing Applicant’s name, such as electric, gas, cable, land line phone, etc.
  • Current lease or rental agreement with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident.
  • If applicable, evidence of Cambridge business ownership, i.e., articles of incorporation, partnership agreement, tax returns, licenses/permits, etc.

If unable to provide required proof of Cambridge residency, the homeowner/renter with whom Applicant resides may provide a signed and notarized affidavit attesting to Applicant’s Cambridge residency. See Cambridge Residency Affidavit. A Notarized affidavit is not required if Applicant appears in the company of homeowner/renter at the time of application. In either case, proof of Cambridge residency of homeowner/renter must be furnished at the time of the application.

Evidence of Identity:                         
At least one of the following: Unexpired MA driver’s license or learner’s permit, or MA Identification Card, license to carry firearm, current photo college ID card from a U.S. university, college or technical college (Must contain student name and photograph).

Evidence of Lawful U.S. Status:
At least of the following: U.S. passport and passport card, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), U.S. birth certificate (Accepted along with other form of a valid photo identification).

Required Documents for First-Time Applicants Only:

  • Firearms Safety Certificate or Hunting Safety Course Certificate from a certified MA instructor. Active military personnel are exempted from Firearm and Hunting Safety Certificates requirement.
  • Two typed letters of reference from persons (Non-family members) who can attest to Applicant’s character and suitability to possess and carry firearms. Full name and contact information of person providing reference must be included in the letter. Both letters must be original and hand signed.
  • A letter written by LTC/FID Applicant addressed to Deputy Superintendent Pauline Carter-Wells detailing Applicant’s purpose for owning and/or carrying firearms.

  • Special Requirement for Minors:
    FID Applicants between the ages of 14-18 years of age must be in the company of their parent/guardian, who must consent to the Applicant’s obtaining an FID card.

LTC Applicants: A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 payable to the City of Cambridge by check or cash only. For applicants under the age of 18, the fee is $25.
(Fees are waived for renewal applicants 70 years of age or older). The fee is $25 for FID applicants.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, applications for firearms license are only accepted by mail or email. An appointment will then be scheduled by a Records Unit Officer following a completed submission. Contact the Records Unit at (617) 349-3336 with any questions. Please be sure to have submitted your completed forms online in order to expedite the appointment process. 

The application process may take up to eight (8) weeks.  For questions, please call (617) 349-3336. 
The above licensing requirements for the City of Cambridge may not be reflective of those of other jurisdictions.

Visiting CPD

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Cambridge Police Department

Branville G. Bard, Jr.
Police Commissioner

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Cambridge MA 02142