All licensing is done by appointment only at the Somerville Police West Substation (located at 1114 Broadway). If you would like to make an appointment, please call 617-625-1600 x 7330 .
Requirements for Obtaining an License to Carry (LTC) or Firearms Identification (FID):
APPLICATION: Applications are to be completed prior to your scheduled appointment. At the top of the first page, please print an email address. Be sure to answer truthfully and type or print legibly. NOTE: Question (10) of page (2) of the LTC application refers to any criminal charge brought forth against you, in the court of law, regardless of the outcome. If you appeared in court as a defendant and the charges brought against you were filed, dismissed, pardoned, sealed, etc., it is still your responsibility to inform the licensing authority. Be advised that if your application is not completed truthfully, your LTC or FID request will automatically be denied.
LICENSE FEE: A $100 non-refundable fee is collected when applying for a LTC or FID. A one-time $25 non-refundable fee is collected when applying for a Restricted FID. Money orders are the only forms of payment accepted. Cash is not accepted. Please make money orders payable to: City of Somerville. NOTE: All fees are waived for applicants who are 70 years of age or older.
IDENTIFICATION: You must bring a valid photo identification. This includes a valid Massachusetts Drivers License and/or Massachusetts Identification Card.
LTC or FID: Renewal candidates should bring their current or expired LTC or FID.
CITIZENSHIP: Naturalized citizens are required to bring a Naturalization Certificate, which should include the date, number, and location (city/state) of naturalization. Renewal will not require proof of citizenship.
RESIDENCY: Applicants are required to bring one (1) of the following documents to prove Somerville residency and/or business location: utility invoice, credit card invoice, certified voter registration and/or business registration. NOTE: The forms listed above are the only forms accepted as proof of residency. Insurance invoices and/ or documents from registry of Motor Vehicles will not be accepted.
FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE: First time LTC or FID applicants are required attend a State certified Massachusetts Hunter Safety and/or Massachusetts State Police Basic Firearms Safety course. A certificate from either course will be required on the date of your appointment. This does not apply to renewal candidates.
LETTER to LICENSING AUTHORITY: If you are applying for an LTC you must submit a letter addressed to Captain James Donovan specifying the reasons that you are requesting a license. NOTE: If you are applying for the purpose of employment, you will also be required to submit a letter from your employer supporting your claim.
APPOINTMENTS: All applications are processed and submitted for review by appointment only.
Massachusetts Residents should use this form to apply for or renew a LTC or FID card at their local police department.