Firearms Licensing & Solicitation Permits

Firearms Licensing & Solicitation Permits
Renewal Applicants

An appointment must be made with a firearms licensing official to renew your license.  Call one of the officers listed to the right under Questions and leave your name and phone number.  You will receive a return phone call with appointment information.  You will be required to show proof of residency in Rockland, and have a money order in the amount of $100.00 payable to the Town Of Rockland.  Cash/credit cards/personal checks are not accepted. Note:  For new Rockland residents that are renewing a License to Carry or FID issued by another agency, you are required to show proof of completing an approved Firearms Safety Course which must include a LIVE FIRE COMPONENT or proof that you held a license prior to June 1, 1998.


Please review all the information under Renewal Applicants to answer most questions. All other questions regarding your LTC/FID application or other related licensing issues can be directed to Officer Jeffrey Direnzo @ 781-871-3890 ext 124 or Detective James Casper @ ext 123.

Check FID Issue Date

Important Note:  IF YOU HAVE AN OLD VERSION OF THE FID CARD, (issued prior to 1998) it is expired, despite the fact it says that it never expires. There is no exception for the possession of any firearms, rifles or shotguns under an expired FID card. Do not carry or transport any arms out of your home under any circumstances. We would advise you to secure any weapons with a properly licensed friend, relative or firearms dealer until such time as you obtain the proper permit.

Steps to follow in applying for a license (new applicants)

A certificate of completion of a Firearms Safety Course approved by the Mass State Police is required to be shown at the time of the appointment.  The safety course must include a LIVE FIRE COMPONENT.  This is required by state law for all new issue permits after June 1, 1998. Check with your local sportsman’s club or go to to find a certified training program.  Officer Direnzo can also provide you with a list of local instructors. Once you have completed an approved firearms safety course an appointment must be made to complete the process. Please call the numbers listed above (under Questions) and leave your full name and phone number.  A firearms licensing official will return your call within 2-4 days.

For first time applicants and prior to your appointment, an application must be completely filled out, printed (legibly) or typed out, dated and signed.  You can find the application below under “Applications and Forms”.  When answering the application questions be as accurate, truthful and complete as possible as an inaccurate or deceptive answer is in of itself a disqualifier. A money order made out to the Town of Rockland in the amount of $100.00 shall be required on the date of your appointment with the firearms licensing official. Cash/credit cards/personal checks are not accepted.

On the date of your appointment you must bring

  • Completely filled out application
  • Massachusetts Driver’s License or some other type of government-issued identification
  • your original certificate of completion of the Firearms Safety Course
  • proof of residency in Rockland, and
  • money order payable to the Town of Rockland in the proper amount.

At the time of your appointment a background check of criminal and other histories shall be completed and a set of fingerprints shall be obtained. These fingerprints shall be sent to the Mass State Police by the firearms licensing official. Depending of their workload this may take several weeks. You will receive an answer regarding your application within 40 days.

Helpful Information

License Types

License to Carry

allows the holder to purchase, possess and transport Handguns, Rifles and Shotguns, as well as their respective feeding devices. It further allows the bearer to carry a concealed handgun in public. This is the only license that allows this. A License to Carry is a “discretionary issue” permit, with part of the criteria being the issuing authority’s (Chief of Police) determination that the applicant is a “suitable” person. The Chief of Police also has the authority to impose any restrictions he deems proper on the terms of the license.

Firearms Identification Card (FID)

allows the holder to purchase, possess and transport non-large capacity rifles and shotguns. It also allows a handgun to be kept in the home or place of business only if the handgun was purchased with a Permit to Purchase. It does not, under any circumstances, allow the carrying or transport of any handgun in public by the FID holder.

Firearms Identification Card (FID restricted)

As of January 2015, a permit is no longer required to purchase, possess and carry aerosol incapacitating sprays such as “Mace” or pepper spray, if you are 18 years of age or older.  Persons 15 years of age to 17 years of age are allowed to purchase, possess and carry aerosol incapacitating sprays such as “Mace” or pepper spray with written parent authorization and completion of application.  These items can only be purchased through an ammunition dealer licensed in Massachusetts.

Solicitation Permit