QUICK GUIDE: How to Get Your MA Non-Resident License to Carry

QUICK GUIDE: How to get your MA Non-Resident License to Carry

For those folks that live in the states that border Massachusetts and carry a concealed firearm, it is good practice to obtain a MA Non-Resident License to Carry. This is especially true if you wish to pass through the state without issue or make any substantial stops within the state. There have been some recent changes to the process that you need to be aware of so be sure to continue reading.

If you can carry a firearm in your home state, you should be allowed to do so lawfully in Massachusetts with the appropriate permit.


Just like with the process we outlined in our post on How to Get Your Massachusetts License to Carry the process is pretty straight forward:

  1. Take an Approved Basic Firearms Safety Course, such as our MA Gun Safety Course, from a certified instructor.
  2. Download and complete the application
  3. Send it in to the Firearms Record Bureau and wait to receive notification of your appointment being scheduled
  4. Show up and complete the process.

Like I said… pretty simple. The only real hitch is the fact that you need to renew your MA Non-Resident License to Carry every year… which will cost you $100.

You can get the application here.


Ah yes…. license to carry restrictions. They happen to be the bane of many a gun owner here in Massachusetts.

Some of the restrictions that are possible are: 

  • NONE – the LTC is issued for all lawful purposes with no restrictions. Applicant must show good reason to fear injury to his person or property.
  • EMPLOYMENT – restricts possession to business owner engaged in business activities or to an employee while engaged in work related activities, and maintaining proficiency, where the employer requires carry of a firearm (i.e. armored car, security guard, etc.). Includes travel to and from activity location.
  • TARGET & HUNTING – restricts possession to the purpose of lawful recreational shooting or competition; for use in the lawful pursuit of game animals and birds; for personal protection in the home; and for the purpose of collecting (other than machine guns). Includes travel to and from activity location
  • SPORTING – restricts possession to the purpose of lawful recreational shooting or competition; for use in the lawful pursuit of game animals and birds; for personal protection in the home; for the purpose of collecting (other than machine guns); and for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, camping, cross country skiing, or similar activities. Includes travel to and from activity location.
  • NO CARRY OUTSIDE RESTRICTION – allows possession of a firearm in MA provided the firearm is unloaded and locked in a container; licensee may possess and use firearm during restricted activity (employment, target, hunting, sporting) and during travel to and from activity location.

So what can be done?

There are really two solutions to this:

  1. Be able to show a good reason to fear for your life or property
  2. Have a license to carry in your home state.

Let’s break in to this a bit.

  1. If you have a concealed carry permit in your home state you more likely than not have already been vetted to the N’th power regarding your suitability to lawfully carry a firearm. That being said… it is highly unlikely that the MA Firearms Records Bureau will deny or restrict your MA Non-Resident License to Carry. This is due to the fact that they would have to argue that somehow you’re incapable of carrying a firearm in Massachusetts, but can do so within your home state.
  2. Be able to show a good reason! Have you been the victim of a violent crime? Do you carry large sums of cash or expensive equipment? Do you work as a firearms instructor? Do you own a business in Massachusetts.

Either of these reasons are helpful in getting your MA Non-Resident License to Carry. The bottom line is you do need to show a need or otherwise position yourself as there being zero reason for being denied the license.



It will cost you $100 to for your initial application. As a non-resident, you will have to renew your license to carry every year as well… which will cost you $100. The good news is you will be able to renew this license by mail for the next four years after your initial application. The sixth year will require you to apply in person again to renew.

Pain in the ass? Yep. But… you will be able to carry your concealed firearm in Massachusetts which will be worth its cost.


You will have your own reasons to get your MA Non-Resident License to Carry. The bottom line is you will not be able to get the process going until you decide to make the commitment to get it. Is it a process… but if you need help, let us know and we will guide you along!

Any Questions?

Do you have questions about getting your MA Non-Resident License to Carry? Leave your questions in the comment box below and we will answer them! Also don’t forget to share!




Robert Curran

Rob is co-owner of Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training and is a USMC veteran and active Law Enforcement Officer. Rob is a Sig Sauer Master Rated Firearms Instructor and holds several other ratings from various institutions.

  • Rick
    Posted at 17:18h, 02 February Reply

    “Have a license to carry in your home state.”

    That did not seem to come into play at my interview. Nor did the other permits that I have, that I had a MA LTC for 401 years, and the training that I had.

    It was emphasized that the “need” would have to be “current”. although historical events would be taken into account.

    After 3 1/2 months, I got my unrestricted non-res LTC. Yay!

  • Rick
    Posted at 17:19h, 02 February Reply

    Sorry, That should have been “41 years”, not “401 years”.

  • Daniel R Vossler
    Posted at 08:37h, 05 February Reply

    Hi Rob,
    Glad to see you guys are doing well with Tac Dyn, I was a student of your from previous years. Mostly from when King 33 was open. Last February I took the NRA Instructors course as well as the MA course and have yet to do anything with getting my MA LTC. Is there a time limit from when i take the course to when i apply.? Do i have to take the MA course again.?

    • Rob Curran
      Posted at 09:45h, 05 February Reply

      Hi Dan,

      You should be good to go. Let me know if you need any assistance with your certificate.


      • Daniel R Vossler
        Posted at 19:10h, 05 February Reply

        Awesome, Yes, i will if needed. I’m hoping with warmer weather around the corner i will have more time for training. Stay in the fight.

  • Neil Laudon
    Posted at 15:46h, 05 February Reply

    I have LTC in my home state that is unrestricted however Ma only issued me a large capacity with sporting restriction.
    I also have full LTC in Ct Ut. NH. RI.

    • Rob Curran
      Posted at 15:13h, 07 February Reply

      When did you apply and receive your Non-Resident?

  • Mike lemnon
    Posted at 08:00h, 23 March Reply

    I had a f.id. for over 20 years. I went for the up grade to a l.t.c. took the course and applied. Took about 12 months to get it . But it’s restricted to sporting . Now it’s 6 years later and I want to remove restrictions, but need a real good resin. Don’t know what to say. It’s a trap . They think you want the up grade because your going to kill some one. And the same when you buy a gun . .
    What should I do . ???

  • Paul
    Posted at 23:06h, 10 May Reply

    Have an RI CCW and live in RI but work in Mass… I’m going to try to get my non-resident carry license if I get it can I carry my gun that is legal to carry in RI but is banned In Mass? My EDC has an 11 round capacity.

  • Denise Doucette
    Posted at 13:43h, 27 May Reply

    Asking for my boyfriend…he owns a business in mass, but lives and has a concealed carry in N.H. is there an expidtied process for business owners at all? And we heard it takes about 6 months to get a mass concealed carry.. and does he need to take any classes as a requirement?

  • Devin S
    Posted at 20:50h, 10 October Reply


    I applied for my Non-Resident LTC May 2018 and had an interview in July but I am still waiting for something, anything to come in the mail. I have called them only 2 times during this whole process and the only thing I am told is it will take 90 days and my application is in Review status. My main reason for wanting my LTC is for work purposes which I have provided a letter from my employer stating the need. As far as I am concerned there is nothing that would disqualify me. Is it normal to take this long? Or should I take another step? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to anyone who responds to this.

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