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A "current" License to Carry, as of October 21,1998 is now automatically considered a Class A License to Carry. It is valid until the expiration date listed upon it at which time renewel is required. Note: It should be renewed before expiration as there is currently no "grace period" allowed.

A "current" F.I.D. card will expire on your birthday in 1999 if you were born between July 1 and December 31. It will expire on your birthday in the year 2000 if your birthday falls between January 1 and June 30. Currently owned "high capacity" rifles or shotguns may continue to be possessed until FID expiration. At that time you must apply for a class B LTC if you wish to continue possession of such rifles or shotguns.

New FID or LTC permits require a certificate from a Basic Firearms Safety course. Currently accepted courses are listed below.

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: In addition to your certification as an instructor in one of the listed courses you must also have a certificate from the Massachusetts State Police.

An application for certification as a BFS instructor can be aquired by mail from the Department of State Police, Licensing Unit, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702.

By phone from Jessie Perrin (MA State Police) 508-820-2209

By E-mail from; ask for BFS instructor application and we'll mail out a copy (don't forget to include your postal address).

Basic Firearms Safety Courses Approved In Accordance
with M.G.L. c. 140, 131P and 515 CMR 3.00
L.T.C. Basic Firearms Safety Courses
Certified Course Title Certification Number
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Basic Handgun LTC-001
NRA Basic Pistol Course LTC-002
NRA Personal Protection Course LTC-003
SIG Arms Academy Handgun Orientation Course LTC-004
Smith & Wesson Academy Massachusetts Carry Permit Course LTC-005
MCJTC Recruit Firearms Training Course LTC-006
NRA Home Safety Course LTC-007
Worcester Police Department Firearms responsibility and Safety Program LTC-008
Mass Sheriffs' Association's Firearms Safety & Handling Course LTC-009
B.F.S.I. Handgun Safety Course LTC-010
MSP Recruit Firearms Training Program LTC-011
*The NRA Home Safety Course which was previously certified for F.I.D. Cards only (course FID-002)has been reclassified for LTC.
F.I.D. Card Basic Firearms Safety Courses
Certified Course Title Certification Number
NRA Basic Rifle or Shotgun Courses FID-001
SIG Arms Academy Firearms Orientation and Familiarization
Courses for Shotgun, Carbine or Rifle
Smith & Wesson Academy Massachusetts F.I.D. Safety Course FID-004
Note: In addition to the courses listed under F.I.D. Cards, courses listed under L.T.C. Basic Firearms Safety Courses are approved safety courses for the purpose of issuing F.I.D. Basic Firearms Safety Certificates.
This list may be supplemented periodically

Refer to Department of State Police Web site:

Pursuant M.G.L. c. 140, 131P and 515 CMR 3.05(4), additional courses may be
approved on an individual basis at the discretion of the Colonel of the Department of State Police.

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