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Retired Law Enforcement Officers Identification Act

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Many questions have been forwarded to MPOETC regarding extensions of RLEIA qualifications due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The requirement to qualify every 12 months is established in federal statute and so no one in this Commonwealth has the authority to grant extensions or waive qualification requirements.  Individuals who are unable to qualify and are concerned about the legality of carrying their firearm should forward those questions and concerns to their members of Congress requesting guidance.

On July 22, 2004, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). The intent of LEOSA was to exempt qualified current and retired law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons while traveling from state to state. LEOSA requires that the retired law enforcement officer have a photographic identification card which identifies them as a retired law enforcement officer.  LEOSA also requires that the retired law enforcement officer maintain an annual qualification with their firearm.

In response to LEOSA, on December 13, 2005, the Governor signed Act 79, the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (RLEIA). RLEIA tasked the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) with establishing uniform identification and qualification cards for retired law enforcement officers in PA and a method of conducting annual firearms qualifications for such individuals.

The final regulations for the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (Act 79 of 2005) were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on September 12, 2009 and ammended (as noted) in December 2014.  You may obtain forms and additional information by following links listed below.

Federal Law (Title 18 §926B-§926C, LEOSA)
Pennsylvania Law (Act 79 of 2005, RLEIA)
Regulations (37 PA Code, Chapter 221)>

Roles and Responsibilities

Public (Law Enforcement) Agencies
Retired Officers
Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
Sheriff's Office

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