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Retired Law Enforcement Officers Identification Act

  • Pursuant to the provisions of the Retired Law Enforcement Officers Identification Act, 53 P.S. §753.4, and the Rules and Regulations related to such, 37 Pa. Code §§221.21-221.25, upon request all criminal agents who have retired from the Office of Attorney General and meet the eligibility requirements stated below will be issued a retired law enforcement office identification card (ID card). All requests must be submitted on the Application for Retired Law Enforcement Officer's Identification Card. The procedures for issuing the ID card are listed below. Questions regarding the issuance of these cards may be directed to Tammy Ruth at 717-783-1860.

    • The individual completes the Application for Retired Law Enforcement Officer's Identification Card and submits the completed application to the Management Services Division along with a $15 fee in the form of a check payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    • The individual meets the following eligibility conditions as provided for in the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act, 53 P.S. §753.7, and specifically outlined in the Rules and Regulations, 37 Pa. Code §221.21:
      • Retired in good standing, for reasons other than mental instability, from service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer as determined by the current head of that public agency.
      • Before retirement, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest.
      • Before retirement, was regularly employed as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 15 years or more or retired from service with a public agency, after completing any applicable probationary period of service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by the public agency.
      • Has a nonforfeitable right to benefits under the retirement plan of the public agency.
      • Is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving or possessing a firearm.
       
    • ID cards will not be issued to anyone other than those agents who meet the requirements of the Act and Rules and Regulations listed previously.
    • The Human Resources Section determines the individual meets the above eligibility conditions.
      Once eligibility has been established, a Management Services Division staff member will contact the individual to schedule a date for the issuance of the ID card. In order to receive the ID card, the individual is required to be present at the OAG headquarters to be photographed and to sign the card.
    • If an ID card is lost, stolen, destroyed, mutilated or becomes illegible, the retired criminal agent may obtain a replacement ID card upon request and payment of the $15 fee. The retired criminal agent shall submit a request on the application form found on the OAG website. If the lost card is found, it must be immediately returned to the Management Services Division.
    • If the ID card must be replaced because information has changed, or is in error from the information originally set forth, the retired criminal agent shall submit the request on the application form found on the OAG website. The $15 fee will be required. The OAG shall produce a new ID card within 15 days of the receipt of payment. If the error is caused by the OAG, no fee will be charged.
    • New cards will not be issued due to a change in Administration.

    Click here to download the Application for the Retired Law Enforcement Officers Identification Application.