How to Apply for a NYS Pistol Permit


Owning a handgun is legal in the state of New York, but only after obtaining a permit from your local police or sheriff's office. Applying for a permit involves filling out paperwork, paying a fee and disclosing any prior criminal history. Your application will be denied if you have a history of arrest or conviction, if you fail to disclose your full criminal history or if you have a history of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. A department may also deny permits if it believes you are not fit for a permit.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver's license
  • Three recent passport-sized photos
  • Obtain a copy of the New York handgun permit application. The application is available at or at your local police station or county clerk.

  • Fill out the application entirely, using a computer or typewriter. New York requires the application to be typed. The application must also be complete, including name, address and date of birth.

  • Have the application notarized.

  • Return the paperwork to the police headquarters, county clerk or sheriff's office in the county where you live.

  • Have the department take your fingerprints. Only a licensed police agency may complete a fingerprint identification card.

  • Pay the application fee and the fingerprint fee, if applicable.

  • Wait to be notified about the outcome of your application, and then pick up your permit. The issuing agency will require you to put your thumbprint on the back of the permit, which you will take to the dealer when picking up your handgun.

Tips & Warnings

  • To qualify for a pistol license in New York State, you must be at least 21 and be a resident of the county in which you are applying for the license.
  • It's very important to disclose your entire criminal history in the application, or it will be rejected.

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