Important Notice Regarding New York Pistol Permit Re-Certification

If your New York State Pistol Permit was issued before January 15, 2013, as per the NY SAFE Act, you MUST re-certify to New York State Police prior to January 31, 2018. If the issue date of your permit is after January 15, 2013 you must re-certify five years from said date of issue.

 Even if you didn’t receive a letter you must re-certify.

Please visit:

There you can re-certify online, download the hard copy form, access some frequently asked questions and check the status of your re-certification.

You can re-certify online or in Paper form. To re-certify, the license holder must provide:

  • Some basic identifying information (name, address, pistol permit number, date of birth, ).
  • All handguns that they possess including handguns that are co-registered with another

If you wish to re-certify in paper format, we can provide you with a printout of your firearms information.

We strongly recommend that you complete the “opt out” section on the re-certification form. It is also a good time to check with us to make sure you have one on file here locally.

If the form is submitted electronically the permit holder will receive a receipt that can be printed out. If you choose to re-certify via the “hard copy” form, we strongly encourage you to mail the form to State Police using some trackable format (i.e. Certified Mail).

The responsibility of the permit holder will be fulfilled when the recertification form is submitted to the State Police. If you wish to check the status of your re-certification you may do so by visiting the website above.

According to the Law, the failure to re-certify within the prescribed period “shall act as a revocation of such license” which may result in the loss of all firearms including long arms.

Though you may disagree with re-certification, the best way to protect yourself legally is to just do it. The information that you are confirming and providing is information that the State Police and the Locality should already have.

If you have any questions, need a form, or any other information, please do not hesitate to visit our office or contact us and we will do our very best to assist you.

This is an extremely important issue. Please help us by sharing this information with  your fellow pistol permit holders throughout New York State!