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Information Guide: Pistol Permits

Information Guide: Pistol Permits

Please note that Pistol Permit holders are now subject to recertification every FIVE (5) YEARS.

NEW SERVICE – By appointment


(Excludes Co-registering, Restriction changes and Transfers)

$10.00 plus amendment fees

Make an appointment,

bring your purchase receipt,

proof of NYS Safe Act certification and ID,

And receive your new permit card(s) while you wait.

Click Here for Instructions for Completing a Pistol Permit Application

Click Here for Amendment Instructions and Form

Click Here for Co-Registering Form 

  1. How do I get a pistol license application?
    Applications cannot be printed off website.

    In person:
    With a $5.00 fee
    By mail: Sullivan County Clerk, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701.  Sullivan County Clerk, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701.  Mail requests must provide name, address, telephone number and an $8.00 fee (check or money order made out to Sullivan County Clerk).
  2. What are the requirements?
    You must reside in New York State, and apply in the county in which you reside.
  3. How old must I be?
    21 years of age to apply for a license and to also purchase a pistol on your own.
  4. How much does it cost?
    There is a $5.00 fee to pick up the application via an appointment, there is an $8.00 fee to mail an application to you, a $10.00 processing fee for the Sullivan County Clerk and approximately a $125.00 fingerprint fee at the time of electronic fingerprinting. 
  5. How long does it take to process?
    Approximately six to eight months on average, but it may take longer for some applications.
  6. For what purpose can I obtain a pistol license?
    Target shooting, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping.
  7. What if I want to upgrade my license?
    You can apply for an upgrade at the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office, or fill out and sign this amendment form and mail or drop it off at our office. Upgrades will be granted at the discretion of the Judge.
  8. What if I’ve been arrested or convicted of a crime before?
    You must submit a certified copy of disposition.
  9. Must the character references on my application reside in Sullivan County?
    Yes, your character references must be a legal resident of Sullivan County or an adjoining county.
  10. For how long is the pistol license valid?
    There is no expiration date on New York State pistol licenses.
  11. Must I be a citizen of the United States to get a pistol license?
    No, but if you are not a U.S. citizen, you must submit 2 copies of your green card.
  12. When and where can I be fingerprinted?
    Fingerprints are now being electronically submitted. Call toll-free 877-472-6915, or go on line at to make an appointment.  When you call you will be required to give an ORI number and location. The ORI number is NY052013J the location is Clerk-Pistol Permit Monticello, NY 12701.
  13. When and where can I get my pictures taken?
    Pictures may be taken at the location of your choice. We can take photos as well for a fee of $15.00
  14. What should I do when I move, change my employer, or wish to buy or sell a pistol?
    Fill out and sign this form and mail or drop it off at our office.
  15. What if one of my pistols is stolen?
    If a pistol is stolen it must be reported to both the Police and the Pistol License Office in the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office.
  16. Can I co-register a pistol with another person?
    Yes, but it must be listed on each registrant's pistol license and is only allowed between immediate family members. Each Co-Registrant must fill out an amendment form. Also, the original owner of the gun needs to fill out a Co-Registering form (notarized). You can find these forms here. Once completed, mail or drop off completed forms to our office. 
  17. How many pistols can I own?
    There is no limit to the number of pistols you can own. However, upon purchase of a 10th pistol, you must submit proof of a locked safe, and submit a sworn affidavit in this regard.
  18. Who should I call if I have further questions?
    Call the Pistol License Office in the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office at (845) 807-0416/0417. The office is located at 100 North Street, Monticello, New York, 12701. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. 
  19. How do I recertify my license under the NYS Safe Act?
    Per the NYS Safe Act, permit holders are required to recertify their status every 5 years.  It is your responsibility to recertify your permit whether you receive a notification letter or not.  Failure to recertify every 5 years shall act as a revocation of the permit.

    Recertification can be submitted online at NYS Safe Act .

    or mailed-in using this paper form.

    The status of submitted recertification forms can be conveniently checked by going to NYS Safe Act..  Forms are also available at State Police stations throughout the state and can be mailed to the return address listed on the form. 

    NYSP Pistol Permit Bureau can be contacted at 855-529-4867 for further information.