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New York is one of the toughest states to obtain a conceal carry permit.

It must be known, there are separate laws for New York City compared to New York state.

New York state operates on a “May Issue” policy at the county level which means the sheriff of the county makes the final decision for issuing a permit. New York city is the most restrictive to obtain a handgun, followed by other cities of higher population in New York.

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Requirements to qualify for a New York pistol license

  • Must be 21 years of age or older, provided, however, that where such applicant has been honorably discharged from the United States army, navy, marine corps, air force or coast guard, or the national guard of the state of New York, no such age restriction shall apply.
  • Some counties may require you to complete a firearms safety course.
  • Reside or maintain a principal place of business within the county application is filed in.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Is not subject to a protective court order.
  • Show proper cause exists for the issuance of a carry license, including, for example, target shooting, hunting, or self-defense.
  • Have no prior conviction for a felony or other serious offense under NYS Penal Law.
  • No good cause exists for the denial of the license.
  • Not be residing in the United States illegally or unlawfully.
  • Not have been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa.
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Have not had a guardian appointed for him or her pursuant to any provision of state law, based on a determination that as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness, incapacity, condition or disease, he or she lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his or her own affairs.
  • Be free from any mental disorders, defects or diseases that would impair his or her ability to safely possess or use a firearm.
  • Have not been involuntarily committed to a facility under the jurisdiction of the department of mental hygiene.
  • Have not had a license revoked or who is not under a suspension or ineligibility order.
  • Federal Law Requirements

How to apply for a New York pistol license

Follow these steps to obtain a pistol license;

There are so many laws and regulations in New York regarding guns and licenses that obtaining a permit can be a long process. There are 59 licensing jurisdictions and each one has a slightly different procedure. We have used Erie County as an example but the process will vary with each county.

  1. You may need to do a handgun safety course in some counties.
  2. Download the State application in the forms section on this page. You will need the State form and a County form, we only have the State form available.
  3. You will need four character references and two 2" x 2" photos.
  4. You must submit the applications in person.
  5. The Fingerprinting process is explained and done after you submit your application.
  6. You will undergo various background checks by New York State, FBI and an interview by local police.
  7. Your Application is then submitted to one of the Licensing Judges for consideration.
  8. You will be notified by mail of your approval or denial.
  9. If approved, you can purchase and/or co-register a handgun.

More counties are now issuing CCW licenses to non-residents. In fact in 2013 the  US Court of Appeals ruled that a non-resident was entitled to a license, though the person in question lived part time in New York.

400.00.3 New York Penal Code - Non-resident permits

How to renew your New York pistol license

Renewal procedures vary for each of the 59 licensing jurisdictions.

Licenses valid for - 5 years
Nassua, Suffolk and Westchester counties

Licenses valid for - 2 years
New York City

Licenses valid for - Lifetime
Most other counties

All handgun licenses in New York state now need to be re-certified every five years with the New York State Police.

  • You will need to provide the following information every 5 years;
    • Date of Birth
    • Gender
    • Race
    • Address
    • Social Security number
    • Firearms possessed
  • If you do not supply this information then after 5 years your license will be invalid and you will need to apply for a new license.
  • Recertification applies to all counties and types of handgun licenses including lifetime licenses.
  • All the counties located upstate with the exception of Westchester have a lifetime license.

Schedule of fee's for a New York pistol license

Fees vary for each county but are similar to the fees listed here.

Application Type Original Renewal
Individual $20 $10 varies by county
Duplicate $18
Name, Address change $3
County transfer $8

Acccepted forms of payment
Certified check, cashiers check or money order.

An additional fee of $10 may be charged for processing your fingerprints.

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    Places Allowed

    • Forestry lands, owned and maintained by the State University of New York College of environmental science and forestry
    • All areas of the state – except those listed as Off-Limits.

    Places Not Allowed

    • Courthouses
    • Government buildings – in certain cities and counties
    • New York airports
    • Building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college, or university
    • Within the city of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city
    • At any facility operated or licensed by the Office of Mental Health
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

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    NO There are no laws in New York statutes that mention open carry. Technically you could say it is legal by default. You may get away with it in some rural counties but if you try to open carry in town you will get a whole lot of problems. You could also raise the argument that a license is issued to conceal carry, hence the weapon must be concealed. To carry any firearm in New York you need a New York license.
    NO It is illegal to possess a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle without a valid New York License to Carry. However, federal law does permit a person to transport a firearm through New York state. We suggest you read the Transporting Firearms section on this page for more details and would not recommend you to rely on the Federal law in this state. If you have a New York pistol license then you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.
    NO It is illegal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: NO – Section 190 Dept. Lands State/National Forests: NO – Section 190 Dept. lands State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – Section 190 Dept. lands Road Side Rest Areas: NO – 17 CRR-NY IV C 156.12
    YES “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
    UNKNOWN – We have not been able to find any statutes on gun signs in New York.
    NO There is no legal requirement to inform law enforcement you are carrying a handgun. However, the law does state you must carry your pistol license at all times when you have a handgun on your person and you must display the license to an officer if he requests to see your license. N.Y. Pen. Law § 400.00

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