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Pistol Permit Unit

General Information


REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be 21 years of age, a resident of New York State; or if you are a business owner, your principal place of business must be in New York State to apply for a permit. In either case, you apply to the county in which you live or have your principal place of business.

FEE: A Money Order in the amount of $97.00 made payable to the Commissioner of Finance.

PURPOSE or REASON For the Permit: Application requires the use: sporting, business, or full carry.

PROCESSING TIME: The background investigation for a pistol permit takes approximately 2 months but is dependent upon the applicant’s diligence and timely submission of documents.

EXPIRATION: No expiration date on NYS pistol permits in Orange County.

HANDGUN SAFETY COURSE: Must be completed and certificate must accompany the Pistol Permit application.



AMENDMENTS: Any and all changes to your existing Pistol Permit must be done through the County Clerk’s Office. Please print the amendment form (provided at link below), follow instructions and submit the amendment form in duplicate.  Amendments to your existing Pistol Permit are $5.00 per transaction.

PLASTICARD: (laminated ID license card) can be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office by processing an amendment form for a duplicate permit ($5.00 fee)

TRANSACTIONS BY MAIL: To receive your pistol permit application status, amendment to pistol permit, or duplicate pistol permit in the mail, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.


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