The Orange County Sheriff's Office conducts background investigations into Pistol Permit applications for presentation to the Orange County Court Judges, who make issuance determinations. Following are the steps required for you, the applicant, to submit an application.
- 1. Via the links below, download, print, and complete the Pistol Permit Pedigree Sheet (PPS-01) and the Arrest / Charge Affidavit (PPS-02, MUST BE READ CAREFULLY and NOTARIZED).
- 2. Call the Pistol Permit Unit at (845) 291-7932 and make an appointment to be fingerprinted. Fingerprinting takes place at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (located at 110 Wells Farm Rd., Goshen, NY) on Monday and Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 2:00pm to 6:00pm, and the first and third Saturday of the month from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
- 3. When you arrive for your fingerprinting appointment, you will need:
- a. The completed Pistol Permit Pedigree Sheet (PPS-01)
- b. Completed and Notarized Arrest / Charge Affidavit (PPS-02)
- c. Valid Identification (Driver’s License)
- d. A check or Money Order in the amount of $99.75 made payable to the Orange County Commissioner of Finance
- 4. Upon completion of being fingerprinted, you will immediately be provided two copies of your STATE OF NEW YORK PISTOL / REVOLVER LICENSE APPLICATION as well as a packet of supplemental documents. An Investigator will review all of the documents you will need to complete and return within 60 days. All documents must be completed in black ink only.
- 5. Once you have completed and secured all of your required documents, you will submit them to an Investigator at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and a final interview will be scheduled. Return your application with all documents between the hours of 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, between the hours of 9:00am to 1:00pm on Wednesday, or between the hours of 9:00am to 12:00pm on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month.
- 6. At your final interview, an Investigator will review all of your paperwork with you and verify the application is complete and ready for submission.
Instructions will be provided for all the documents you will need to complete and provide. However, if you have any questions, please call the Pistol Permit Unit at (845)291-7932.
As a Pistol Permit applicant, you are required to complete a Handgun Safety Course and a certificate must accompany the Pistol Permit Application. A Handgun Safety Course is conveniently offered at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (*link to registration*). A list of Instructors is available by clicking on the link below. Additional Training courses, including Fundamentals of Tactical Handgun (FOTH), Tactical Mindset (TM), and Tactical Decision Making (TDM) are available through the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Handgun Safety Course is a pre-requisite but does not require a Pistol Permit).
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 $99.75 made payable to the Commissioner of Finance. Amendments to your existing Pistol Permit are $5.00 per transaction.
HANDGUN SAFETY COURSE: Must be completed and certificate must accompany the Pistol Permit Application. A Handgun Safety Course is conveniently offered at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and a list of Instructors is provided to applicants.
PURPOSE or REASON For the Permit: Application requires the use: sporting, business, or full carry.
FINGERPRINTING: for your pistol permit application takes place at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (located at 110 Wells Farm Rd., Goshen, NY) on Monday and Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 2:00pm to 6:00pm, and the first and third Saturday of the month 9:00am to 12:00pm. (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, PLEASE CALL 845-291-7932)
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.
COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE:
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.
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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