Pistol Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a New York State Pistol/Handgun License


Please do not call the Pistol Office for help registering for a fingerprinting appointment or the Handgun Safety Course. For all registration inquiries, contact the Civilian Tactical Handgun Training Unit at 845-291-3024 or email handguntraining@orangecountygov.com.

Step One: Register to be Fingerprinted 


1.    To create an account at the Civilian Tactical Handgun Training website, click the button that says, “Log In/Create Account”. This button is located on the left, just below the graphic of the targets. A pop-up box will appear. Fill in all information requested. When you have successfully created your account, refresh your browser, and sign in with the username and password you just created. 

2.    Click the illuminated blue tab that says, “Fingerprinting For Handgun License”. Select and pay for an available fingerprinting appointment. A session is available if you see displayed 0/1 and you are able to continue through the prompts to payment. A session is full if you see displayed 1/1 and a prompt appears that says "session is full". There is only one registrant per thirty-minute session.  

3.    Continue through the online prompts to make a payment. The fee for fingerprinting is $111.50 and must be paid at the time of registration. You may pay with a credit or debit card. Registration for a fingerprinting appointment is non-refundable. Do NOT miss your appointment. If you have an emergency prior to your scheduled appointment, call the Pistol Office at 845-291-7932.

4.  The last page you will see is the receipt of payment. Check to make sure the receipt has you listed for the fingerprint appointment you intended to select. Locate the print and email buttons at the top of the receipt to print or have a copy emailed to you. Check your Spam or Junk folder if you do not see it in your inbox. It is highly recommended that you keep a copy of your registration receipt and bring it to your fingerprinting appointment.

4.    For help with the registration process, see the Menu Tab HOW TO REGISTER located at the top of the registration site’s main page. If you have trouble with the registration process, contact the Civilian Tactical Handgun Training Unit at 845-291-4005. Do not call the Pistol Permit Office with registration questions.

5.    Fingerprinting takes place at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office located at 110 Wells Farm Road, Goshen, NY 10924. This is the only facility in Orange County authorized to fingerprint applicants for the New York State Handgun License. If you live in Orange County, you must use the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for your fingerprinting.

   To register for a fingerprinting appointment, click HERE.

Step Two: Register for the Handgun Safety Course 

After you have registered for a fingerprinting appointment, register for the Handgun Safety Course. This course is required by all applicants unless trained through Law Enforcement or the Military.  You will have 120 days from the date of your fingerprinting appointment (not the date you registered for fingerprinting) to complete the Handgun Safety Course. (See instructions below under Step Five).

 These options are available to you in obtaining the Handgun Safety Course and Certificate of Completion. 

A.    Register for the Handgun Safety Course taught at the Sheriff’s Office. You will use the same account sign-in you created when you registered for your fingerprinting appointment.

→  To register for the Handgun Safety Course taught at the Sheriff’s Office, click HERE.

B.    Contact an instructor from the Orange County Instructor List. The list is available HERE.

C.    Take the course from an area-certified Handgun Instructor of your choosing. Read the letter from the Orange County Judges HERE.

Step Three: Prepare for Fingerprinting 

You must complete and bring the following completed forms with you to your fingerprinting appointment. Two forms must be notarized prior to arrival at your appointment. Click the links below to download and print all forms. The forms may also be picked up in person at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Unit (normal business hours).  

Items you must bring to your fingerprinting appointment:

1.    Pistol Permit Pedigree Sheet (PPS-01)

2.    Arrest / Charge Affidavit (PPS-02)- (Notarize before arrival)

3.    Authorization for release of personal information (PPS-24)- (Notarize before arrival)

4.    Pistol Permit Applicant Address History (PPS-25)

5.    Valid Identification (Driver’s License)  

 To download and print the required forms click HERE.

Step Four: Your Fingerprinting Appointment 

A.    At your fingerprinting appointment, you will be provided with two copies of your STATE OF NEW YORK PISTOL / REVOLVER LICENSE APPLICATION, a packet of supplemental documents, and a Checklist for you to complete.  

B.    Within two weeks of your fingerprinting appointment, you will be contacted by the Investigator assigned to your application file. The Investigator assigned to your file is the person you will communicate with regarding your background investigation, application completion, and returning of the required documents.

Step Five: Return Your Completed Application

Once you have completed and secured all your required documents and completed your Handgun Safety Course, you are to return the completed documents to the Pistol Permit Office. Contact the Investigator assigned to your case to schedule an appointment to return your completed application. If during the processing of your application, there is additional paperwork or information required from you, your Investigator will let you know. 

You must return all documents and the Handgun Safety Course Certificate to the Pistol Permit Unit within 120 days of your fingerprinting appointment.         

 The review and decision process, which includes the review by the Licensing Authorities (Judges), may take several months, depending on the time necessary to complete a thorough review of your application and, due to the current volume of applicants within the process.