Pistol Permit Application Process


Following are the steps required for you, the applicant, to submit an application:

Step 2 and Step 3 are interchangeable.

  1. Create an Online account (Click here) and select
  2. Schedule a Handgun Safety Course. (Required by all applicants)- (unless trained through Law Enforcement or Military). The Sheriff’s Office provides a course, along with other instructors throughout the county. If using the Sheriff’s Office, Login with your online account (Click here) and select “Handgun Safety Course”.
  3. For fingerprint scheduling use the online appointment tab.  Login with your online account (Click here) and select your time and date, from the available openings. You must pay at the time of checkout to schedule the appointment. Fingerprinting takes place at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (located at 110 Wells Farm Road, Goshen, NY 10924). 
    1. When you arrive for your fingerprinting appointment, you will need the following printable forms from the website which can also be picked up in person at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Unit (normal business hours).
      1. Pistol Permit Pedigree Sheet (PPS-01)-(Completed)
      2. Arrest / Charge Affidavit (PPS-02)-(Notarized before arrival)
      3. Authorization for release of personal information (PPS-24)-(Notarized before arrival)
      4. Pistol Permit Applicant Address History (PPS-25)- (Completed)
      5. Valid Identification (Driver’s License) no PO BOX
      6. Pay on-site for fingerprinting the amount of $111.50. (click here to be directed to payment site) bring a copy of your receipt.
  4. At the fingerprinting appointment 
    1. You will be provided two copies of your STATE OF NEW YORK PISTOL / REVOLVER LICENSE APPLICATION and a packet of supplemental documents, for you to complete.  
  5. Returning Documents 
    1. Once you have completed and secured all your required documents, you will return them to the Pistol Permit Unit within 120 days. (No appointment necessary) Monday through Thursday between 1:00pm to 3:00pm or 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday between the hours of 1:00pm-3:00pm. Excluding all Federal and County Holidays
    2. You will be given a Final Interview appointment at this time. 
  6. Final Interview
    1. Your final interview will be conducted by an Investigator who has reviewed your completed application, which includes all the paperwork you provided, and the background portion. 
      1. If the paperwork is complete and there is nothing reportable in your background the Final Interview will be very short, and your file will be setup for review. 
      2. If the paperwork is complete, but there are things that require more detail, your interview may take longer. You may be asked for letters of explanation and supporting documents to get your file to a completed status. The completed file will then be setup for review.
  7. Final Review Process
    1. Your part of the process is now completed. The review and decision process can take six to twelve months, due to the current volume of applicants within the process.

Handgun Safety Course

As a Pistol Permit applicant, you are required to complete a Handgun Safety Course and a Certificate of Completion must accompany the Pistol Permit Application. Though each applicant is free to enroll in any firearms safety course offered, please be advised that any application submitted with a certificate of completion from a provider other than providers certified by the Sheriff's Office will require additional time for review. Certificates submitted from outside providers will require additional review to ensure authenticity and proper course content.

For important information regarding the completion of the Handgun Safety Course and to select from available Instructors, visit the Handgun Safety Course page.