Instructions to Apply for a Pistol Permit Print this Page
1. You must be 21 years of age and be a resident of Niagara County. You are not required to buy or own a gun at the time of application.
2. You may download an application packet now or obtain one at the Niagara County Pistol Permit Office, the County Clerk’s Office or at any one of our three DMV office locations:
North Tonawanda Lockport Niagara Falls
500 Wheatfield St 111 Main St. 1001 11th St.
M-F 9:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F 9:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday until 6:30 pm Thursday until 6:30 Wednesday until 6:30
3. Upon careful completion of the application, pistol permit applicants must submit it in person at the Pistol Permit Office. A $10 application must be paid at this time. Check, cash, money order, MasterCard or Discover made payable to Niagara County Clerk.
4. Several background checks will then be completed by the NYS Police and the FBI. Applicants will also be interviewed by their local law enforcement agency. After all necessary steps are successfully completed, the application is submitted to the Licensing Officer (County or Supreme Court Judge).
5. If approved, the applicant will receive notification to appear in person to begin completing the process.
Registration of Handguns
As of March 15, 2013 Private “Person-to-Person” gun sales in NYS require a National Instant Criminal (NICS) Background Check.
When a gun is purchased from an immediate family member, a dated bill of sale is required to add the pistol to the new owner's permit. The bill of sale must show both the buyer's and seller's names, addresses, permit numbers, and the counties that permits are in. The gun must be described by make, model, caliber action and serial number. Once the handgun is registered at our department, it may be picked up by the buyer, and the seller has 10 days to come to the Pistol Permit Office to have the weapon removed from his/her permit.
The NICS form, along with purchase receipt, must be brought to the Pistol Permit Office in order for the gun to put on buyer’s permit.
When a gun is purchased from a dealer, the dealer receipt is required. The receipt must show the buyer's name, address, permit number, and the make, model, caliber action and serial number of the gun. The dealer's name, address, New York State dealer number and county the dealership is in must also appear on the receipt. Once the handgun is registered at the Pistol Permit Office, a purchase coupon is given to the buyer, to allow him/her to pick up the weapon from the dealer.
There is a $3.00 amendment fee for the registration of a handgun to a permit.
As per New York State Police Pistol Permit Division, all firearms receipts must include all of the following:
Action (Revolver, Semi-Auto, Single-Shot, Derringer)
If all the above information is not included, your transaction will not be processed.
Link to Receipt Form
Removing Handguns from Permit
When a gun is sold to an individual, a dated bill of sale is required to remove the pistol from the seller's permit. The bill of sale must show both the buyer's and seller's names, addresses, permit numbers and counties that permits are in. The gun must be described by make, model, caliber action and serial number. Once the gun has been registered and picked up by the buyer, the seller has 10 days to come to the Pistol Permit Office and have it removed from his/her permit. If the buyer is from a county other than Erie County, he/she must provide the seller with a purchase coupon upon delivery of the registered gun. This coupon must then be provided to our department by the seller when removing the gun.
When a gun is sold to a dealer, the dealer receipt is required. The receipt must show the seller's name, address, permit number, and make, model, caliber action and serial number of the gun. The dealer's name, address, New York State dealer number and county the dealership is in must also appear on the receipt.
There is a $3.00 amendment fee to remove a handgun from a permit.
Death of a Permit Holder
New York State Law requires that upon a permit holder's death, the decedent's estate must, within 15 days, turn over the decedent's firearm(s) to another pistol permit holder; a licensed dealer; or the local police department.
The estate is also requested to notify the Niagara County Pistol Permit Office of the permit holder's passing. If the decedent is an immediate family member, complete an Estate Receipt Form Link to Estate Receipt Form provide a copy of a death certificate and information about the disposition of the firearm(s), so that the license may be cancelled. If the decedent is not a member of the immediate family, please call the Pistol Permit Office at 716-439-7184.
Changes in Name, Address or County
A name change requires the permit holder to appear at the Pistol Permit Office with proof of the new name in the form of a marriage certificate or Court Order. A fee of $3.00 is charged to change the name on a pistol permit. If you have a paper permit, you must obtain a plastic card, for a charge of $5.00.
A change of address for current pistol permit holders requires the permit holder to notify the Pistol Permit Office in person within 10 days of the change. The fee is $3.00. If you are in the process of applying for a pistol permit and change your address, you may send a written notification to the Pistol Permit Office, or appear in person to notify us of the change.
Co-Registration of handguns is allowed within the same household only. The Pistol Permit office requires the primary owner of the handgun(s) to give permission for co-registration verbally (in person), or with a signed handwritten note. All pistol permit holders are responsible for the co-registered handgun(s), and the primary owner is the only one allowed to sell the handgun(s). Once the handgun(s) are sold, it is the responsibility of all co-registrants to dispose of handgun(s). Transactions must be done in person by each individual pistol permit holder.
Link to Consent Form
Transfer to Different County
To transfer your pistol permit to another county, you must appear at the Niagara County Pistol Permit Office.
Lost or Stolen Permits
You may obtain a duplicate pistol permit when your original permit is lost, stolen or mutilated. We will arrange for a duplicate when you appear at the Pistol Permit Department with a list of your guns which includes the make, caliber and serial number of each gun. You will be given a duplicate information form to be completed at our office when you come in. The fee for a duplicate permit is $5.00.
Note: Pistol permits cannot be laminated.
Any questions you may have can be directed to the Pistol Permit Department at 716-439-7184.