Firearms Public Record Exemption

Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption 

The NYSAFE Act protects the privacy of pistol license holders by permitting them to notify their County Clerk that they do not wish for their information to be released publicly.

Under the law, current licensees and new applicants may make this notification to the Niagara County Clerk using the form approved by the Superintendent of the New York State Police.

Where do I get the FOIL (Opt-Out) form?

The forms are available through the Niagara County Clerk’s office, in paper format or online. You may pick them up at the following locations:

Niagara County Clerk:
Niagara County Courthouse
1st Floor County Clerk's Office
175 Hawley Street
Lockport, NY 14094

All Niagara County DMV Locations:

111 Main Street, Lockport
500 Wheatfield Street, North Tonawanda
1001 11th Street, Niagara Falls

You may also download the form

The form is also available on the New York State Police website at or the NY SAFE Act website at

How do I complete the form?

In the first section, you will need to fill out your name, date of birth, address and the county in which you are applying. Make sure your name and address are legible.

If you hold a firearms(pistol) license, there is a space for you to provide the license number as well.

In the second section, check the box that best describes the reason your information should not be publicly disclosed.

To complete the form, sign and date it.

Once I’ve completed the form, how do I submit it?

To submit your form by mail:

Niagara County Clerk
PO Box 461
Lockport, NY 14095-0461

To submit your form in person:

Niagara County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
1st Floor
175 Hawley Street
Lockport, NY 14094

To submit your form by fax: 716-439-7035

To submit your form by email: Niagara County Clerk

The form must contain your actual signature.

Once the form is completed, how long does it take to become effective?

Once the Licensing Officer grants the exemption. At that time, those who have submitted the form will remain exempt from the FOIL provisions unless the licensing authority has refused to grant the exemption. Those wishing to apply for the exemption may do so at anytime to avoid any disclosure.

If I do not file the form by May 15, 2013, will I be able to file in the future?

You may file the form anytime. However, after May 15, 2013, if you have not yet filed an exemption form, your information may be subject to release under FOIL.

If you file a form in the future and your request is granted, your information will once again be exempt from FOIL.