Permit Information

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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 acquiring from an immediate deceased family member, our office now requires additional information from Surrogate Court (Letters of Testamentary or Letters of Administration). If the decedent is not a member of the immediate family, please call the Pistol Permit Office at 716-439-7184.

Name Change

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.


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).
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.