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Pistol License Applicants with Upcoming Appointments:
If you have an existing appointment from before September 1, 2022, to submit your application for a pistol license you must update and replace some forms in your existing application package.
 

In order to have or carry a pistol in New York State, you must first obtain a pistol license. In Westchester County, the Licensing Officers are judges or justices of the Supreme or County Court (Penal Law §265.00(10)). The Westchester County Department of Public Safety Pistol License Unit acts as the investigative service to the Licensing Officer for all firearm license matters.  The Westchester County Clerk issues pistol licenses and is the repository for all pistol license records.  Carry firearm licenses (Penal Law §400.00(2)(f)) issued by Westchester County are valid for three years. If you have any questions about pistol licensing matters, contact us.

Once you complete your New York State Pistol License application and attachments, and have complied with all application instructions, you must then make an appointment with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Pistol License Unit to be fingerprinted and interviewed by calling (914) 995-2709.

Pistol License Safety and Information Handbook for Westchester  County
Please obtain your copy of the Pistol License Safety and Information Handbook for Westchester County.  You are required to read and be familiar with the contents of this Handbook.

Westchester County Firearms Safety and Use Course
All applicants for a Carry firearm license must submit proof of completion of a sixteen-hour firearms safety and use course as evidenced by a certificate of completion issued in the applicant’s name and endorsed and affirmed under the penalty of perjury by a duly authorized instructor (New York State Penal Law §400.00(19)).   A list of certified firearm instructors is located on Westchester County Clerk Pistol Licenses.

Pistol License Application Forms
Please use our latest forms revision dated September 1, 2022.   Prior dated forms do not meet legal requirements and will not be accepted.

All applicants must read/ complete these forms:
Pistol permit application submitting instructions
NYSP Pistol License Application Form PPB-3 (submit in duplicate)
Background Investigation Worksheet
Character Reference Letter (submit four)
Authorization for Release of Personal Information
Request for Records Check
Penal Law section 400.00(18) Receipt of Notifications

Other firearm license forms (submit only if needed):
Statement of Firearms Co-Ownership
Affidavit of Private Sale of Firearms
Proof of Residency Not in Your Name
Attachment: Carry- Retired Law Enforcement
Attachment: Premise Business
Attachment for Premise Dwelling
Attachment for Antique Pistol Collection
Form PPB-3A-Pistol Continuation Sheet (use only if you are registering more than four firearms/ submit in duplicate)
NYS Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption
Investigation Worksheet update

Pistol License Amendment
Firearm License Amendment forms are located on Westchester County Clerk Pistol License website here.  If you are requesting to amend your license, you must complete the State of New York Pistol License Amendment form in duplicate. If you are requesting to change a restriction on your license, in addition to the Amendment form, you must also complete the following forms: Investigation Worksheet Update, Penal Law §400.00(18) Receipt of Notifications, Authorization for Release of Personal Information and Request for Records Check. These forms must be notarized.

Pistol License Recertification
Firearm License Recertification forms are located on Westchester County Clerk Pistol License website here.  If you wish to continue your firearm license beyond its expiration date you must recertify it by completing the State of New York Pistol License Recertification form in duplicate.   In either case, you must also complete the Authorization for Release of Personal Information form.  These forms must be notarized.

Firearm Dealer and Gunsmith Applications
If you wish to apply for a license as a Firearms Dealer or Gunsmith, contact the Pistol License Unit directly at 914-995-2709 to obtain application forms.

Go to County Clerk Pistol Licenses for the specific forms and information listed below.
State of New York Pistol License Amendment Form
Pistol License Recertification Form
NYS Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption
Request for Pistol License Transfer
List of Certified Firearm Instructors