New York State Police remind pistol permit holders to recertify or lose license

New York State pistol permit holders who received their permit before Jan. 15, 2013 need to recertify by Jan. 31, if they haven’t done so yet.

The requirement is part of New York State’s 2013 SAFE Act, which requires recertification every five years.

There is no cost for recertification.

The State Police have created an online process that allows licensees to complete their certification. Licensees who do not wish to use the online process can download and print out a form. More information can be found here:


Permit holders who fail to recertify will have their licenses revoked.

As part of the recertification process, licensees must affirm that they are not prohibited from possessing firearms under state and federal law, and must also confirm certain personal information, as well as provide details about the pistols and/or revolvers they own.

Out-of-state residents who do not possess either a New York State Drive License or a Non-Driver Identification Card must use the paper form to recertify and must attach a copy of their driver’s license or non-driver identification card from their state where they live.

Pistol/Revolver License holders who live in New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties are not required to recertify through this process. Each of these municipalities already requires license holders to renew or recertify their license on a periodic basis.