Pistol Licenses

The Rockland County Clerk accepts applications for and issues New York State Pistol Licenses under the direction of the Rockland County Court Justices. The Rockland County Clerk is also responsible for the issuance of New York State Dealer and Gunsmith licenses. We amend licenses and provide a full range of services to the public, including fingerprinting services. Pistol License applications are available at our office. For further information, review our Pistol License FAQ’s, or call us at (845) 638-5320.



NYS Police Require Pistol License Holders to Recertify

The New York State Police are conducting Pistol Permit Recertification of all NYS Pistol License Holders.

To recertify please visit https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces

This is a summary of the Recertification Process:

The State Police have launched a web site where Pistol Permit Licensees (Filers) can be recertified either online or by downloaded paper form. Per NYS Law, the deadline for recertifying is January 31, 2018 for all licenses issued prior to January 15, 2013. For those issued after January 15, 2013, the recertification deadline will be 5 years from the Original Date of Issue.

The Filer will need to list on the recertification form all firearms (not long guns/rifles) that are in their possession.

The recertification transaction is between the State Police and the Filer, not the County of Rockland.

The State Police will contact the Filer to resolve any discrepancies between the recertification application and their existing records.

The goal of the State Police is to create a database for use by Law Enforcement, Licensing Officers, and the Mental Health community.  All applications will be cross-checked against the data bases of the DMV, Office of Mental Health, and Federal Criminal Data Files.

The State Police will NOT be issuing a card stating a permit holder is recertified.  The Filer will receive a letter stating that their permit has been recertified.  There will be no requirement that the Filer carry proof of recertification.

The responsibility of the Filer will be fulfilled when the recertification form is submitted to the State Police.

If the form is submitted electronically the Filer will receive a receipt that can be printed out. If submitted by mail it is recommended that the application be sent by certified mail so that there will be proof of mailing.

At the end of recertification, the State Police will send to the licensing officer (in our case, Rockland County Court Judges via the Rockland County Clerk's office) a list of people who are in their records and did not recertify.  This aspect of the process is still being hashed out fully as there are different licensing officers in different NY counties.

This is the section of the NYSAFE Act that refers to recertification:

Penal Law 400.10 (B)(b) All licensees shall be recertified to the division of state police every  five  years  thereafter.  Any license issued before the effective date of the chapter of the laws of two  thousand  thirteen  which  added this paragraph shall be recertified by the licensee on or before January thirty-first, two thousand eighteen, and not less than one year prior to such  date,  the state police shall send a notice to all license holders who have not recertified by such time. Such recertification shall be  in a  form  as  approved by the superintendent of state police, which shall request  the  license  holder's  name,  date  of  birth,  gender,  race, residential  address, social security number, firearms possessed by such license holder, email address at the option of the license holder and an affirmation that such license holder is not prohibited  from  possessing firearms.  The form may be in an electronic form if so designated by the superintendent of state police. Failure to recertify shall act as a revocation of such license. If the New York state police discover as a result of the recertification process that a licensee failed to provide a change  of  address,  the New York state police shall not require the licensing officer to revoke such license.

Additional questions about Recertification should be directed to the New York State Police at 1-855-529-4867.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I apply for a pistol license?

Please follow the steps below to apply for a New York State Pistol License.


1. Obtain a Pistol License Acknowledgement Form

  • You will be assigned a date to take a Firearms Safety Course provided by the Rockland County Sheriff's Office.
  • There is a $150 fee that will be assessed and is payable by cash or money order made out to the Rockland County Clerk.

2. Make an appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed

  • You will receive an application to be completed and returned to the Rockland County Clerk's Office.
  • To make an appointment at the Rockland County Sheriff's Office please call: (845) 638-5440.

3. Complete the triplicate form.

  • Return the completed form to the Rockland County Clerk's Office.
  • Use black ink only.
  • Place only one letter per box beginning with your LAST NAME.
  • Hight must be in inches only.
  • Each signature must be notarized.
  • Submit the following items with your application:
    • Notarized letter(s) from all adults with whom you reside, stating that they do not object to your possession of a pistol license.
    • Self-addressed stamped #10 envelope
PLEASE READ the entire application before completing it. Take special note of the statements regarding OMISSION OF FACTS OR FALSE STATEMENTS as well as the conditions affecting any license that may be issued to applicant.
What are the requirements to obtain a pistol license?

The requirements to obtain a pistol license in Rockland County are as follows:

  1. You must reside in Rockland County, NY.
  2. You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
  3. You must complete a firearms safety course. The approved course is given by the Rockland County Sheriff's Office.
  4. You must provide notarized letters from household members stating that they do not object to your possession of a pistol license.
  5. If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, you must submit a copy of your green card.
For what purposes can I obtain a pistol license?

You can obtain a pistol license for the following purposes:

  • Target Shooting
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Hiking and camping

You will be require to state the specific reason that you are applying for a pistol license on the license application.

I am a Police Officer, what do I need to apply for a pistol license?
If you are an active or retired police officer, you must attach a letter or “Certificate of Service” from your police department to your application. The letter must be on ORIGINAL LETTERHEAD and include duration of employment, and statements about whether you are in good standing, if there are any department charges against you, and whether any weapons have ever been removed from your possession.
How long is the pistol license valid?
There is no expiration date on New York State pistol licenses.
Do the character references on my application have to reside in Rockland County?
Yes, All references must be Rockland County residents and must have known you for at least 2 years. Relatives cannot be used as references. In the case of married couples, only the husband or wife can be used, not both.
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to get a pistol license?
U.S. citizenship is not required. However, you must submit a copy of your green card with your application.
What if I've been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past?
You must submit a certified copy of disposition.


For a complete list of forms please see our Forms page

Have Questions?

Contact us at:

Pistol License Office
Rockland County Clerk's Office

1 South Main Street, Suite 100
New City, New York 10956

Phone: (845) 638-5320

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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