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.

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.