What’s the status of recertification for your pistol permit?

November 22, 2018 07:40 AM

News10NBC viewers have reached out to us about the status of pistol permits. Many of you say that you recertified your permits before the state deadline back in January, but haven't heard back.

It turns out some of those people might already be approved. State police don't give you a notification when the process is done.

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This is the first year the SAFE Act required all pistol permit holders to recertify. State officials say recertification helps determine exactly how many New Yorkers have pistol permits.

Right now, 352,000 permit holders have recertified their permits but numbers earlier this year showed more than one million people actually have permits.

State officials say applications pour in for recertifcation and the volume increases the processing times. For paper recertifcations, the process can take anywhere from 9 to 12 months, but the process is shorter if you file electronically.

The Monroe County Clerk's Office issues the first pistol permit, but after that, it's in the state's hands for recertification.

"The recertification process...the state does have a hotline and website where you can put in your information and print a receipt that say you recertified," Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello said. "I will say it wasn't a one and done back in have to recertify every five years."

After submitting recertifcation, your obligation under the law is complete. There is nothing more you need to do.  

State officials won't send a reminder when it’s time for you to recertify, you have to remember every five years.

You can check your status by calling 1-855-LAW-GUNS or by going to the New York State Pistol Permit Recertification website.


Kaci Jones

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