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Coupons to possess handguns are only issued upon proper filing of a New York State (NYS) amendment form with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, thus completing the registration process of your handgun.
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The window at the Public Safety Building is open, however, the lobby is restricted to four people and face masks are required.
Our Records Clerk stays late every other Tuesday to accommodate these transactions. They are done by appointment only and appointments are made online at the below link.
Amendment Appointment: https://cayugasheriff.setmore.com/
If you have difficulty with this process you can call 315-253-1148 and our clerk can assist you.
We prefer that you schedule an appointment online. Appointments are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays and they fill up fast. Click the link below and fill in the pertinent information in an open appointment slot. Please do not schedule and appointment if you are not sure that you are going to be able to keep it. Read your application instructions carefully and ensure that all paperwork is completed properly and that you have all the things necessary to proceed. If you arrive without everything that you need or if your paperwork is not filled out properly, you will be rescheduled.
Pistol Permit Appointments: https://cayugasheriff.setmore.com/
If you have difficulty with this process you can call the Identification Officer at 315-253-4148 for assistance.
A hunter safety or comparable course is not acceptable.
We are unable to mail or fax applications as they must be completed on an original New York State form. If you would like an application you may pick one up at the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sheriff's Office is located at:7445 County House RoadAuburn, NY 13021
Two separate fees are required at the time the application is submitted:
No personal checks will be accepted.
Your permit is valid until suspended or revoked by the issuing court.
You may obtain a duplicate permit by filing a duplicate request form at the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sheriff's Office is located at:7445 County House RoadAuburn, NY 13021
The fees for obtaining a duplicate permit are $10 cash or money order payable to the Cayuga County Sheriff.
The process can take as long as 6 months after all requirements are met. Please be patient. The Identification Officer is working diligently to complete your investigation. Fielding calls whose only purpose is to ask the status of the investigation just slows the process down for everyone. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your permit until a minimum of 4 months has passed.
NOTE: Due to restrictions put on the court system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the process could take several months longer than usual. Please be patient.
A handgun safety certificate can only be obtained from an approved training course and must be dated no longer than 3 years previous to the date of the application for the permit. Currently, the only accepted courses are those listed below.
You are not required to take a handgun safety course if you are applying for a duplicate permit.
Only a handgun safety certificate issued by the following certified instructors will be accepted. These may include:
Generally there are three types of pistol permits:
Those applicants applying for a Carry Concealed Pistol License must be able to demonstrate a special need for the issuance thereof by completing the required “proper cause” supplemental form. No permit will be issued without the form.
Those applicants who are granted a pistol license for the purpose of sportsman activities such as hunting, target shooting, competitions, hiking, camping, collecting, etc, will be issued a Sportsman Restriction on their license. This restriction allows you to carry the handgun while engaged in those activities. The handgun must be transported unloaded and separated from the ammunition while traveling to and from the allowed activity (example: Handgun in trunk and ammunition in glove box). The handgun should not be in the passenger compartment of the vehicle unless it is in a locked container designed for that purpose.
Those applicants who desire a Possess on Premise License must understand that this is not a carry license and restricts the possession of the handgun(s) to the dwelling address or place of business address as listed on the application. If this address should change, the application process will begin again with all fees applicable.
Those applicants wishing a carry concealed permit for their jobs must have a letter from their employer stating that they require the individual to carry during the performance of his/her duties. The restrictions on the license will appear as Employment.
According to New York State (NYS) Penal Law Article 400: "Any license issued pursuant to this section shall be valid notwithstanding the provisions of any local law or ordinance. No license shall be transferable to any other person or premises. A license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, not otherwise limited as to place or time of possession, shall be effective throughout the state, except that the same shall not be valid within the City of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city."
Article 400.00 of the New York State Penal Law may be found at your local library, bookstore or online.
Please feel free to contact the Identification Section at 315-253-4148. Please do not call for the sole purpose of inquiring about the status of your application until at least 4 months has passed.