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Proof of honorable discharge from a branch of the United States Armed Forces, current military service or as a member of a law enforcement agency with proof of firearms training and qualifications is acceptable. Military personnel must produce evidence of official qualification in firearms during the term of service.
A hunter safety or comparable course is not acceptable.
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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 is usually completed within three months after all requirements are met.
A handgun safety certificate can only be obtained from an approved training course. Currently, the only accepted courses are those endorsed by the Central New York Police Academy in Onondaga County. You may register by calling 315-498-6046 or visit the Public Safety Training Center.
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 desire 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.
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.
Article 400.00 of the New York State Penal Law may be found at your local library, bookstore or online.
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."
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.
Please feel free to contact the Special Services Section at 315-253-4148 or the Records Division at 315-253-1148.