What is the basic criteria for applying for a permit?

You must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Reside in Cayuga County.
  • Provide proof of residency by submitting a valid New York State driver’s license.
  • Pass a background check, the purpose of which is to ensure all paperwork is properly completed and whether all criteria submitted is met as specified in New York State Penal Law 400. The background check includes a criminal record check by the State of New York, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement agencies, and the Department of Mental Health.
  • Submit two non-refundable processing fees to cover the costs associated with fingerprinting, photographs, and background checks (fees are listed in section four).
  • Have successfully completed an approved handgun safety course and submit an original certificate prior to the issuance of a permit.

Proof of Honorable Discharge

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.

Important Note

A hunter safety or comparable course is not acceptable.

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1. What is the basic criteria for applying for a permit?
2. Can a pistol permit application be mailed or faxed to me?
3. How do I apply for a permit?
4. What are the required fees of a new permit application?
5. What types of criminal arrest / offenses must I disclose?
6. How long will my permit remain valid?
7. How do I obtain a duplicate permit should mine be lost or destroyed?
8. How long does the permit process take?
9. How can I obtain a handgun safety certificate?
10. What types of pistol permits can I apply for?
11. How do I find Article 400.00 Licensing and other provisions relating to firearms?
12. Where is my permit / license valid?
13. What happens if I change my address?
14. What is the cost of filing an amendment form or completing a transfer?
15. How do I obtain a coupon to pick up a handgun I just purchased?
16. Is there a contact number should I have additional questions?