What types of pistol permits can I apply for?

Generally there are three types of pistol permits:

  • Carry Concealed: without regard to employment or place of possession
    • By any person when “proper cause” exists for the issuance thereof according to Article 400 of the NYS Penal Law


    • To carry with listed restrictions
  • Possess On Premise:
    • Have and possess in a dwelling by a homeowner only


    • Have and possess in one place of business by a merchant or storekeeper ONLY
  • Carry Concealed / Employment with regard to employment

Proper Cause Form

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.

Sportsman Restriction

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.

Possess on Premise

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.

Permit for Job

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.

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