Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
The Pistol License Unit will only be open for prescheduled appointments, walk-in service is no longer available.

The Pistol License Unit is responsible for issuing new pistol license applications, processing license holders’ amendments, acquisitions, disposals, address changes, duplicates and transfers, maintain pistol license files, process pistol license suspensions and revocations, conduct criminal investigation of pistol licensees when warranted, and conduct deceased pistol licensee investigations.

Appointments will be required for the following:

New Applications

New & Renewal Dealer/Gunsmith Applications

Duplicate License Processing (Paper to Plastic)*

Out of County Transfer into Onondaga County Licensee issuance

Blue overlay plastic card with the NYS Seal (the following in blue “State of New York, County of Onondaga”) to newer plastic card **

* All Paper License (green paper) holders who have ANY transaction to complete whether to Acquire and/or Dispose of a Weapon, Address Change or a License Upgrade will be issued a new plastic card via an appointment.  All associated fees will be waived associated with this transaction.

** All blue overlay card holders who have ANY transaction to complete whether to Acquire and/or Dispose of a Weapon, Address Change or a License Upgrade will be issued a new plastic card via an appointment. An appointment is necessary to take the signature and thumbprint to add to the data base.  The appointment time is much shorter in duration than any of the other ones noted above.  All associated fees will be waived associated with this transaction.

All Amendments will be processed via the USPS Mail. Upgrade Requests (i.e. from a Sportsman to a Carry Concealed License) will be completed by USPS Mail when the Upgrade has been approved by the Judge.  This takes into consideration that the paper licenses as well as the blue overlay cards have been updated/replaced as noted above to be able to process amendments through the USPS.

See links below for instructions on items noted above and additional services provided.   Note any errors and or omissions in submitted paperwork will delay the processing of the request.  Please make sure to read each item carefully and follow ALL directions.  All correspondence should include contact information in case follow up is needed, i.e. phone number and/or email address.

Paper License holders – How to obtain a Duplicate License.

Blue overlay plastic card holders – How to update License.

How to process a NYS Firearms License Amendment to Acquire a weapon.

How to process a NYS Firearms License Amendment to Dispose a weapon.

How to request a Pistol License “Upgrade”.

How to process a NYS Firearms License Amendment to do an Address Change within Onondaga County.

How to replace a Lost or Stolen License.

How to Transfer your license to another NYS County.

How to have Joint Use of a Weapon. / Separation from Joint Use process.

How to do a Private Sale of a Weapon between immediate family members.

How to legally acquire a weapon (pistol and/or revolver) from a state other than NY.

Instructions for the estate of a deceased individual.

How to request an Exemption from Public Records.

Safe Act  |  NYS  Pistol Permit Re-Certification  | FAQs about Re-Certification

 

For further inquiries please email us at PistolLicenseUnit@ongov.net

Downloadable Forms
NYS Pistol License Application “Proper Cause” for a “Carry Concealed” Pistol License Form
Arrest Information Supplemental Form New York State Firearms License Amendment Form
Application for Duplicate License Form New York State Gunsmith – Dealer License Application
Character Reference Supplemental Form Request for Transfer of Pistol License Records
Character Reference Form NYS Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption 
Handgun Sale Affidavit Form Handgun Joint Use Affidavit Form 
Basic Handgun Safety Course Certified Instructor List Rules and Regulations

Maps and Directions
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
407 South State Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

• Directions:

From North:
Take 81 South to Adams/Harrison Street exit. Stay in right hand lane merging onto Harrison Street. Take a right at the second light onto South State Street. Sheriff’s Headquarters is right before the 3rd light on the right side.

From South: 
Take 81 North to Adams Street exit. Go down 1 block to the second light and take a left onto Harrison Street. Take a right at the second light onto South State Street. Sheriff’s Headquarters is right before the 3rd light on the right side.

From East:
Take 690 West to Townsend Street exit. Take a left at light at the bottom of the exit off-ramp. Take a right at first light onto Erie Boulevard, then take a left at the first light onto South State Street. Sheriff’s Headquarters is 4 blocks down on the left side.

From West:
Take 690 East to 81 South. Take the Adams/Harrison Street exit. Stay in right hand lane merging onto Harrison Street. Take a right at the second light onto South State Street. Sheriff’s Headquarters is right before the 3rd light on the right side.