If your permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification was January 31, 2018. If your permit was issued on or after January 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five years after the date the permit was issued. As a permit holder, it is your responsibility to recertify your permit whether you receive a notification letter or not.
License Holder FAQs
The following FAQs apply to the pistol / revolver license recertification required by New York State Penal Law 400.00 subsection 10(b).
(These FAQs are not applicable to the Westchester County recertification process. For information about the Westchester County recertification process, please contact the Westchester County licensing authority.)
How can people recertify? Applications can be submitted in two ways: online or on paper. Both methods were included in the law with the understanding that the internet may not be readily available to all New Yorkers.
Q: Why did the SAFE Act require pistol permit holders to recertify?
A: The goal of this provision is to improve the recordkeeping of both state and local authorities. For example, under the current system, if a person with a permit passes away, no action is taken to update records to reflect that this permit is no longer active. By going through this process every five years, redundant or out-of-date records can be eliminated and the accuracy of recordkeeping can be improved.
Q: When was the requirement to recertify passed by the legislature?
A: As part of the SAFE Act, it was passed on January 14, 2013 by the New York State Senate and then it was passed by the Assembly and signed into law by the Governor on January 15, 2013.
Q: How were permit holders informed of the need to recertify?
A: Letters were sent out approximately one year ago. Specifically, 372,388 letters were sent to permit holders during the month of January, 2017. Because of the size of the mailing, the letters had to be sent out in batches over several days. All letters were mailed before the end of the month.
Q: How did New York State Police determine that sending letters was the best primary form of communication with New York State’s pistol permit holders?
A: NYS Penal Law Section 400 required State Police to send a notice to permit holders before January 31, 2017. Since permit holders are required to provide their address as part of their permit application, letters were chosen as the best method. State Police also took other steps to notify the public, including the use of press releases and social media, but submitting to a permit holder’s address is the best method to ensure that every permit holder is notified.
Q: How were the mailing addresses of pistol permit holders gathered?
A: The addresses were provided by the county licensing offices, which are required by law to provide State Police with permits and amendments when they are approved.
Q: Why was my ID number not included in the notification to recertify?
A: Because this was a mass mailing, it would not have been feasible to customize each of the 372,388 letters with a pistol permit ID number. Further, if a permit holder does not have his or her permit ID number, they can simply contact the licensing authority to obtain that number.
Q: How many permit holders are projected to recertify by the January 31 deadline?
A: We are pleased to confirm that State Police are receiving thousands of new submissions each day and expect that trend to continue all the way up until the January 31st deadline. As this process is intended to correct the State’s outdated records, we cannot forecast the number of recertification submissions that will be received before the end of the month but do anticipate a surge in recertification submissions as the deadline approaches.
Q: What happens if a permit holder does not recertify before the deadline?
A: According to the statute, failure to recertify shall act as a revocation of the permit. At the same time, until we have had an opportunity to process every submission, we will be unable to confirm who has not recertified and will be unable to transmit that information to the local licensing authorities. We do not set policy for local law enforcement, but can confirm that the State Police will not take criminal enforcement action against individuals who have unknowingly failed to recertify.
Q: Are the State Police going to continue to accept recertification past the deadline?
A: Yes. Since the goal of this provision is to improve recordkeeping, the State Police will accept late recertifications. To ensure accurate recordkeeping, recertifications submitted after the deadline will be tracked separately and categorized as such.
Q: Will permit holders’ guns be confiscated if they can’t prove they recertified?
A: To be clear, the State Police will not be confiscating weapons from those permit holders who fail to recertify by January 31st. This provision was never intended to be a “Gotcha” for pistol permit holders. It was included in the law that was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor in order to update the accuracy of both state and local records. To that end, the State Police will continue to accept recertifications and continue to update the database.
General Recertification Questions
Q: How do I recertify?
A: Applications can be submitted online or mailed-in using the paper form below. Forms are also available at State Police stations throughout the state and can be mailed to the return address listed on the form.
*It is recommended that online submissions be completed on a desktop or laptop computer at this time due to possible incompatibility with some handheld devices.
Both methods were included in the law with the understanding that the internet may not be readily available to all New Yorkers.
Q: Are there any fees associated with recertification?
A: No, there are no fees associated with recertification; however, existing county fees associated with new applications and amendments still apply.
Q: How will I know when to recertify my pistol / revolver license?
A: If your license was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification was January 31, 2018 and every five years thereafter. If your license was issued on or after January 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five years after the date the license was issued and every five years thereafter.
Q: I didn’t receive a letter, am I still required to recertify?
A: It is possible that not all pistol/revolver license holders will receive a letter. It is your responsibility to recertify your pistol/revolver license whether you receive a notification letter or not.
Q: Are pistol / revolver license holders in New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County required to recertify using the New York State recertification system (per subsection 10(b) of section 400.00 of the penal law)?
A: No. If you currently have a New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County or Westchester County permit, you must follow the requirements that are in place in your county, rather than use the New York State recertification system.
Q: My firearms license is currently suspended. Can I still recertify?
A: No. The statute requires that, in order to recertify a firearms license, a person is required by statute to affirm that he/she is not prohibited from possessing firearms at the time of the recertification. Since a person with a suspended permit is prohibited from possessing firearms, he or she would not be able to meet this requirement and may therefore not recertify his/her firearms license while such license is suspended.
Q: I was originally issued a pistol / revolver license years ago but have recently transferred to another county. Does the transfer impact the date by which I must recertify?
A: No, the deadline to recertify is based on the date that you were originally issued your pistol / revolver license.
Q: Since submitting my recertification, I have acquired/disposed of firearms or changed my address. What should I do?
A: The process for amending your pistol / revolver license has not changed. File an amendment with your county licensing authority. Amendments have no impact on recertification.
Q: When pistol / revolver license holders recertify, are they issued a new pistol / revolver license?
A: No. You are still required to have your pistol / revolver license on your person while carrying a pistol or revolver.
Q: How can I check the status of my recertification?
A: Residents with a New York State and out of state identification may navigate to www.firearms.troopers.ny.gov and select “Check Recertification Status”. Out of state identification numbers may still be used to check your status by entering it in the DMV Client ID field. You have completed your portion of the recertification process when you receive a recertification number.
Q: What does a recertification status of "No recertification on file" mean?
A: If you submitted a paper Recertification Form, your status will be "No recertification on file" until your information has been entered. Please allow sufficient time for mailing and entry.
If you submitted electronically, you should not receive this message. You may have chosen the "Save For Later" option and not submitted the recertification. You can retrieve a saved recertification for 90 days at www.firearms.troopers.ny.gov. Click on "Recertify Pistol Permit", then "Retrieve Recertification". If you did not save or submit your recertification, it will need to be reentered.
Q: What does a recertification status of "Thank you for recertifying your pistol permit. Your next recertification is due on mm/dd/yyyy" mean?
A: You have met the recertification requirements of subsection 10(b) of section 400.00 of the penal law, and your next recertification date is shown in the status.
Q: Is the term "pistol permit" the same as "pistol / revolver license" or "firearms license"?
Q: How will my email address be used?
A: If an email address is provided, a Confirmation of Submission containing your Recertification Number will be emailed confirming receipt of your recertification. Email addresses may also be used for communication regarding future recertification cycles.
Electronic Recertification Questions:
Q: What information is required to complete the recertification?
A: Information such as name, address, date of birth, New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification number, and an inventory of your licensed pistols and revolvers will be required. Most of the information needed for recertification can be found on your county issued pistol / revolver license. You will need to have a New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card in order to process your recertification.
Out of state residents who do not possess either a New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card must use the paper form to recertify and must attach a copy of their driver’s license or non-driver identification from their state of issuance.
Q: How do I add more than three firearms to the recertification?
A: Click on the "Add Firearm" button for each additional firearm.
Q: How do I enter the manufacturer of my firearm?
A: Click on the magnifying glass next to the "Manufacturer" field, and enter the name of your manufacturer in the "Search" box.
Q: The manufacturer of my firearm is not listed. How do I enter my firearm?
A: To enter a manufacturer that is not listed:
From the Manufacturer search feature:
- Type "Other" in the "Search" box.
- Select "Other or Unknown".
- Type your manufacturer into the "Other Manufacturer" box that appears.
Q: How should the caliber of my firearms be entered?
A: Caliber must be entered as a number only, without punctuation, mm, or other alphabetic designations. Examples:
- All variations of .45 caliber ammunition should be entered as "45"
- All variations of .22 caliber ammunition should be entered as "22"
- Any ammunition designated with "mm" should be entered solely with the numeric identifying the caliber. For example "9 mm" should be entered as "9"
- All variations of 5.56 caliber ammunition should be entered as "556". For example, "5.56x45 mm NATO" should be entered as "556"
Q: I was originally issued a pistol / revolver license years ago but have recently transferred to another county. When completing my recertification, which issue date should I enter?
A: The issue date entered should be the date (or approximate date if unknown) that you were originally issued a pistol / revolver license, not the date that you transferred or amended your license.
Q: I discovered that I made a mistake on my recertification. What should I do?
A: Once submitted, your recertification cannot be modified electronically. If you have already submitted your recertification, please call 1-855-LAWGUNS (1-855-529-4867).
Q: I received the following message when trying to enter my recertification: "The recertification processing system is currently unavailable. Please try again at a later time." What does this mean?
A: One of the systems required to process recertifications is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.
Paper Recertification Form Questions
Q: What information is required on the paper recertification form?
A: All fields are required except for:
- Middle Initial (must match your New York State Department of Motor Vehicles information)
- Mailing Address (only required if different from Physical Address)
- Primary Contact Telephone Number
- Email Address
- Employer Name (only required if License Type is "Possess/Carry During Employment")
- Employer/Premise Address (only required if License Type is "Possess on Premises" or "Possess/Carry During Employment")
Incomplete recertification forms will be returned unprocessed.
Q: I have moved out of New York State and no longer have a New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card. How do I recertify?
A. Out of state residents who do not possess either a New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card must use the paper form to recertify and must attach a copy of their driver’s license or non-driver identification from their state of issuance.
- Recertification forms are available at:
- The New York State Police website: www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms
- Any New York State Police location
Q: I have used all of the firearms space on the front and back of the PPB-2 Recertification Form and have additional firearms. How do I record the additional firearms?
A: Utilize form PPB-2A for additional firearms. PPB-2A forms are available at:
- The New York State Police website: www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms
- Any New York State Police location
Q: What address should the recertification form be sent to?
A: Please return the completed form to:
New York State Police
Pistol Permit Bureau
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2252
Q: I mailed in my paper recertification form. How can I check the status?
A: Your recertification status can be checked at www.firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert. Your status will be "No recertification on file" until your information has been entered. Please allow sufficient time for mailing and entry.
Q: I have questions not addressed by the FAQs.
A: If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the electronic recertification process, please contact the New York State Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk at 1-844-891-1786.
All other questions should be directed to 1-855-LAWGUNS (1-855-529-4867).
*Please note: This website is informational only and does not constitute legal advice.