NYSafe Act - Pistol Permit Recertification

Pistol Permit Recertification

If your permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification is 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.

Pistol / Revolver 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.

 

The pistol permit recertification provision of the SAFE Act was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor five years ago. Its goal is to strengthen and improve the accuracy of recordkeeping at both the state and local levels. Letters were sent to permit holders over a year ago, reminding them of the January 31, 2018 deadline and additional reminders have been made public through the press and social media.

 

The State Police are now working to process all recertifications and update its database. This process is expected to take between 9-12 months, after which, local licensing authorities will be provided with the updated, accurate licensing information. As the goal is compliance, the State Police will not take criminal enforcement action against individuals who have unknowingly failed to recertify, instead they will continue to accept recertifications throughout this process.

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system, if a person with a permit passes away, no action is taken to update records to reflect that this permit is no longer active. By going through this process every five years, redundant or out-of-date records can be eliminated and the accuracy of recordkeeping can be improved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A: 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.
A: As of Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 262,114 New Yorkers have submitted a recertification.
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.
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.
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.
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 throughout 2018 while we continue to update the database.


Pistol / Revolver License Recertification General Questions:
A: If your license was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification is 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
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.
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.
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.
A: No, the deadline to recertify is based on the date that you were originally issued your pistol / revolver license.
A: There are two options available for recertification. OR
  • Obtain a paper recertification form and submit via U.S. mail to the address provided on the form. Recertification forms are available at:
A: No, there are no fees associated with recertification; however, existing county fees associated with new applications and amendments still apply.
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.
A: No. You are still required to have your pistol / revolver license on your person while carrying a pistol or revolver.
A: Your recertification status can be checked at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/.
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 https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/. Click on "Recertify Pistol Permit", then "Retrieve Recertification". If you did not save or submit your recertification, it will need to be reentered.
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.
A: Yes
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.


Pistol / Revolver License Electronic Recertification Questions:

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.

A: Click on the "Add Firearm" button for each additional firearm.
A: Click on the magnifying glass next to the "Manufacturer" field, and enter the name of your manufacturer in the "Search" box.
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.
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"
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.
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).
A: One of the systems required to process recertifications is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Pistol / Revolver License Paper Recertification Form Questions:
A: All fields are required except for:
  • Suffix
  • 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.
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.
A: Utilize form PPB-2A for additional firearms. PPB-2A forms are available at:
A: Please return the completed form to:
New York State Police
Pistol Permit Bureau
Building 22
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2252
A: Your recertification status can be checked at https://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.
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.