Erie County Pistol Permit Division: 858-6600
Attention Pistol Permit Holders and Licensed Gun Dealers:
With the goal of reducing the time it takes to get a pistol permit in Erie County, County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced that beginning December 3, 2014 the Pistol Permit Office will be closed to the public on Wednesdays to process new applications. This initiative comes just after Jacobs and his team completed a comprehensive “Re-engineering” analysis of the Pistol Permit Department.
The hours for the Pistol Permit Department on the other days of the week will remain Monday, Tuesday, Thrusday and Friday from 9:00 AM- 4:45 PM.
The Erie County Clerk's Office processes Pistol Permits for Erie County residents. Following the completion of an application and criminal background checks, approval or denial of a permit application is the decision of an Erie Count Court Judge or a New York State Supreme Court Justice.
The Pistol Permit Office is located:
Erie County Clerk's Office
92 Franklin Street, 1st Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202
**** EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 ****
NEW Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM- 4:45 PM
Wednesday- CLOSED TO PUBLIC
NOTE: New Applicants need to be in line by 4:00 PM with their completed application.
The purchase of pistol permits, sporting licenses and tags through the Clerk's Office helps to keep some of that money in Erie County.
The Pistol Permit Department will be CLOSED in observance of the following Holidays: New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; President's Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Election Day; Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day.
ATTENTION: If you are looking for complete information on the newly passed NYSAFE Act please visit
the website below where you can find a list of frequently asked questions regarding the re-certification
process, "Person to Person" gun sale requirements (NICS CHECK) and the registration of assault style weapons.
Representatives are available Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
There is also a section on what is and is not considered an assault weapons. This includes photos of weapons, banned features,
a list of some of the banned weapons, and those firearms that are NOT considered assault weapons. The New York State Police
have set up an online registration process for registering assault weapons. Registration forms can also be obtained by visiting a
NYS Trooper station. For location and phone numbers, visit http://www.troopers.ny.gov/.
Notary Public General Information: 858-8785
Notaries are issued by the New York State Department of State. If you are interetsed in obtaining additional information on the notary process, test sites and requirments, please call 716/847-7110 or go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html.