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Pistols, Permits & Notary

General Information


Pistol Permits

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

Click here for directions


NEW Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  9:00 AM- 4:45 PM 
            Wednesday- CLOSED TO PUBLIC

**New Applicants need to be in line by 4:00 PM with their completed application**

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
process, "Person to Person" gun sale requirements (NICS CHECK) and the registration of assault style weapons.



1-855-LAW-GUNS (1-855-529-4867)
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

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.

Additionally, Notary Frequently Asked Questions may be found by clicking here.  

Notary Renewals may be renewed through the County Clerk's Office of your residence at the end of the 4 year license term of a notary.