Pistol Permits

The Erie County Clerk's Office processes Pistol Permits for Erie County residents under terms of applicable New York State law. Following the receipt of a completed application and criminal and mental hygiene record checks, approval or denial of a permit is the decision of the Erie County Supreme Court Justice who serves as the Licensing Officer.

Pistol Permits are due for recertification 5 years after the date the permit was issued.  After you recertify, that recertification date becomes your new recertification date for your next recertification 5 years thereafter. 
(Note: this can be different than your issue date)  If you're unsure you can check your status.

Completed Pistol Permit applications MUST be done through appointment.

If you have applied for or plan to apply for a Full Conceal Carry Permit, the Licensing Officer recommends that you take a “conceal carry” class from a certified instructor in addition to the mandatory safety course. The “conceal carry” class is deemed an advanced course and requires that participants have obtained a pistol permit prior to enrolling. Please note that this office is unable to recommend specific instructors.


Our Downtown Buffalo office hours follow the Erie County Clerk's Office hours except we are CLOSED to the public on Wednesdays. 

Satellite Offices are Credit Card or Check only, no cash.  Also No Paper Permits. Plastic Only

Mondays 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau 2122 George Urban Blvd. Depew, NY 14043
Fridays 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Elma Town Hall 1600 Bowen Rd. Elma, NY 14059


New Application $20.00
Duplicate Permit $18.00
*Plastic Card Fee $2.00
Transfer County (see transfers details) $8.00 & $5.00
2" x 2" Application Photo (front office) $10.00
Name Change $3.00
Address Change $3.00
Handgun Registration $3.00
Handgun Removal $3.00

*Plastic Card Fee Applies to all plastic card transactions

*Please Do Not Send Cash in the Mail