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.

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.

Completed Pistol Permit applications MUST be done through appointment.


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

Satellite Office (No Paper Permits. Plastic Only)

Mondays 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau 
Fridays 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Elma Town Hall 


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