Pistol Permits

Effective Immediately: Pistol Permit applications MUST be done through appointment. Please see article here

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Erie County Pistol Permit website.  Our office hours follow the Erie County Clerk's Office hours except we are CLOSED to the public on Wednesdays. 

Pistol Permit Satellite Office is open Mondays 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau and Fridays 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Elma Town Hall (No Paper Permits. Plastic Only)

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.

Erie County has a large community of Pistol permit holders and is prepared to provide services to both new and existing residents.  Below you will find links to printable forms and other helpful resources.

Forms & Resources



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