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Pistol Permits

General Information  

 UPDATE: SAFE Act Pistol Permit Renewals

 The above link is the best summary of the SAFE Act’s 5-year recertification process.


 **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.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Erie County Pistol Permit website. We are constantly changing with new technologies in order to provide our current permit holders as well as new applicants with the latest options to make your experience as efficient as possible.

Erie County has a large community of Pistol permit holders and is prepared to provide services to both new and existing residents. Feel free to come in and check out our new plastic card permits and find out if it would be more convenient for you.

We appreciate the need for expediency and have made many forms available for you to download so as to ease your registration and general permit needs. Should you need services not provided on-line, our friendly staff is available to assist you with your pistol related questions by phone or in the office:

Erie County Clerk
Pistol Permit Division
92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-858-6600    Fax: 716-858-6550

**Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:45pm**

**EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 3, 2014, the Pistol Permit Department will be CLOSED to the PUBLIC on Wednesdays in order to process new applications.

NOTE: Please be in line with completed documents no later than 4:30 p.m.
New Applicants need to present application paperwork no later than 4:15 p.m in order to be processed.


Press Release (11/17/2014):Jacobs Announces New Hours For Pistol Permit Office  

Press Release: Jacobs Supports Legislation to Keep Pistol Permit Information Private  

Press Release: Jacobs Announces Pistol Permit Privacy Form Now Available 

Press Release: County Clerk Jacobs Creates Web-Link for New Gun Law Privacy Provision  

Press Release: County Clerk Jacobs Will Not Release Pistol Permit Data To Buffalo News



As per New York State Police Pistol Permit Division, every firearms receipt must include all of the following:




Action (Revolver, Semi-Auto, Single-Shot, Derringer)

Serial Number

As of  March 15, 2013 Private “Person-to-Person” gun sales in NYS require a National Instant Criminal (NICS) Background Check.

The NICS form, along with purchase receipt, must be brought to the Pistol Permit Office in order for the gun to put on buyer’s permit.



EC Opt-out

 For complete information on the NY SAFE Act including the Re-Certification Process or "Person to Person" Gun Sale Requirements (NICS CHECK) please go to:

NYSAFE Act Frequently Ask Questions




1-855-LAW-GUNS (1-855-529-4867), available Monday-Friday 9am-4pm


Effective April 15, 2014: Anyone owning what is considered assault weapons are required to register them through the New York State Police.


The Erie County Pistol Permit Office does not handle the registration of any long guns or assault weapons. However, you can find a link to the registration process below:

New York State Police Form for Assault Weapon Registration