Pistol Permits

All Erie County "IN PERSON" Pistol Permit services will be suspended until further notice:  Effective 03/18/20

Locations & Hours

Buffalo Office Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cheektowaga Office (Auto Bureau) Mondays 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Plastic Permit Holders Only & Payment form: Credit Card, Check or Money Order Only)
Elma Office (Town Hall) Fridays 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (Plastic Permit Holders Only & Payment form: Credit Card, Check or Money Order Only) 

New Applicants

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 as well as criminal & mental hygiene record checks, the approval or denial of a permit is the decision of the Erie County Supreme Court Justice who serves as the Licensing Officer.  


Existing Pistol Permit Holders

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.

NRA Certified Instructors

The Erie County Clerk's Office is looking to have better communication with its instructors in Erie County. Please register below to receive information about any changes that may be happening in our office.

NRA Instructor Registration

Office Fees

New Application $20.00
Duplicate Permit (change from paper to plastic)   $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


Handgun Registration $3.00
Handgun Removal $3.00
Pistol Permit Reissue $7.00

*Plastic Card Fee Applies to all plastic card transactions

*Please Do Not Send Cash in the Mail