Pistol Permit Recertification

FAQs / Firearms / Recertification

Pistol / Revolver License Holder FAQs

The following FAQs apply to the pistol / revolver license
recertification required by New York State Penal Law 400.00 subsection
10(b).

(These FAQs are not applicable to the Westchester County
recertification process. For information about the Westchester County
recertification process, please contact the Westchester County licensing
authority.)

Pistol / Revolver License Recertification General Questions:

Q: How will I know when to recertify my pistol / revolver license?

A: If your license was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline
to submit your recertification is January 31, 2018 and every five years
thereafter. If your license was issued on or after January 15, 2013, the
deadline to recertify is five years after the date the license was
issued and every five years thereafter.

Q: I didn’t receive a letter, am I still required to recertify?

A: It is possible that not all pistol/revolver license holders will
receive a letter. It is your responsibility to recertify your
pistol/revolver license whether you receive a notification letter or not.

Q: Are pistol / revolver license holders in New York City, Nassau
County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County required to recertify
using the New York State recertification system (per subsection 10(b) of
section 400.00 of the penal law)?

A: No. If you currently have a New York City, Nassau County,
Suffolk County or Westchester County permit, you must follow the
requirements that are in place in your county, rather than use the New
York State recertification system.

Q: My firearms license is currently suspended. Can I still recertify?

A: No. The statute requires that, in order to recertify a firearms
license, a person is required by statute to affirm that he/she is not
prohibited from possessing firearms at the time of the recertification.
Since a person with a suspended permit is prohibited from possessing
firearms, he or she would not be able to meet this requirement and may
therefore not recertify his/her firearms license while such license is
suspended.

Q: I was originally issued a pistol / revolver license years ago but
have recently transferred to another county. Does the transfer impact
the date by which I must recertify?

A: No, the deadline to recertify is based on the date that you were originally issued your pistol / revolver license.

Q: How can pistol / revolver license holders recertify?

A: There are two options available for recertification.

Q: Are there any fees associated with recertification?

A: No, there are no fees associated with recertification; however,
existing county fees associated with new applications and amendments
still apply.

Q: Since submitting my recertification, I have acquired/disposed of firearms or changed my address. What should I do?

A: The process for amending your pistol / revolver license has not
changed. File an amendment with your county licensing authority.
Amendments have no impact on recertification.

Q: When pistol / revolver license holders recertify, are they issued a new pistol / revolver license?

A: No. You are still required to have your pistol / revolver license on your person while carrying a pistol or revolver.

Q: How can I check the status of my recertification?

A: Your recertification status can be checked at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/.

Q: What does a recertification status of “No recertification on file” mean?

A: If you submitted a paper Recertification Form, your status will be
“No recertification on file” until your information has been entered.
Please allow sufficient time for mailing and entry.

If you submitted electronically, you should not receive this message.
You may have chosen the “Save For Later” option and not submitted
the recertification. You can retrieve a saved recertification for 90
days at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/.
Click on “Recertify Pistol Permit”, then “Retrieve Recertification”.
If you did not save or submit your recertification, it will need to be
reentered.

Q: What does a recertification status of “Thank you for
recertifying your pistol permit. Your next recertification is due on
mm/dd/yyyy” mean?

A: You have met the recertification requirements of subsection 10(b)
of section 400.00 of the penal law, and your next recertification date
is shown in the status.

Q: Is the term “pistol permit” the same as “pistol / revolver license” or “firearms license”?

A: Yes

Q: How will my email address be used?

A: If an email address is provided, a Confirmation of Submission
containing your Recertification Number will be emailed confirming
receipt of your recertification. Email addresses may also be used for
communication regarding future recertification cycles.

Pistol / Revolver License Electronic Recertification Questions:

Q: What information is required to complete the recertification?

A: Information such as name, address, date of birth, New York State
Driver License or Non-Driver Identification number, and an inventory of
your licensed pistols and revolvers will be required. Most of the
information needed for recertification can be found on your county
issued pistol / revolver license. You will need to have a New York State
Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card in order to process
your recertification. Out of state residents who do not possess either a
New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card must
use the paper form to recertify and must attach a copy of their driver’s
license or non-driver identification from their state of issuance.

Q: How do I add more than three firearms to the recertification?

A: Click on the “Add Firearm” button for each additional firearm.

Q: How do I enter the manufacturer of my firearm?

A: Click on the magnifying glass next to the “Manufacturer” field, and enter the name of your manufacturer in the “Search” box.

Q: The manufacturer of my firearm is not listed. How do I enter my firearm?

A: To enter a manufacturer that is not listed:
From the Manufacturer search feature:

  • Type “Other” in the “Search” box.
  • Select “Other or Unknown”.
  • Type your manufacturer into the “Other Manufacturer” box that appears.

Q: How should the caliber of my firearms be entered?

A: Caliber must be entered as a number only, without punctuation, mm, or other alphabetic designations.
Examples:

  • All variations of .45 caliber ammunition should be entered as “45”
  • All variations of .22 caliber ammunition should be entered as “22”
  • Any ammunition designated with “mm” should be entered solely
    with the numeric identifying the caliber. For example “9 mm” should be
    entered as “9”
  • All variations of 5.56 caliber ammunition should be entered as “556”. For example, “5.56×45 mm NATO” should be entered as “556”

Q: I was originally issued a pistol / revolver license years ago but
have recently transferred to another county. When completing my
recertification, which issue date should I enter?

A: The issue date entered should be the date (or approximate date if
unknown) that you were originally issued a pistol / revolver license,
not the date that you transferred or amended your license.

Q: I discovered that I made a mistake on my recertification. What should I do?

A: Once submitted, your recertification cannot be modified
electronically. If you have already submitted your recertification,
please call 1-855-LAWGUNS (1-855-529-4867).

Q: I received the following message when trying to enter my
recertification: “The recertification processing system is currently
unavailable. Please try again at a later time.” What does this mean?

A: One of the systems required to process recertifications is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Pistol / Revolver License Paper Recertification Form Questions:

Q: What information is required on the paper recertification form?

A: All fields are required except for:

  • Suffix
  • Middle Initial (must match your New York State Department of Motor Vehicles information)
  • Mailing Address (only required if different from Physical Address)
  • Primary Contact Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • Employer Name (only required if License Type is “Possess/Carry During Employment”)
  • Employer/Premise Address (only required if License Type is “Possess on Premises” or “Possess/Carry During Employment”)

Incomplete recertification forms will be returned unprocessed.

Q: I have moved out of New York State and no longer have a New York
State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card. How do I
recertify?

A: Out of state residents who do not possess either a New York State
Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card must use the paper form
to recertify and must attach a copy of their driver’s license or
non-driver identification from their state of issuance.

Recertification forms are available at:

Q: I have used all of the firearms space on the front and back of
the PPB-2 Recertification Form and have additional firearms. How do I
record the additional firearms?

A: Utilize form PPB-2A for additional firearms. PPB-2A forms are available at:

Q: What address should the recertification form be sent to?

A: Please return the completed form to:

New York State Police
Pistol Permit Bureau
Building 22
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2252

Q: I mailed in my paper recertification form. How can I check the status?

A: Your recertification status can be checked at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/.
Your status will be “No recertification on file” until your
information has been entered. Please allow sufficient time for mailing
and entry.


Q: I have questions not addressed by the FAQs.

A: If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the electronic
recertification process, please contact the New York State Information
Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk at 1-844-891-1786.

All other questions should be directed to 1-855-LAWGUNS (1-855-529-4867).

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Pistol Permit Holder: FAQs

Pistol Permit Recertification General Questions

Q: How will I know when and how to recertify my pistol permit?

Select pistol permit holders in three pilot counties will be sent recertification notification letters commencing in early 2015. License holders will be notified on a schedule determined by New York State Police. Attempts to recertify by pistol permit holders who have not been notified will not be accepted.

Q: Can I recertify if I have not received a recertification notification letter?

No. At this time, Pistol Permit Recertification Applications are only being accepted from permit holders who have received a letter requesting that they recertify.

Q: Are there any fees associated with recertification?

No, there are no fees associated with recertification; however, existing county fees associated with new applications and amendments still apply.

Q: How can pistol permit holders recertify?

There are two options available for recertification. Recertification can be accomplished by:

OR

  • Obtaining a paper recertification application form and submitting via U.S. mail to the address provided on the form. Recertification forms are available at:

Q: Will the recertification date need to be printed on the license that counties currently issue?

No. The state will issue a recertification document that will serve as proof of the pistol permit holder’s five year recertification; this document will have the recertification date displayed prominently.

Q: When pistol permit holders recertify, are they issued a new permit?

No. The state will issue a recertification card that will serve as proof of the pistol permit holder’s five year recertification. The recertification card does not replace your pistol permit. You are still required to have your permit on your person while carrying a pistol or revolver.

Q: How can I check the status of my recertification application?

A: Your recertification application status can be checked at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces

Pistol Permit Recertification Electronic Application Questions

Q: What information is required to complete the recertification application?

Information such as name, address, date of birth, and an inventory of firearms that you possess will be required. Most of the information needed for recertification can be found on your New York State Driver License, or Non-Driver Motorist Identification, and your county issued pistol permit. For State Police to process the recertification a New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Motorist Identification will be needed for the application.

Q: How do I add more than three firearms to the application?

Click on the “Add Firearm” button for each additional firearm.

Q: How do I enter the manufacturer of my firearm?

Click on the magnifying glass next to the “Manufacturer” field, and enter the name of your manufacturer in the “Search” box.

Q: The manufacturer/make of my firearm is not listed. How do I enter my firearm?

To enter a manufacturer/make that is not listed:

From the Manufacturer search feature:

  • Type “Other” in the “Search” box.
  • Select “Other or Unknown”.
  • Type your manufacturer into the “Other Manufacturer” box that appears.

Q: How should the caliber of my firearms be entered?

Caliber must be entered as a number only, without punctuation, mm, or other alphabetic designations. Examples:

  • All variations of .45 caliber ammunition should be entered as “45”
  • All variations of .22 caliber ammunition should be entered as “22”
  • Any ammunition designated with “mm” should be entered solely with the numeric identifying the caliber. For example “9 mm” should be entered as “9”
  • All variations of 5.56 caliber ammunition should be entered as “556”. For example, “5.56×45 mm NATO” should be entered as “556”

Q: I discovered that I made a mistake on my recertification application. What should I do?

Once submitted, your Recertification Application cannot be modified electronically. If you have already submitted your application, please call 1-855-LAWGUNS (1-855-529-4867).

Q: Since submitting my recertification application, I have acquired/disposed of firearms or changed my address. What should I do?

The process for amending your permit has not changed. File an amendment with your county licensing authority.

Pistol Permit Recertification Paper Application Questions

Q: Should I use the electronic application or the paper application to recertify?

Completing the application electronically is the preferred method of submission.

Q: What information is required on the paper recertification application?

All fields are required except for:

  • Suffix
  • Middle Initial (must match your New York State Department of Motor Vehicles information)
  • Mailing Address (only required if different from Residence Address)
  • Primary Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Employer Name (only required if License Type is “Possess/Carry During Employment”)
  • Employer/Premise Address (only required if License Type is “Possess on Premises” or “Possess/Carry During Employment”)

Incomplete applications will be returned unprocessed.

Q: How do I report more than six firearms on my paper application?

Utilize form PPB-2A for additional firearms. PPB-2A forms are available at:

Q: What address should the recertification application be sent to?

Please return the completed form to:

    New York State Police
    Pistol Permit Bureau
    Building 22
    1220 Washington Avenue
    Albany, New York 12226-2252

Q: I mailed in my paper recertification application. How can I check the status?

Your recertification application status can be checked at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces. Your status will be “No application on file” until your information has been entered. Please allow sufficient time for mailing and entry.