Yates County SCOPE - 2nd Amendment Supporter

S hooter's Committee on Political Education

Yates County Chapter


The New York State Police mailed to some handgun permit holders a letter explaining the SAFE Act-required handgun recertification process. The SAFE Act requires permit holders to recertify their permit status every five years.

Failure to recertify by the deadline will result in revocation of your handgun permit.

You MUST recertify even if you didn't get a letter from the State Police. As part of the recertification process, you- the permit holder- are required to confirm certain information such as your name, current address, date of birth and a list of all handguns you currently possess to include make, model, caliber and serial number.

You will need a NY State driver’s license, or non-driver ID card, in order to complete the recertification process.

If one's pistol permit license was issued before Jan. 15, 2013, the deadline to submit a recertification application is Jan. 31, 2018.

If one's pistol permit license was issued on, or after Jan. 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five years after the date the license was issued.

There is no extra cost from the state associated with renewing one's pistol permit.

Failure to recertify within the deadline provided "will result in the revocation" of one's pistol/revolver license, according to state police. If you neglect to recertify by your deadline, you will lose your handgun permit!! If a pistol permit holder were to fail to re-new and re-certify his or her eligibility to possess a pistol license, that permit holder could be charged with at least one Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year of incarceration.

Failure to renew means that sometime after January 31, 2018 you can expect a NYS Police Van to pull into your driveway with a warrant to confiscate all your handguns and probably long guns and ammo as well with no resort for compensation or hope of help in ever getting them returned. It might mess up your future FFL purchases as well.

Link to renew on line. It is easy, and it goes fairly fast

Recertify electronically by visiting https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert

or recertify by postal mail using a paper form available at http://troopers.ny.gov/firearms

or from any State Police location.