New York State has implemented the pistol license recertification portion of the New York State Safe Act. As of January 1, 2017, residents of New York State possessing a handgun license will now have to recertify their handguns every five years as per New York State Penal Law 400 subsection 10(b). A licensee is required to confirm certain information such as your name, the current address of your residence, your date of birth, and a list of all pistols and revolvers you currently possess. This also includes the make, model, caliber, and serial numbers of each pistol/revolver. Licensees who have a pistol license issued before January 15, 2013 must recertify their license before January 31, 2018. Failure to do so will result in a revocation of their license.
There are two options available for recertification:
- Submit the recertification electronically via the New York State Police website
- Obtain a paper recertification form and submit via U.S. mail to the address provided on the form. Recertification forms are available at:
All facets of this recertification are being handled by the New York State Police, local law enforcement and county agencies have no involvement. The New York State Police will be reviewing all recertifications and conducting audits accordingly. I was advised that pistol licenses may be reviewed as a result of these recertifications. There are no fees associated with this recertification. Any questions regarding the New York State Safe Act can be answered by calling 855-LAW-GUNS (855-529-4867).