PISTOL LICENSE
If you have questions
r
egarding pistol licenses,
please call (518-828-0601
x 1414)
PISTOL LICENSE APPLICATION INFORMATION
APPLICATION:  After purchasing the complete packet for a pistol license application, if any mistakes are made completing it
we will not be able to issue you individual sheets.  You will have to purchase another packet.  Therefore, if you have any
questions, please call us at our non-emergency telephone number 828-0601 x 1414 and we will answer any questions you
may have regarding the application.  Our office hours are 8:00 A. M. to 4:00 P. M., Monday through Friday (except
holidays).  All completed forms MUST be delivered, in person, to this office.

APPLICANTS MUST BE A LEGAL RESIDENT OF COLUMBIA COUNTY for a period of not less than six (6) months prior to
applying, and be a citizen of the United States.  You must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older, or honorably
discharged from the U. S. Military service or the New York State national guard if you are under 21.

Print or type in
BLACK INK ONLY on all three application forms.  DO NOT USE CARBON PAPER.  DO NOT SIGN YOUR
APPLICATION
.  It MUST be signed  before an employee of this Office.

Furnish FOUR (4) photographs, full face only, that will fit in the square on your application taken within thirty (30) days of
the submission of your application.

Furnish FOUR (4) stamped envelopes addressed to your character references.  The character references MUST
sign all three copies of the application forms.  
References MUST reside in Columbia County and can not be related
to the applicant.
 You must list their PHYSICAL address on the application even if they have a post office box.
Applications will be rejected if it has a post office box only. An employee of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office can not be
used as a reference. When choosing a character reference, please keep in mind that a question form will be sent to your
character references as part of the background investigation.  The question form must be returned to the Sheriff’s Office
as soon as possible by your references.  If a character reference question form is not returned within six (6)
months of when your application was submitted to the Sheriff’s Office, your application will be considered
incomplete and null and void.
 

All applicants must have completed the
NRA Basic Pistol Safety Course given by a certified instructor on the list of
instructors included in your application packet.
 Upon successful completion of the course, the instructor will sign the
course completion form.  
NOTE: The NRA Basic Pistol Safety Course and all documents must be completed before
the application packet is submitted.  Any additional information and/or documents required as part of the
background investigation must be submitted within six (6) months from the time the application is accepted at
the Sheriff’s Office.  If all information and/or documents are not submitted within the six (6) month period, the
application is deemed incomplete and null and void.
 

Submit a U.S. POSTAL MONEY ORDER made out to NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in the
amount of $91.50 to cover the cost of fingerprint processing by DCJS and the FBI.
 The fingerprint impressions
MUST be taken by Live-Scan at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.  Application submission and fingerprinting is
done at the Sheriff's Office
between 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. every Wednesday (except holidays).

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a pistol license applicant investigation.  If you qualify for a license, it will
be signed by the Surrogate Court Judge and you will receive a letter from the Columbia County Clerk with instructions for
picking up  the license.  
The entire process takes between twelve (12) and sixteen (16) weeks depending upon
fingerprint processing by DCJS.  Once a license is issued, all changes (addition of pistols, deletions, address
change, etc.) will be done through the County Clerk’s Office NOT the Sheriff’s Office.

A pistol license is valid until suspended or revoked or until you move out of state.  The license is valid anywhere in New
York State EXCEPT New York City.
 If you are arrested, your pistol license may be suspended or revoked.  If a pistol
license holder dies, the license must be returned to the Surrogate Court and pistols surrendered to a police agency within
15 days.  Thereafter, the pistols may be legally sold or transferred of by the estate within one year.  After one year they  
may be destroyed pursuant to law.
David P. Bartlett, SHERIFF                     John W. Davi, UNDERSHERIFF
Columbia County Sheriff's Office

NOTICE: Effective February 1, 2015

  • Due to the Sheriff's Office ability to fingerprint Pistol License Applicants by Live-
    Scan, the federal fee for fingerprint backgrounds has decreased.  A US POSTAL
    MONEY ORDER for $89.75 must accompany the Pistol License Application when
    submitted.  Until that time, a US POSTAL MONEY ORDER for $91.50 is still required.

  • Also, please note that the Application submission and fingerprinting will now be done
    on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays.