As many of you are aware, the Safe Act, which was signed by Governor Cuomo on January 15, 2013 requires that all NYS Pistol Permit holders recertify their permits prior to January 31, 2018. The purpose of this recertification is to be sure that all permit holder information is up-to-date including name, address and the listing of weapons owned.
The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office has addressed a number of questions regarding this topic and there seems to be some confusion. Permits issued in Allegany County prior to September 2009 were on paper, after that they were changed to a plastic card. The upgrade was implemented to make your permit easier to work with and hopefully last longer. Many permit holders have come in to upgrade from the paper permit to the plastic permit. This upgrade is NOT THE RECERTIFICATION.
Whether you decide to recertify online or by mail, be sure that you have completed your recertification prior to the deadline of January 31, 2018. This date applies to those permits that were originally issued prior to January 15, 2013. If your issue date is any time after that, your recertification deadline is five years from that date.
The recertification can be done online at the NYS Police website, https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces or by mailing the paper form. The paper form is available online or in our office at 4884 State Route 19, Belmont. If you have any questions please call the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office at 585-268-9204 and we will be happy to assist you.