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Hon. Thomas G. Clingan
First Deputy County Clerks
Albany County Clerk Programs and Services
How to Apply for a Pistol Permit, Amendment, or Gunsmith/Dealer License in Albany County
Are you TRANSFERRING a Pistol Permit from another county within New York State?
Pistol Permit Amendments
Gunsmith/Pistol Dealer's License
For pistol permit applications in ALL OTHER ALBANY COUNTY LOCATIONS (the City of Cohoes, the City of Watervliet, and the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland and Green Island):
First, read the information below, then follow the link to review our checklist of the steps to a pistol permit in Albany County.
The PPB-3 Standard Application form is now on the State Police website The New York State Police has authorized standardized application form PPB-3 for all pistol permits in New York State. Below is a link to their website. You will need to print TWO letter-size copies of the PPB-3 on plain white paper, and each MUST BE PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES OF ONE PAGE. We cannot accept applications that are NOT double-sided. You will then submit both of the completed and signed originals in accordance with the requirements.
NEW: Electronic Fingerprinting is now required!
Required Basic Pistol Safety Course
Finally, this link takes you to our one-page sheet of instructions about the permit process [PDF*]. You may wish to print this out for your information.
PLEASE NOTE that pistol permit applications are processed right away by this office, and forwarded as soon as possible to a judge for decision. We will notify you in writing immediately after the judge's decision on your application. We ask you not to call to inquire about your permit. Callers are told they will receive a letter just as soon as we receive the judge's decision.
You are responsible for advising our office of any change in your address, or any other change impacting a term or condition of your pistol permit. You must also submit an amendment request whenever you acquire or dispose of a pistol.
You will need to download and complete BOTH the New York State Police Amendment AND the Albany County Attachment.
The originals of BOTH the PPB-5 AND the Albany County Attachment must be submitted to our office (County Courthouse, Room 128, 16 Eagle Street, Albany). You will be notified by mail just as soon as we receive word of the judge's decision on your amendment. The charge for each amendment is $3, payable when you pick up your amendment.
PLEASE NOTE that amendment applications are processed right away by this office, and forwarded as soon as possible to a judge for decision. We will notify you in writing immediately after the judge's decision on your application. We ask you not to call to inquire about your amendment. Callers are told they will receive a letter just as soon as we receive the judge's decision.
The PPB-6 Gunsmith/Dealer in Firearms license form is now on the State Police website . The New York State Police has authorized this application form for all Gunsmith/Dealer license permits in New York State. Below is a link to their website. You will need to print two letter-size copies of both pages of the PPB-6 on plain white paper, and submit both completed and signed originals in accordance with the requirements.
All the other requirements for a Gunsmith/Dealer in Firearms are the same as the requirements for a Pistol Permit, except that no pistol safety course is required. Please click here to view the Pistol Permit requirements.
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