|If you have questions
regarding pistol licenses,
please call (518-828-0601
|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
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 Thursday (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 W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office
|Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
|NOTICE: Effective MARCH 19, 2012, 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 $91.50 must accompany the
Pistol License Application when submitted.