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Pistol Permits
New Application Procedures
Applications for Pistol Permits for Ontario County residents are available at:

Ontario County Clerk's Office
20 Ontario St.
Canandaigua, NY 14424

There is a $3 fee for the application. You may receive an application through the mail if you send us the $3 fee and a postage-paid, self addressed, large manila envelope for the return of the application. Postage will be approximately $1.

Four character references are needed to sign the two applications and complete a reference sheet. The references must be residents of Ontario County and must be acquaintances of yours for at least five years.

Character references may not be relatives of the applicant. References cannot be related or married to one another. If you are unable to meet the five-year requirement for your references, list the references anyway and specify the number of years you have been acquainted. Then you will also need to get four additional references from where you previously lived.

Fingerprints & Fees  
Effective January 1, 2010, fingerprints for pistol permits are administered and submitted electronically by L1 Enrollment Services. Visit the L1 Enrollment Services website or call (877) 472-6915 for locations and current fees.

Payment is due when scheduling or at the assigned appointment date. The purchase of a gun is not required to get a pistol permit.

Processing Time
Processing time for the pistol permit is approximately eight months to one year after submitting the application to the Clerk’s Office. You will be notified by mail when your permit is approved or denied. There is a $10 fee due when the new pistol permit is approved.