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New York State Police to send recertification letters to pistol permit holders

Dan McClelland

New York State Police will soon send recertification letters to pistol permit holders.
Any pistol permit issued before January 15, 2013 must be re-certified to the Division of State Police on or before January 31, 2018. The State Police are required to notify these permit holders by January 31, 2017.
Pistol permits issued on or after January 15, 2013 must re-certify within five years from the date of issuance.
The procedure requires the permit holder to affirm that he or she is not prohibited from possessing firearms under state and federal law, and to confirm certain information relating to his or her pistol permit, such as name, current address, and date of birth as well as information about the firearms owned.
There is no fee associated with the process. According to the statute, failure to re-certify shall act as a revocation of the permit.
The website to re-certify is: https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/.
Although the process does not involve the St. Lawrence County Clerk's Office, it was recently announced that computers will be available in the office for permit holders who do not have access to an online system. The office will also have forms available for those who prefer to re-certify by mailing in a hard copy.
If recertification is done online, you will get an email receipt. If pistol ownersrenew by mail and provide an email address, you will receive an email receipt or you can check your status online. For those who re-certify by mail, your next re-certify date will be five years from the date your form is stamped as received.
Those with questions can call 379-2237.