The Pistol Permit office is instrumental in the record keeping of all Pistol Permit activity and files for the County. All pistol permit related transactions go through this office, with an original application being housed in the County Clerk’s Office. New York State also receives a copy of the application, as well as one being kept in the Pistol Permit Office. Pistol Permits for Chautauqua County residents are under terms and regulations of NYS laws. 


Once an applicant completes an application, pistol safety course & background investigation, final approval /denial of a permit is the decision of Supreme Court Judge Cass or County Court Judge Foley.

Pistol Permit

“Due to overwhelming number of questions regarding the new gun laws, we are asking for any questions be submitted to and we will respond via email.

Please note that our process has changed!



All gun transactions being done via mail and must include – receipt, copy of permit, copy of drivers license, $3.00 per gun per permit fee and self addressed stamped  envelope.


All fingerprinting will be completed by IdentoGO - Applicants will no longer be fingerprinted at the Pistol Permit office. 

Chautauqua Co. Sheriff’s Office

Pistol Permit Division

3 North Erie Street

P.O. Box 128

Mayville NY 14757

Give us a call and we will be happy to help you! 716.753.4374

Office Hours:

Mon – Thurs

8:30am – Noon

1pm – 4pm

Pistol Permit Tools

Wondering what to expect?


Obtain a permit application packet by doing one of the following:

  • Download the permit application and print it out

  • Pick one up at the Pistol Permit office

  • Request a packet be mailed by sending a self-addressed, STAMPED business-sized envelope (large enough to fit
    8 ½” x 11” paper unfolded)


Take a pistol safe handling class

Make an appointment with IdentoGO and get fingerprinted - $102 fee & ​mandated NYS/FBI background check (to be paid directly to Identogo)


Complete entire application packet & follow the instructions carefully. Wait at least 48 hours after fingerprinting and make an appointment to be photographed & review your application with the Pistol Permit Clerk.  The applicant will pay the final licensing fee - $30 County License fee payable to Chautauqua County Finance Director (cash, check or money order accepted) 

Once the application is received, the background process begins. This involves an inquiry by local law enforcement, NYS & the FBI. At the conclusion of the investigation, the application is forwarded to the Licensing Judges for consideration


Once a permit is approved by a Licensing Judge, the Pistol Permit Office will mail the completed permit to the new permit holder. The permit holder may purchase a handgun and/or co-register one with another permit holder after this is received

You must be 21 years of age & be a resident of Chautauqua County

to apply for a permit.

Applicants with an arrest within 5 years will be denied!

eMail the Pistol Permit Clerk

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  • You must have instruction in the safe handling of pistols

  • Firearms Instructor must be certified & County approved

  • Certificate must be turned in with the application

  • Certificate expires after one (1) year

   “Please do not call the pistol permit office to check on the status of your application.  We have been overwhelmed with applications.  We are currently issuing permits that were submitted 6-8 months ago."