Chemung County Sheriff Advises Public Of Changes To Pistol Permit Requirements

ELMIRA – According to Chemung County Sheriff William Schrom, the Sheriff’s Department has received several calls in reference to the New York State Pistol Permit Recertification process.

On Monday Schrom issued a press release to advise the public that this is a New York State requirement, not a county requirement. Therefore, this process must be completed through the New York State Police, not your local County Clerk or Sheriff’s Office.

Per legislation signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, New York State is now requiring for any Pistol Permit issued prior to 09/06/20, that you must recertify your carry conceal permit every three years and your premises permit every five years.

However those who have a New York Pistol Permit should be aware that the state no longer sends out reminder notifications and places the sole responsibility of recertification upon the pistol permit holder. Additionally, New York State no longer accepts paper forms for recertification.

Sheriff Schrom added some additional information you should be aware of:

  1. If you tried to recertify and received a message saying your information doesn’t
    match anything in their system, send an email to They
    will send you a PDF to complete and email back to them.
  2. If you have a serial number that is incorrect, you must delete that pistol and then add
    it again with the correct information.
  3. If you have already come into the pistol permit office and filed an amendment
    removing or adding a pistol and it is not reflected on their website, then delete what
    shouldn’t be there and add what should be. Do this only if you filed an amendment
    with our office first. If you are not sure, contact your licensing agent (County Clerk
    or Sheriff’s Office) accordingly.
  4. In some cases, it seems that if you are trying to do the recertification on a Smart
    Phone, the website may not be responding properly. If this happens to you, try to do
    the recertification on your personal computer.

There will also be two additional state mandates effective September 13, 2023:

  1. There will be a $9.00 dealer fee on the purchase of any firearm.
  2. There will be a background check and a $2.50 fee on ammunition purchases.

Schrom emphasizes that this recertification process is a New York State requirement and must be done through the New York State Police. Currently, there are no fees for this recertification.

If you have any questions or need more information please call the New York State
Police at 1-855-529-4867 or email

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