The County Clerk's Office does not issue original application packets for pistol permits. However, after approval by the Judge, the County Clerk's Office issues the original license and processes subsequent amendments to such license.

No pistol permit paperwork will be accepted after 4 p.m.- except by appointment

For NYS Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption form. Click link below:

Pistol Permit Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Opt-Out Form

For information regarding the NYS SAFE Act, Click link below:


If applicant resides within the Village of Penn Yan
 Penn Yan Police Department
 (rear) 111 Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
If applicant resides outside the Village of Penn Yan:
 Yates County Sheriff’s Office
 227 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527


Resident of Yates County for one (1) year.
21 years of age, unless applicant is honorably discharged from the United States army, navy, marine corps, air force, or the national guard of the State of New York, no age restriction shall apply.


$99 fee upon submission of application to issuing agency 
$10 at the time license is issued by the Yates County Clerk’s Office
$8 fee for plastic card amendments
$3 fee for paper permit amendments


Character references must be by persons who have lived in Yates County for at least one (1) year and have known the applicant for at least one (1) year.
Fingerprinting - appointments can be made by calling the Yates County Chamber of Commerce at (315) 536-3111
Four (4) photos are required and must be submitted with application. Available at the Yates County Clerk's office for a fee of $10.
Application process can take three to four months.
County Clerk’s Office will notify applicant when application has been accepted.
Address changes must be made within thirty (30) days of moving.
There is no expiration date on New York State pistol licenses.
License must be surrendered when moving out of state.