Answer all questions honestly. Any deliberate omission or false entry may warrant rejection of the application.
Application must be made in DUPLICATE. Neatly, fill out top half by typing or printing.
Note: the Application MUST be received as a front and back document otherwise it will be returned unprocessed.
Complete the Cohoes Police Department Pistol Permit Information Sheet
Complete the Supplemental Information For Pistol Permit Applicants
Obtain four reputable character references that have known you at least one year, having each character reference fill out the character reference form.
In addition, BOTH copies of the pistol application must be personally signed by each reference in the section indicating signature.
Submit with pistol application, three photos, head and shoulder view, 1 ½ square. 2 photos must be glued to the 2 applications submitted.
A certified copy of your Driver Abstract of Operating Record must accompany your application. It is obtainable from NYS Motor Vehicles for a small fee.
One half of a two part certificate, indicating you have attended the basic pistol safety course must accompany your application. See the Albany County Sheriff's link for scheduled dates for pistol courses.
When the above steps are completed, both pistol applications must be notarized.
Fingerprinting is done through the identogo website. See the instructions provided.
Once your application is complete, the Cohoes Detective Bureau will forward your application to the Albany County Clerk to be processed and forwarded to a judge for approval. Once approved, you will be notified by the County Clerks Office. Permit fee is $10.00 payable to the Albany County Clerk. Amendments thereafter are $3.00 per amendment.
YOUR PISTOL PERMIT, IF ISSUED TO YOU, IS A PRIVILEGE. TREAT IT AS SUCH. THE JUDGE APPROVING TO ISSUE YOUR PERMIT, ALSO HAS THE RIGHT TO REVOKE YOUR PERMIT.