The New York State Police are reminding people who have a concealed carry permit that they are required to recertify their permits every three years.

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This is a new change to New York State Law that was implemented to ensure that every permit holder is qualified to possess firearms at the time of recertification.

Recertification can only be done online. State Police will no longer accept paper forms. Anyone who has a permit issued in New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Westchester County should follow the recertification requirements that are in place in their county.

The New York State Police encourage individuals to recertify electronically through their website, https://gunsafety.ny.gov/pistol-permit-recertification, as it is the fastest way to ensure that the recertification process goes smoothly.

The online recertification process requires personal information such as name, address, date of birth, New York State Driver License, or Non-Driver Identification number, and an inventory of licensed pistols and revolvers. Most of this information can be found on the county-issued pistol/revolver license.

Recertification is free of charge. However, existing county fees associated with new applications and amendments still apply. Individuals with suspended firearms licenses cannot recertify, as they are prohibited from possessing firearms.

To check their recertification status, residents with both New York State and out-of-state identification can visit the website www.firearms.troopers.ny.gov. If using an out-of-state identification number, they can enter it in the DMV Client ID field. The recertification process is considered complete once a recertification number is received.

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