Pistol Permit Recertification Email
Several SCOPE members are getting emails about their pistol permit recertification and are, legitimately, concerned about a scam. SCOPE tried to get confirmation from the state police.
A visit to the state police web site is not helpful in confirming if these Emails are valid.
The state police web site “contact information” contains a phone number. (You will have a better chance reaching the IRS on April 15th). We tried. After a very long message you get to press 1 and end up in oblivion.
The web site also has an Email address - but it goes to the governor. Good luck getting a timely response that does not refer you to the state police web site.
Finally, calling the local troop headquarters got a human being who tried to help. She investigated and could only say, “We believe Emails are being sent out”. She could not confirm yes or no and she cautioned not to click on any links in the Email.
Our best advice is to treat the Email as a reminder, only. Do not click on the links. Below is the information that SCOPE previously sent out. It contains a legitimate link to start the recertification process.
The deadline for pistol permit renewal in New York is five years after your exact date of certification.
Examples: 1/1/2017 is due 1/1/2022; 1/31/2017 is due 1/31/2022; 1/1/2018 is due 1/1/2023
You can check on the date you certified on this site: NYS Pistol Permit Recertification
You will need your driver's license number.
It's faster submitting the information on-line, but you can still submit a paper application
Information is available at the NY website. NYS Pistol Permit Recertification
You will need all of the information on the pistols you will be submitting AND your New York Driver's license
SCOPE strongly suggests that, before sending the information in,
you TRIPLE CHECK the information, as just one mistake can cause a problem.
After submitting, you can go back to the "HOME PAGE" and check for confirmation that your application has been accepted and that you're "good".
Do yourself a big favor and print out the information so you can have it when you have to renew again.