The License Division provides handgun licensing services for retiring law enforcement officers from all law enforcement agencies. The Retiree Section is located in 1 Police Plaza, Room 110A. Applicants for retiree licenses must be residents of the City of New York. Non-residents should apply for a license in their county of residence. No appointment is necessary to submit an application; however, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment by calling (646) 610-5536.
Applicants for retired law enforcement licenses must bring a completed application form (PD 643-041) and attachments, a recent color photograph measuring 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, your ID card stamped "Retired" and a completed Pistol License Inquiry Response form (PD 643-155) a/k/a Good Guy letter or equivalent document from your agency.
If you are retiring from the NYPD, click here for the NYPD retirement package with instructions
If you are retiring from another law enforcment agency, click here for the non- NYPD retirement package with instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
What fees am I required to pay?
All new applicants must pay a fingerprint fee of $91.50 when applying. Certain retirees are exempt from paying the application fee pursuant to state and local law. Please call the Retiree Section at (646) 610-5536 if you are usure of your eligibility for the fee waiver. Fees may be paid by credit card or with money orders. The application fee is $340.00 for retirees who do not qualify for a fee waiver. If you are paying with money orders, the money orders should be made payable to the “New York City Police Department.”
When can I submit my application?
The License Division is open on Mondays from 8:30 AM until 8:00 PM and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 AM unt 4:00 PM. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before closing time to ensure that your application is processed. The office is closed on all legal holidays.
Does the application need to be typed?
Yes, NYC rules require your application to be typed. The online application package allows you to fill in the form on your computer and print out a completed copy for submission to the License Division.
Where can I obtain a handgun license application form?
You can pick up a handgun license application from the License Division offices located in 1 Police Plaza, Room 110A, or, you can download an application package from this page. You will need Adobe Reader to display and complete the form.
Do I have to disclose my arrest history if the charges against me were dismissed and sealed?
Yes, New York State Criminal Procedure Law §160.50 (1)(d)(iii) grants the License Division authority to obtain the sealed criminal records of any person who has applied for a license to possess guns. License Division rules require all applicants to disclose their arrest history and submit a Certificate of Disposition showing the offense and dispostion of the charges, along with a notarized statement describing the circumstances surrounding each arrest. This information must be provided even if the case was dismissed, the record sealed or the case nullified by operation of law. Failure or refusal to disclose this information will result in the disapproval of your application for a license or permit.
What should I know about the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (HR 218)?
HR 218 protects retirees from prosecution for possessing a firearm without a license, however its protections are limited. Click here to learn more about the limitations on protection from prosecution for possessing a handgun in states where a retired law enforcement officer is not licensed.