Pistol License Bureau

The Pistol License Bureau is responsible for the investigation, issuance and maintenance of all pistol licenses for residents of the five eastern townships (East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold).  Currently the Pistol License Bureau maintains over 5,000 active files and records.  The Pistol License Bureau records renewals, handgun transactions, and other correspondence for each active file.  In addition the Pistol License Bureau records all handgun transactions for every sworn member of the Sheriff's Office and maintains an active file on every sworn member.  The Pistol License Bureau is located at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.


In case of DEATH, SERIOUS ILLNESS, or MENTAL DISIBILITY of a Pistol License Holder, please contact the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Pistol License Bureau as soon as possible.  DO NOT handle any firearms; leave all hand guns and long guns where they are and contact the Pistol License Bureau first for assistance.

Pistol License Bureau Hours (Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm): call (631) 852-2233.

Saturday/Sunday & After Regular Business Hours: call (631) 852-2286.

Email: scso.pistols@suffolkcountyny.gov


FOIL Exemption (Opt Out) FormPDF Document Icon 

NOTE: This form is for Pistol Licenses issued by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office ONLY.  If you have a pistol license issued by another law enforcement agency, contact your issuing agency for more information on the FOIL Exemption form.