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The Oneida County Sheriff's Office does not issue Pistol Permits. You must start your application process at the Oneida County Office of Pistol Permit Licensing.

Visit the Oneida County Office of Pistol Permit Licensing in the County Courthouse at 800 Park Avenue, Utica, or the office located in the County Courthouse on North James Street, Rome.  The Office of Pistol Permit Licensing webpage indicates the days and hours the two offices are open.  When you have completed the application process:

To schedule your fingerprint and background-check appointment, call the Sheriff's Office ID Card Unit at (315) 765-2223 on Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Pistol permit appointments are scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays only.

When you arrive for your appointment, the clerk will take all the paperwork you have brought.  The paperwork will be checked, and if it is incomplete or erroneous, you will be sent away, and you will have to reschedule an appointment.  If all is well with your paperwork, you will spend about 1/2 hour while we take your fingerprints. Fingerprints are digitally scanned and there is no chance of getting ink on your clothing and you do not need to wear old clothing. Clean hands and fingertips help us capture readable fingerprints that will not be rejected by the system.

After you leave the Sheriff's Office, you will next be contacted by the Pistol Permit Office. This can take two months, or it might take six months.

There is nothing the Sheriff's Office can do to expedite the Pistol Permit process.  We keep your paperwork only as long as necessary, and the delays arise with the FBI and your references.  You can help minimize the turn-around time in the application process by using reliable persons as your references.

Note* Sheriff's Office employees, both civilian and sworn, are prohibited from acting as character references for pistol permits.