Subject to limited exceptions, possession of a handgun or rifle/shotgun in New York City requires a license (for handguns) or a permit (for rifles/shotguns) issued by the NYPD License Division.
As of January 1, 2018, the NYPD License Division will only be accepting on-line applications for handgun licenses, rifle/shotgun permits, and renewals, at the "NYPD Permitting & Licensing" public portal. Applications on paper will no longer be accepted.
To access the portal and learn more about applying on-line (on the computer) for a handgun license or a rifle/shotgun permit, visit https://licensing.nypdonline.org.
The NYPD License Division is located at One Police Plaza, Room 110A, in Lower Manhattan, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM. The telephone number for the Handgun Section is (646) 610-5560, and the telephone number for the Rifle/Shotgun Section is (718) 520-9300.