Frequently Asked Questions

Do active police officers who do part-time security work have to be registered as a security
No. Active police officers accepting secondary employment are not required to register or complete training. Individuals
previously employed as police officers are considered civilians and must register and complete all training. When employed by
a contractual entity, they must complete an Employee Statement, but they do not need to be fingerprinted. However, if an
active police officer is hired by a contractual entity as an investigator, or if they are filing a PI/BEA/WGP application with the
Department of State, they must be fingerprinted
How soon does a guard need to send his or her renewal form and $25 fee to the
Department of State?
A renewal is mailed to the guard 90 days prior to the expiration date. Guards must renew their registration by the expiration
date of their current registration or they cannot work as a security guard. If their registration has not been renewed within 6
months after the expiration date of their current registration, they must re-apply and re-qualify.
Do I really need Employment Screening Services and Background Checks?
“ABSOLUTELY YES”… Employment Screening Services and Background Checks are vital to maintaining workforce integrity
and security. Experience has shown that the worst among us often time hold positions of authority and trust in our community.
Before you subject your friends, business associates, or loved ones to a potentially harmful personality, get all the facts!
How do I apply for a pistol permit in Erie County, New York?
Step 1
In order to apply for a pistol permit in Erie County, you must be 21 years of age and be a resident of Erie County. You are
not required to buy or own a gun at the time of application.
Step 2
You may pick up the application packet at the Erie County Pistol Permit Department, or you can receive one by mail by
sending a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to:
Erie County Clerk’s Office
Pistol Permit Department
92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Note: Application forms to be submitted for filing must be obtained at the Pistol Permit Department. FOR APPLICATION
PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, a Draft/Work Copy Only can be downloaded by clicking here. This draft copy is not
considered an official application form.
Step 3
Please read and follow the instructions on the application carefully to avoid any unnecessary delays in the process.
Applicants must come to our office in person when submitting the completed application. When you come in to apply, we
will collect a processing fee of $20 up front, saving a trip later on. This fee can be paid in cash, check or money order
made payable to Erie County Clerk.
Step 4
Part of the application process includes various background checks by New York State and the FBI, and an interview by
the applicant’s local police. Once all necessary background checks are completed, the application is then submitted for
consideration by one of the Licensing Judges.
Step 5
Once a permit is approved by a Licensing Judge, the applicant must purchase a handgun and/or co-register one with
another permit holder. The applicant must appear in person for the initial sign-up for the approved permit.
How do I become a New York State Security Guard?
  • Find a licensed NYS security training facility. (Register Now)
  • Take the state mandated courses in order to become a certified security guard
  • Apply for the NYS security guard license through your training facility