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The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is now processing East End pistol license applications curbside in front of the office at 100 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY.

The Sheriff’s Office 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). The Pistol License Bureau maintains over 5,000 active files and records, and records renewals, handgun transactions, and other correspondence for each active file.

In order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the processing of pistol licenses was temporarily suspended while new procedures could be put in place to protect the staff and the general public. Those new procedures now allow citizens to apply for a pistol license without having to enter the facility. In order to apply, the new procedures require the applicants to drive to the Pistol License Bureau in Riverhead, park in a designated parking spot, and call the bureau to let the investigators know they are onsite. Investigators will then respond to the vehicle and conduct business curbside.


Please note that appropriate face coverings should be worn by both investigators and the applicant, applicants should not come in person if they are feeling unwell or have a suppressed immune system, and curbside pistol licensing will be unavailable in times of inclement weather.

For more information, and to download a Pistol License Application Packet, please go to and click on the “Services” tab at the top of the page.