We do not give refunds or reschedule missed appointments.
When registering for a fingerprinting appointment, a session is available if you see displayed 0/1 and you can continue through the prompts to payment. A session is full if you see displayed 1/1 and a prompt appears that says "session is full". There is only one registrant per thirty-minute session.
The estimated time from fingerprinting to your handgun license pick up is approximately nine months. There are several reasons for this time frame; the Pistol Office was on COVID pause for several months and catching up, there has been an increase in the number of applications for a handgun license in Orange County, there are only three Judges who review the applications, and it is a national election year. The Pistol Office has more than twenty dedicated Investigators working to assist with your application process. They thank you for your patience!
Do not miss your fingerprinting appointment
Wed, Jun 15, 2022
The Fundamentals of Tactical Handgun (FOTH) 1 & 2 classes are resuming. The classes currently online are full because we are working off a waitlist generated from the COVID pause. Additional classes will be posted soon. If you would like to get on a waitlist for FOTH 1 & 2 or Tactical Mindset, please email Range Supervisor Sheryl Thomas as firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified when a class has been scheduled. Please contact our Unit Office with additional questions at 845-291-4005.
Pre-requisite courses are required for enrollment in the Civilian Tactical Handgun Training program. Click here for more information: https://www.orangecountygov.com/1365/Civilian-Tactical-Handgun-Training
FOTH 1 & 2 Classes Resuming
Wed, Jun 08, 2022
If you are applying for a Handgun License in Orange County you will need to schedule an appointment for Fingerprinting. Fingerprints are done only at the Sheriff's Office. Appointments for fingerprinting are currently being scheduled approximately six months out. Register for your fingerprinting appointment first. Then, schedule your Handgun Safety Course.
To register for an available fingerprinting appointment you must first create an account at this site. Then, you may register and pay for the session of your choice. For detailed instructions on how to register for a session, see the Menu Tab at the top of this webpage, HOW TO REGISTER.
For detailed instructions on the Handgun License/Permit Application Process see https://www.orangecountygov.com/1012/Pistol-Permit-Application-Process.
DO NOT CONTACT THE PISTOL OFFICE REGARDING DIFFICULTY REGISTERING FOR A FINGERPRINTING APPOINTMENT. CONTACT THE CIVILIAN HANDGUN TRAINING UNIT AT 845-291-4005 OR 845-281-3024.
Handgun License in Orange County
Thu, Sep 09, 2021