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Body-camera distance

The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.


Posture: Straight ahead

Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.



Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.

NY gun license digital photo - size & requirements

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Width: 1.5 in
Height: 1.5 in
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Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 0.09 in
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More about New York Gun License Photo - Requirements

Photo for NY gun application

While applying online for a New York gun license, you will need digital color photograph of yourself. It should measure 1½ x 1½ inches and show you from the chest up. Do not wear any article of clothing or adornment that obscures your facial features.

Basic requirements for gun license photo

  • Submit a color photo, taken in last 6 months.
  • Use a clear and unaltered image of your face. Do not use social media apps to process your photo as they may apply filters.
  • Have someone else take your photo, because selfies are not allowed.
  • Take off your eyeglasses before taking your photo.
  • Use a plain white or off-white background.

Resolution for pistol license

Submit a high resolution photo that is not blurry, grainy, or pixelated. The image has to be between 600 KB and 5 MB, which corresponds to resolution of 300 Pixels/Inch (120 Pixels/cm) depending on compression and color depth.

Print Size

The correct size of a NY gun permit photo is: 1.5 x 1.5 inches (38 x 38 mm). Head must be between 0.75 -1 inch (19 - 25 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.

Gun license photo quality

Submit digital file attachments to your application in following formats: .jpg .jpeg .pdf .tif .bmp .png .gif. Do not digitally modify or enhance the photo. Remember that you cannot submit a scan of a damaged photo showing holes, creases, or smudges.

Attire – photo for NY gun license

  • You cannot wear glasses. If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with the application.
  • Wear the same clothing you normally use on a daily basis. You cannot wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire.
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering. If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of traditional religious attire worn continuously in public. If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor's statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
  • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot block your hairline or cast shadows on your face.
  • You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.
  • You can wear jewelry and keep on your facial piercings as long as they do not hide your face. Permanent tattoos are acceptable for NY firearms license photo as well.

Firearms license – Pose and Expression

  • Have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open.
  • Face the camera directly with full front of the face in view.

What mistakes to avoid on a pistol license photo?

These simple mistakes can cause the rejection of your application when you are trying to get a Firearms License. Let’s see what not to do with your photo for gun license:

  • Submitting photo taken more than 6 months before
  • Submitting old or not in color photo,
  • Wearing glasses, head covering, or other items,
  • Having closed eyes, opened mouth, or wide smile,
  • Wearing clothes that are not allowed such as uniform.

Remember that the right size of a photo is 1.5 x 1.5 inches (38 x 38 mm), and it cannot be a selfie. A very common mistake is to apply an overexposed or underexposed photo with red-eye effect – the photo must show your natural appearance!

NY Gun License photo online tool

Our photo editor was created to help you prepare the correct firearms license photo taken on your own at home. All you have got to do is to follow the requirements and to take a photo of yourself. When the accurate photo is ready, just upload it on our site and in just a few minutes you will receive the corrected photo back.

This tool is able to remove the existing background and replace it with the correct one; check all the important elements, like the color of the photo, lighting, shadows or your facial expression; and also resize your photo by cropping it to a perfect size.

Last update: 6/7/23

About the document

Gun License Application Information

The process for obtaining a handgun license in New York City is long. It takes between 3 – 6 months, and waits up to 8-10 months are not entirely uncommon.

The process for getting a long arms permit (shotgun & rifle) is now the same as getting a handgun permit. Long arms permits usually take anywhere from 9-12 months.

Since 2018, the NYPD only accepts online applications for handgun licenses, rifle/shotgun permits and renewals. The process includes registering a profile, submitting fingerprints and required documents, and paying the application and fingerprint fees. Once an application has been received and reviewed, the NYPD schedules an in-person interview. Within six months, the applicant will receive a letter stating whether the application was approved.

General requirements for carrying a handgun are that the permit holder is at least 21 years of age, of good moral character, and in a safe mental and physical condition to operate a firearm. Before issuing a gun license, the NYPD conducts a background check that includes a close review of the applicant’s medical and legal history, such as reports of arrests, summonses and domestic violence.

Applicants for a carry or premise license must also submit a letter of necessity. No training is required to obtain a gun permit, and the same application process applies to residents, part-time residents and people employed in New York City. Retired law enforcement officers are eligible to apply for a license, and those who were employed in New York City are even waived the handgun license application fee. Similarly, security guards can obtain a permit with appropriate documentation from their employer.

Anyone who completes an application, satisfies the NYPD’s general requirements, as stated above, and passes the background check is eligible for obtaining a New York gun permit.

NY Gun License and Permit Types:

PREMISES LICENSE: This is a restricted type of license. It is issued for your residence or business.

CARRY BUSINESS LICENSE: This license permits the carrying of a handgun concealed on the person. It is valid for the business name, address, and handguns listed on the license.

LIMITED CARRY BUSINESS LICENSE: This is a restricted type of license. The licensee may only carry handguns indicated on the license in accordance with the specific limitations listed.

SPECIAL CARRY LICENSE: The Special Carry License is valid for the business name, address and handguns listed on the license, only while the licensee has in his possession a valid carry county license. One license needs the other for validity.

CARRY GUARD LICENSE: (security guards, etc.) This is a restricted type of license. Applications for this type of license must be made with the documentation provided by a company's gun custodian.


This permit is issued for the possession and purchase of rifles and shotguns.


This type of license is for retired Law Enforcement Officers.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Can I take a firearm license photo by myself?

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Yes! Why search for "Firearms license photo near me"? You can avoid any hussle and take the photo in the comfort of your own home. You can use a digital camera or your newer smartphone. Once taken, upload it to Passport Photos Online to check if it's done right.

What's the best way to take the photo for a gun license?

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Find a well-lit area of your home. Hang a plain white or off-white bedsheet or tablecloth behind you. If you don't have one, don't worry. Our web site is capable of retouching the background. Just upload your photos to Passport Photos Online, and in just 3 seconds we will produce a photo that's guaranteed to be approved.

Can I take a gun license photo myself?

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No. You will need help to take the photo. Ask a friend or a family member to assist you. Selfies are not accepted. You cannot digitally remove your camera holding hand from the photo. Your application would certainly be denied. If you have a photo that you are not sure about, submit it on Passport Photos Online, and our servers will analyze your file and provide you with recommendations.

In January 2018 New York changed the regulations. Since then, you can only submit your application online. Offices that process the applications are located in Manhattan and Queens respectively. You would use the same process to apply online for both. You would need a handgun permit photo or shotgun and rifle license photo to submit either application.

New York state gun license photo requirement states that a digital photograph has to be 1.5" x 1.5" square. Our intelligent software will crop the file you submit to our web site at: Passport Photos Online. Our site will also make sure that your head is the correct size within the photo.

Follow the same online process as you would for new applications. Make sure you understand New York State gun license photo requirement. Download photo instructions from our web site and follow our guide to file everything yourself.

You have to submit a digital image with your online application. The photo must be current, in good resolution, 1.5" square, following standard US passport photo guidelines. Pistol permit/license and long arms license requires the same type of image file.