Colorado gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy at the county level. Permits are not usually issued to non-residents however they may obtain a permit if they can demonstrate good cause such as owning a property in Colorado, frequent travel etc. All resident permits are issued by the local county sheriff while the Department of Public Safety handles applications for non-residents. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they are competent with handling a firearm.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Demonstrates competence with a handgun.
- Is a legal resident of Colorado.
- Has not been convicted of perjury.
- Does not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages.
- Is not an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
- Is not subject to a protection order.
- Federal Law Requirements
Follow these steps to obtain a permit
- Complete a firearms training course.
- Download application under FORMS tab or pickup from your local Sheriffs office.
- You will need the following documents;
- Completed application – DO NOT sign, must be signed in front of Sheriff.
- Firearms training certificate
- Drivers license or state ID card
- Photo – taken within the last thirty days
- Proof of residency
- Submit your documents in person to a sheriffs office and have your fingerprints taken.
- You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
Fingerprints and photographs may be taken at the time the applicant submits the application.
- Permits can be renewed within 120 days before the permits expiry date but not before.
- The permit is allowed to be renewed for up to 60 days after the expiry date, there is a late fee of $15.
- Any permits that have expired for more than 60 days are deemed to be permanently expired and the person will need to start a new application process.
- The renewal application must be submitted to the sheriff in the county a person resides or owns a business in.
- The law states that the renewal fee set by the sheriff is not to exceed $50.
18.12.211 – Renewal of permits
$52.50 is for the state fee. The Sheriff can charge an additional fee up to $100.
Accepted Forms of Payment
Cashier’s check or money order – payable to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- School, if firearm is left in a locked vehicle.
- All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits
Places Not Allowed
- Public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school
- Secure areas of airports
- Public buildings with fixed security checkpoints such as courthouses
- Snowmobile (permit for predator control required)
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Carry In Vehicle
Carry In State Parks
Carry In Restaurants
No Weapons Signs Enforced
Must Notify Officer