Training Disclaimer

Per State requirements, internet-based training where no direct contact with an instructor, firearms, or physical environment is insufficient.   A personally attended class given by a "certified instructor” is required.

A message from former Sheriff Justin Smith about responsible gun ownership.

Please read ALL of the following application information.

If you do not find the information you need on this website or have additional questions, you may call 970-498-5157 or email

Online CHP Application Process via the third-party service Permitium:

  • A valid personal email address is required for all applicants.
  • For all applications - New and renewal applications, replacements, and requests for name or address change to your existing permit.
  • Fingerprints and photo are required for all new applicants and appointments are made in Permitium.
  • Visit the Permitium by clicking here to start the application process.  This usually takes less than ten minutes to complete and a credit/debit card is required for payment. 

CHP Fingerprints for NEW APPLICANTS:

  1. Schedule an appointment in Permitium.  Appointments are available at LCSO Administration at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins or Larimer County Loveland Campus at 200 Peridot Avenue in Loveland.  Walk-ins will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Arrive at your appointment location with your valid Colorado driver's license or ID and deputies will take your photograph and fingerprints.
  3. Staff will conduct CCIC/NCIC and local records checks, and if no prohibiting circumstances are discovered, your permit will be mailed to your residence within 90 days from the date your fingerprints are submitted.

When you apply for a concealed handgun permit (CHP) at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, a total processing fee of $132.50 is required.  This fee pays for forms, ID cards, local criminal history checks, other administrative costs to maintain your 5-year permit, a state and national criminal history check (fingerprints), and an Insta-check (NICS) per Statute.  Instructions regarding paying the fee are explained in Permitium. 

**Current/former LCSO employees**  Please email the CHP unit ( for instructions about applying for your permit.

CHP Renewal Information

CHP Renewal Requirements

Apply for your CHP Renewal Here

Address Change, Name Change, Lost or Stolen CHP Replacement

Complete your change of address or name, or replace a lost or stolen CHP Here


Some states may honor your permit. As this information is determined, it will be posted on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s Concealed Handgun Permit Reciprocity page.

Retired Law Enforcement Officer Concealed Firearm Program (HR-218)

The Sheriff maintains qualifications for LEOSA/HR-218 compliance. Details of qualification, application and renewal forms, and authorizing legislation are available on our information page.


  1. Yes.  You will need to schedule an appointment during the online application process so we can take your fingerprints and photograph.

  2. Processing times can take up to 90 days after your fingerprints are submitted. We can advise current processing time when you submit your application. If there is a question about your background, we will contact you by phone or by email.

  3. We will mail your permit to you. 

  4. Yes. CBI requires that a new set of fingerprints be done for all new CHP applications.

  5. Yes we do if it was originally issued within the last 10 years.

  6. You need to locate a "certified instructor." They usually have classes at a shooting range, a sporting goods store, or independently. 

  7. A personally attended class given by a "certified instructor" is required. Internet-based training where no direct contact with an instructor, firearms, or physical environment is insufficient. Live fire is not required, but it is highly recommended.

    CRS 18-12-202 (2) A “certified instructor” is a person who is certified as a firearms instructor by:
    1. A county, municipal, state, or federal law enforcement agency
    2. Peace Officer Standards and Training board
    3. A federal military agency; or
    4. A national nonprofit organization that certifies firearms instructors (NRA).

    Please refer to the application packet for other forms of handgun training that we can accept. 

  8. Permits are not transferrable from county to county. Your permit is valid statewide. You will need to update your address with the original issuing agency so they can print a new permit with your current address. As of 2014, you will have to renew your permit in the county that you currently reside, own a business or own property.

  9. No. Submit your address change through our online system.

  10. You are required to notify us within 30 days or you could be subject to a Class 1 Petty Offense.

  11. You will receive an email reminder approximately three months before your permit expires.  If you do not have an email address on file, you will receive a renewal reminder in the mail.

  12. Typically between 2-6 weeks, depending on our and CBI's workload.

  13. No. Only new applicants need to provide proof of firearms training.

  14. No. The Colorado Revised Statutes that were revised in 2003 state that those permits issued prior to May 17, 2003 were set to expire by June 30, 2007 instead of the current Sheriff's term. New permits issued after May 17, 2003 are now valid for a 5-year period. A letter was mailed in early 2007 to those permit holders that were affected by this change and were informed that they needed to renew their permit by June 30, 2007. If you did not receive this notice, please be advised that your permit has now permanently expired and you will need to reapply for a new permit. 

  15. You will have to renew in the county that you currently reside, own a business, or own property.  After you receive your new permit, please return your invalid Larimer County permit to us.

  16. Submit your renewal through our online system.

  17. No. You only have up to 6 months past the expiration to renew it, after that it is permanently expired and you must apply for a new permit.

  18. Yes, if we reciprocate with that state and you have an out of state driver's license. Once you obtain a Colorado driver's license, your out-of-state permit is no longer reciprocal. 

  19. No. You must upload your CO Drivers License or ID card when you submit your application. 

  20. No. We need to see your original firearms training certificate that was issued within the last 10 years by a "certified instructor." 

  21. You can check CO reciprocity on CBI's website for the most up-to-date information: