HB24-1174 Update

Attention FIREARMS instructors:  We are in the process of creating our Instructor Verification program. Once complete, you will find the necessary resources at this location such as application, fees, eligibility requirements, and procedures for the program. This information will be available before the tentative effective date of August 8th, 2024.

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Welcome to our Concealed Handgun Permit Application page, dedicated to providing you with a straightforward and efficient application process. Here, you'll find the necessary information and steps to apply for your CHP. Safety and responsible firearm ownership are essential. We are here to answer any questions you might have as you go through the application process on the third-party software, operated by Permitium. Your safety and security are of paramount importance to us, and we're committed to facilitating a smooth and transparent application experience.


Effective June 1, 2024, the Loveland campus at 200 Peridot will only be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am-5 pm. This is a temporary closure and is also reflected on the appointments page.


Current and former LCSO employees:
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Concealed Firearm Program (HR-218):
A note from former Sheriff Justin Smith about responsible gun ownership:


  1. For a new permit you will need to schedule an appointment for fingerprints and a photo- the online application will walk you through scheduling that appointment.

    For a renewal permit, you do not need an appointment, but you will need to come in for a new photo after completing your renewal application. You can come in to our Fort Collins or Loveland office anytime during normal business hours.

  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. 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. 

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

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

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

  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. You will submit your address change through the online application 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. 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 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. You will submit a renewal application with Larimer County.

  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 on reciprocity.

  22. If you need an emergency permit, please call our CHP Unit at (970) 498-5157. These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis, and our unit will guide you through the process to apply. 

Concealed Handgun Permits

For permit or application specific questions, contact...

(970) 498-5157


For questions regarding technical issues with the application site, contact...

Permitium Help Desk