Centennial State

Handgun Training

Personal Safety and Security


Why should I take a handgun class?

A handgun training class is required to get a Concealed Handgun Permit CHP, if you have no other valid proof of training in the last 10 years. A training class is essential to learning proper gun handling, safety, and storage as well as shooting skills. Even experienced shooters can learn something new.

Why should I carry my gun concealed?
Even though open carry is allowed in Colorado in approved areas, carrying concealed is the smarter way to go. Carrying your gun in plain view gives away all the tactical advantage you gain by having your gun hidden. It is better to keep the bad guys guessing and to avoid any undue concern from the public viewing an exposed handgun. 

Why do I need a permit?
In the state of Colorado you must have a permit to conceal a firearm on your person. It is a misdemeanor weapons charge to carry without a permit in Colorado. In some other states, it is a felony.

Do I need to provide a reason why I want the permit?
You do not need to provide a reason why you want a permit. If you are asked why you want a permit, “Personal Defense" is a good enough answer. Some other more restrictive states will make their citizens provide a reason or proof of need. Colorado is very supportive of concealed carry and does not require a reason.

Is there a minimum or maximum age limit to obtain a permit?
A permit applicant must be at least 21 years to obtain a permit. There is no maximum age limit. There is an exception for persons under 21 years of age who wish to receive an emergency permit due to imminent danger to that person.  If you are under 21, you may take the class and then apply for a permit on your 21st birthday.

How long is the permit valid?
The permit is valid for 5 years from the date of issue and can be renewed.

Can I use my Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit in other states when I travel?
Yes, you can use your Colorado CHP in states that have formal reciprocity with our state. Currently the Colorado Permit is honored in 32 states.  However; you must follow the laws of the state that you are in while you carry. The laws of the fifty states can be found at the following websites and should be checked before you begin your trip.




How long is the training certificate from the class valid for?
The CS Handgun Training certificate and the NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate are valid for 10 years.


How much does the Colorado Concealed Permit cost?
In most Colorado Counties, the cost is $152.50. Up to one hundred dollars goes to the sheriff for processing and $52.50 goes to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for the background and fingerprint check.  Fees may vary. 

If I am active duty military, do I have to take a training class?
If you are active duty, you are not required to take a class, BUT we recommend that you do take a class. The rules of engagement and the use of deadly force are very different in civilian life. It is important to know what you can and cannot do legally. Your military career can be affected if you get it wrong.

If I am former military, do I have to take a training class?
If your DD-214 is less than 3 years old, you are not required to take a class. If your DD-214 is more than 3 years old but less than 10 years old, it must show Pistol qualification in the last 10 years. If the DD-214 is more than 10 years old, then you have to attend a class or show other written proof of training in the last 10 years.

Do I have to apply for the permit in the county I reside in?
Yes, you must apply in the county you reside in. If you move to another county in Colorado, you must notify your previous sheriff within 30 days.

Do I have to register my gun?
NO, you do not have to register your gun. The permit is for the user, not the firearm. You do NOT have to provide the make model or serial number and you may choose whichever handgun you like.

Can you help me choose a gun?
Our instructors will discuss your needs and steer you in the right direction depending on your situation.


Do I have to take a test to get a permit?
There is no shooting or written test required to get the Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit. If you take the NRA Basic Pistol Course, there is a written test that students are expected to score a 90 percent or better on. And live fire training is included.

What can I expect when I apply for a permit?
The best advice is to contact your County Sheriff’s office.  Just do an online search for Jefferson County Sheriff, for example.  The home page will come up and a link for Concealed Handgun Permit will be somewhere on the page.  The process is very standard since Colorado is now a “Shall Issue State”. 


Some counties require that you make an appointment to get your application processed; some counties allow you to walk in. When you arrive to get processed, you will be fingerprinted, photographed and the sheriff will collect your application fees. Your application will be reviewed and your proof of training will be copied. Your original certificate should be returned to you.   


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