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The State of Colorado authorizes legal residents of Colorado who demonstrate competence with handguns, to carry concealed handguns in all authorized areas of the state and in accordance with state law. Read State Senate Bill 03-024 (PDF) to learn more and Federal House Resolution 218 (PDF) that authorizes retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed handguns.

How to Apply for Your Permit

Permit applications are processed on a walk-in, first come, first served basis Tuesday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., excluding Holidays.

Denver Police Department Administrative Building
1331 Cherokee St., Denver, CO 80204
(720) 913-6836

  1. Download and complete the information packet, application forms and any other required supplemental documents listed under Citizen Application Forms. Please carefully review all instructions.
  2. When you arrive you must have all documents completed.

A Complete Packet Should Include:

  • The application completed but not signed. All applicants must sign the application in the presence of the issuing county sheriff or designee.
  • An original handgun training certificate or a photocopy that includes the original signature of the class instructor.
    • Certificates must contain the applicant's name, course name, date of the course and the instructor’s original signature.
    • Online, home study and hunter safety courses will not be accepted.

  • A Valid Colorado State identification card.
  • Proof of Denver County residency:
    • Examples - lease agreement, mortgage statement or copy of property tax statement.
  • A CASHIERS CHECK OR MONEY ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $152.50 payable to the Denver Police Department.
    • No cash or personal checks will be accepted.
  • You must complete the concealed handgun permits supplemental form if you answer "yes" to question number 14 on the application.
How to Renew Your Permit

You may submit an application for renewal within 120-days prior to the expiration of your permit.

Due to House Bill 14-1166 that went into effect March 14, 2014, you must submit a concealed handgun permit application (new and renewal) to the county sheriff’s office where you reside, own property or own a business. If you currently have a concealed handgun permit with Denver County and now live in another county, you must renew your permit with that county.

Permit applications are processed on a walk-in, first come, first served basis Tuesday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., excluding Holidays at 1331 Cherokee Street, Denver, CO 80204.

You must bring the following documents and fees with you:

1) A completed permit application, not signed.  Applications must be signed in the presence of the County Sheriff or their designee.  A Supplemental Form must be completed if you answer yes to #14 on the application.

2) A photocopy of a verifiable Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado / military photo ID.

3) A Notorized (PRIOR TO ARRIVAL) permit affidavit.

4) A non refundable processing fee in the form of cashier check or money order for $63.00 made payable to the Denver Police Department. This fee is required for all regular civilian applicants. Personal checks will not be accepted.


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Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204
Information Desk: (720) 913-6010
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