The Permit Valid For 5 years and 5 years upon each renewal.
Non-Residents - $136.50
Renewals - $70.00
A legal resident of the United States with a permit or license to carry a pistol or revolver in any state, which meets or exceeds the requirements of Connecticut statute, may apply directly to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit for a Connecticut State Pistol Permit.
Successful completion of a Firearms Safety course for pistols and revolvers approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection as required by CT State Statute 29-28(b). Which requires the completion of a handgun safety course, which must consist of no less than the NRA's "Basic Pistol Course," prior to submitting the application.
The NRA “Basic Pistol Course” consists of a 10 hour course including at least 50 rounds of live fire, safety handling, firearm parts and operation, ammunition and its function, shooting fundamentals, selection, cleaning and storage of a firearm, etc.
The NRA's "Home Firearms Safety Course" and "First Steps Pistol Orientation Program" are not approved courses.
Cost depends on the location of the class and how much the instructor charges.
Where To Take the Required Training:
Applicants must call the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at (860) 685-8494 and request a state permit application packet to be sent to them.
What Must Accompany The Application:
The following is mandatory for all applicants:
1. Copy of permit(s) to carry a pistol or revolver (with all information clearly legible)
2. DPS 46 Application Card for State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers, completed.
(Please note, at bottom of form: “Dated at”…… is the town applicant resides in.)
3. DPS 799-C Application Form for non-residents completed and notarized.
4. DPS 129-C fully completed, signed and notarized with attached 2 x 2 color passport photo
(stapled, glued or scotched taped to form as not to interfere with the photo, which will be scanned for CT permit).
5. Fingerprint cards – both the blue and green cards, complete
(front side only, not reverse).
6. Cashiers check or money order for $70.00 payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
7. Cashiers check or money order for $50.00 payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
(for CT fingerprint processing).
8. Cashiers check or money order for $16.50 payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
(for FBI fingerprint processing).
9. Documentation of successfully completing a Firearms Safety course for pistols and revolvers approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection as required by CT State Statute 29 28(b). (example: the NRA “Basic Pistol Course” which consists of a 10 hour course including at least 50 rounds of live fire, safety handling, firearm parts and operation, ammunition and its function, shooting fundamentals, selection, cleaning and storage of a firearm, etc.). Send a copy, do not send original.
10. A copy of citizenship (birth certificate or United States Passport). Send a copy, do not send original.
11. Legal Alien Residents need to provide a copy of their Alien Registration card and 90-day proof of residency within their state. If applicable, a copy of naturalization papers should be sent with application.
12. If applicable, include a copy of form DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty from military which MUST specifically state “Honorable” discharge status.
ALL INFORMATION MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE PROCESSED.
FULL LEGAL FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL AND LAST NAME REQUIRED.
****INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE RETURNED!!!!!
Where To Send The Application:
Send the COMPLETED application, and all required documents to the address below.
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Division of state Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Road Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 685-8494
Fax: (860) 685-8496
Connecticut General Statute Sec 29-28a(b) allows 8 weeks to process an application.
Upon receipt of the complete packet, the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit will process the fingerprints and perform a background investigation consisting of verification of the application and criminal history check. Upon approval, the state permit will be mailed to the applicant.
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