How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Colorado

By eHow Legal Editor

Colorado's constitution specifically avoids the issue of concealed weapons and its various jurisdictions are inconsistent on the issue. There is no standard on firearms permits and Denver has been allowed to retain home-rule status over state law on some points. Legislation was passed in 2003, in an attempt to make firearms laws consistent. The following steps will help you carry a concealed weapon in Colorado.

Take a training course in firearms. Your county sheriff's department can provide you a list of qualifying courses.

Fill out the application form from your county sheriff's department but do not sign it. You can download it and an information packet at www.co.boulder.co.us. Take it back to the county sheriff's department and sign it before the sheriff.

Submit the permit fee and fingerprint fee. The permit fee is determined by the sheriff. The fingerprint fee is determined by the FBI. Neither fee is refundable if your permit application is denied.

Provide your training certificate and a photograph. The sheriff's department may take your photograph when you submit your application.

Show a valid Colorado driver's license or military ID and have two complete sets of your fingerprints taken. You will also need to pass a criminal background check. Your permit will be good for five years. A renewal fee is charged after that period.

Receive a temporary emergency permit if your life is in immediate danger. An emergency permit is good for 90 days. Applicants are responsible for the permit fee and the fingerprint fee.