How to renew a concealed carry permit in Colorado

Posted by Neil Shouse | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

People wishing to renew their CCW permit for carrying concealed weapons in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-12-105) must submit a renewal application to the sheriff's office in the county where they currently either:

  • live
  • own property, or
  • own a business

CCW permits issued in Colorado are good for five (5) years unless they are prematurely revoked. Sheriffs may choose not to renew an application if they believe the applicant no longer meets the criteria for carrying a concealed weapon in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-12-203).

Every county sheriff has its own procedures, deadlines, fees, and renewal paperwork (though most counties share the same common application). People should contact their local sheriff for instructions.

Denver procedures for renewing a concealed handgun permit

CCW cardholders may submit a renewal application to the Denver Police Department within 120 days of the permit expiring. The Denver police department processes renewals on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the following location:

Denver Police Department Administration Building

1331 Cherokee Street

Denver, Colorado 80204

The phone number is (720) 913-6836. The building is closed on holidays.

Renewal applicants must bring the following materials:

  • proof of residency in Denver county (such as a mortgage statement or lease agreement);
  • a completed permit application but not yet signed (signatures must be done in an officer's presence at the station);
  • a completed supplemental application if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen;
  • a Xerox of the applicant's Colorado driver's license (or Colorado or military ID);
  • a notarized affidavit; and
  • a cashier check or money order for $63 made payable to the Denver Police Department.

Learn more at the official Denver Police Department CCW website.

Links to Colorado county sheriff departments' renewal applications/instructions

(In alphabetical order)

Penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a valid permit

A first-time violation of carrying a concealed firearm in Colorado is a class 2 misdemeanor. The punishment includes:

  • 3 to 12 months in jail, and/or
  • a fine of $250 to $1,000

A second or subsequent offense within five (5) years of a prior offense is a class 5 felony. The punishment includes:

  • 1 to 3 years in prison (with 2 years mandatory parole), and/or
  • a fine of $1,000 to $100,000

If someone has a valid and current CCW permit but simply forgets to carry it along with the concealed weapon, then he/she can be charged with a class 1 petty offense. This carries:

  • up to 6 months in jail, and/or
  • a fine of up to $500

About the Author

Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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