The process of getting your CT Pistol Permitstarts with a trip to the police station in the town you reside in to pick up a pistol permit application. (Front desk or records dept.)  Fill out the application fully, following the instructions included in the packet.  (Those instructions include the hours and days in which you can apply and other town requirements such as letters of character reference and photos)   Note that parts of the application will need to be notarized.

When ready to apply, bring your completed, notarized application and photocopy of certificate from a state approved course, otherwise the department will not process your application!  Your fingerprints will be taken at this time for your state and federal background check.  The background checks will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete.  Upon approval, the police department will issue you a temporary permit which is good for 60 days. You will need to take your temporary permit to the only location within the state to receive your State Permit.  This location is the Department of Public Safety in Middletown

Department of Public Safety Office hours and directions

If you let your temporary permit expire you will have to start the whole permit process over again.  Your State Pistol Permit is good for 5 years.  If you let that expire, you will have start the whole permit process again.


City/Town Application Fee:  $70.00

Background Check Fees:  $16.50 Federal and $50.00 State

State Application Fee:  $70.00