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Pistol Permits

Pistol Permit Application Process

State Police Headquarters Modified Services/Hours
Effective June 15, 2020, DESPP-HQ Fingerprint Identification Unit will re-open for in person fingerprinting requests by appointment only. For information or to schedule your appointment please click HERE 

Pistol permit applications are processed through the Resident Trooper’s office. To obtain a pistol permit in the Town of Durham, you must do the following:

1.) Fill out DPS-799-C: Application for permit to carry pistols and revolvers.

  • Application information can be found at www.ct.gov/despp.
  • Applications are available in the Office of the First Selectman, Town Hall or you can print the application from this link: Pistol Permit Application.
    Please note that the signature on the application must be notarized. There is a notary available at the Town Hall.

2.) Forward the completed application to the Office of the First Selectman with the following documents:
a. Fingerprints; get fingerprinted at:
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT

Effective June 15, 2020, DESPP-HQ Fingerprint Identification Unit will re-open for in person fingerprinting requests by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments will be taken from 8:30am- 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

To schedule your appointment visit https://portal.ct.gov/DESPP and follow the prompts.

b. Applicant’s ORIGINAL certified birth certificate or valid passport; no photocopies.

c. Certificate or letter attesting to the applicant’s competence with a handgun signed by one of the following:
• NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
• NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor
• Gun Club Officer

The course of instruction must consist of no less than the NRA’s “Basic Pistol Course.”

d. Provide a recent photo of applicant. If valid driver’s license or valid passport is CURRENT, this can be provided as a photo.

e. Provide a check in the amount of $13.25 for Federal background check made payable to Treasurer – State of Connecticut.

f. Provide a check in the amount of $75.00 for State background check made payable to Treasurer – State of Connecticut.

g. Provide a check in the amount of $70.00 for application fee made payable to the Town of Durham.