Concealed Handgun Permit

General Information

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is pleased to provide you with the following information in order to assist you with the Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) application process. On this page you will find the following information to guide you: application, information packet, required fees, procedures and guidelines for the program. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Concealed Handgun Program complies with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding concealed handgun permits. (Colorado Revised Statutes 18-12-203 through 18-12-207)


Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays.  In the event of inclement weather, please call 719-520-7249.

Please call 719-520-7249 to schedule an appointment.  Please have your proof of training available for verification when calling to schedule your appointment.  

  • The completed unsigned two page application.  If the application is not fully completed, it cannot be processed.
  • Colorado Drivers License or State ID with full legal name and current El Paso County address.

  • $135.00 payable by CASH (exact change REQUIRED, the Sheriff's Office cannot make change), DEBIT/CREDIT CARD with 2.5% bank fee, PERSONAL CHECK, MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK; non-cash payments are made payable to E.P.S.O.  This includes the fee for the background, fingerprint check (CBI Cost) and the processing fee for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

  • Proof of firearms training. *See below for firearms training requirements

Your initial appointment will take approximately 20 minutes. At that time, your application will be reviewed, a photo and signature will be obtained, fees will be collected, and your fingerprints will be taken.



Pursuant to C.R.S. 18-12-211 (1) (a) a permit may be renewed within 120 days prior to the expiration date.

Courtesy renewal reminder notices are typically mailed approximately 120 days prior to the permit expiration date. Please note that no permit will be renewed more than four months ahead of its expiration date, nor six months or more after its expiration date.  

The following three items are required to renew your El Paso County Concealed Handgun Permit:    

  1. Completed, signed, and notarized RENEWAL application
  2. COLOR copy (front and back) of your valid Colorado Driver’s License with your full legal name AND current El Paso County address
  3. A $63.00 PERSONAL CHECK, MONEY ORDER or CASHIER’s CHECK made payable to E.P.S.O.

Please return the above listed items by mail or in person to: 

El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Attn: CHP
27. E. Vermijo Ave.  Colorado Springs, CO 80903

  • Additional firearms training is NOT required for the renewal process
  • The renewal process can take up to 90 days to complete. Concealed Handgun Permits will be mailed to your listed El Paso County address.

OUT OF COUNTY RENEWALS (Renewing from another Colorado County)

In addition to the above three items, a COLOR copy (front and back) of your current county’s Concealed Handgun Permit must be included.

Our office will contact Out of County renewals to schedule an appointment for picture and signature to be included on your new El Paso County permit.

Pursuant to HB 14-1166, which was signed into effect on March 14, 2014, by the Governor; if you no longer reside in El Paso County when it comes time to renew your Concealed Handgun Permit, you will need to contact the county in which you live to renew your permit.

An applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older at the time of the application
  • Be a resident of El Paso County (active military stationed in El Paso County qualify as   residents with a Military ID and PCS Orders)
  • Provide a valid Colorado Driver's License or Colorado ID or a Military ID and PCS orders
  • Submit proof of firearms training within the last ten years
  • Successfully complete a background investigation

Firearms Training Requirements

The applicant must submit with the application the original certificate or a photocopy of the certificate with the instructors original signature, affidavit, or other document from the instructor, school, club, business, organization, or group that conducted or taught the course or class, attesting to the successful completion of the training.  All documentation must have been obtained within the 10 years preceding submittal of the application.

The applicant demonstrates competence with a handgun by submitting any of the following:

  • Evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competitions or current military service;
  • Evidence that, at the time the application is submitted, the applicant is a certified instructor;
  • Proof of honorable discharge from a branch of the United States Armed Forces within the three years preceding submittal of the application;
  • Proof of honorable discharge from a branch of the United States Armed Forces that reflects pistol qualifications obtained within the ten years preceding submittal of the application;
  • A certificate showing retirement from a Colorado law enforcement agency that reflects pistol qualifications obtained within the ten years preceding submittal of the application;
  •  A training certificate from a handgun training class obtained within the ten years preceding submittal of the application. The applicant shall submit the original training certificate or a photocopy thereof that includes the original signature of the class instructor. To the extent permitted by section 18-12-202 (5), in obtaining a training certificate from a handgun training class, the applicant shall have discretion in selecting which handgun training class to complete.  Online courses and Hunters Education certificates are not acceptable.