Pistol Carry Permit Instruction
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What are the minimum firearms training course requirements for pistol permit applicants?
You are required to complete a handgun safety course, which must consist of no less than the NRA's "Basic Pistol Course," prior to submitting the application. The NRA's "Home Firearms Safety Course" and "First Steps Pistol Orientation Program" are not approved courses.
Live fire is also required. Computer-generated programs, dry-fire, other simulated shooting tools, plastic bullets, air guns or any other alternatives are not acceptable. Students must fire a semi-automatic pistol or revolver. Any questions should be referred to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.
Once I have received a Local Permit, how do I
apply for a State Permit?
Instructions to applicants:
New applicants must provide proof of citizenship, such as
a birth certificate, voters registration card or U.S. Passport. Legal Alien
Residents must provide Alien Registration numbers and 90-day proof of residency.
Naturalized citizens require proof of citizenship.
How do I change my address on my Pistol Permit?
You can either call (860) 685-8494, E-mail the information to DPS.Spec.Licensing@po.state.ct.us or mail a letter to the
Department of Public Safety, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, 1111 Country Club Rd., Middletown, CT. 06457. Change of address is required within 48 hours, and the letter should include permit number, name, date of birth, old address, and new address.
May I keep my Pistol Permit if I move out of state?
Yes, providing you notify the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the change of address, and continue to renew your permit.
How long is a Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers good for?
The permit is valid for 5 years from date of issue unless revoked or suspended.
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