The State of Connecticut requires that the applicant attend an approved course on how to handle and properly shoot a pistol safely. The National Rifle Association's Basics of Pistol Shooting course fulfills the State of Connecticut's minimum training requirements for the Connecticut Pistol Permit, and the Connecticut Handgun Eligibility Certificate as articulated in Connecticut General Statute 29-28(b)(1).
Upon successful completion of the National Rifle Association's Basics of Pistol Shooting course; you will be issued your course certificate and then you can begin your next step.
You will need to download the application for a State of Connecticut Pistol Permit/Handgun Eligibility Certificate Application (DPS-799-C) and the Connecticut Pistol Permit/Handgun Eligibility Certificate Application Instructions (DPS-769-C). Fill out the application completely. The Pistol Permit Application and its associated instructions are provided to all students who take a course with West Hill Pistol Training in their student packet.
1.) On page one (1) of the application - under the section named "Type of Permit Requested;" you will want to check the box next to "60 Day Temporary State Pistol Permit."
2.) On page four (4) of the application - under the section named "Proof of Training;" you will want to check the box next to "National Rifle Association" and attach the copy of your Basics of Pistol Shooting Certificate to the application.
3.) The application must be signed by you in front of a notary public. DO NOT SIGN IT BEFORE!
NOTE: WEST HILL PISTOL TRAINING PROVIDES NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES TO STUDENTS FOR THEIR COMPLETED PISTOL PERMIT APPLICATION (DPS-799-C).
Upon completion of the application, you will need to be fingerprinted for the criminal history check as part of the process. You will need a bank check or money order for the federal processing fee in the amount of $12.00 and a separate bank check or money order for the state processing fee in the amount of $75.00. The check or money orders should be made out to "Treasurer, State of Connecticut". Contact your Town's Police Department or First Selectman's Office if you live in a town with no organized police department, for an appointment.
Submit your completed application and fingerprints for review and the criminal background check. Under Connecticut General Statute 29-28a(b); your municipality has eight (8) weeks to review your application and inform you of its decision to approve it or to deny it.
Upon completing the criminal background check /application process, your First Selectman / Police Chief will issue a 60 Day Temporary State Permit (DPS-11-C). Upon notification by your town, pickup your temporary pistol permit and pay the $70.00 fee to the town with the appropriate form of payment requested by the municipality.
Upon receipt of your 60 Day Temporary State Permit (DPS-11-C), you will need to go to one of the Connecticut State Police Photo Pistol Permit locations. Here you will complete the Application for State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (DPS-46-C); have your photograph taken and then be issued your Connecticut Pistol Permit. The fee for your Connecticut Pistol Permit will be $70.00. You may pay by check / money order (Made out to: Treasurer, State of Connecticut) or cash (Exact amount). The permit is valid for five years and as long as you keep renewing it, you will not have to go through this tedious process again.
You may visit the Connecticut State Police Photo Pistol Permit page for operating hours and locations by clicking below.