How do I apply for a pistol permit?

Pistol Permit Application Requirements

The Pistol Permit application must be filled out completely on all pages with your Signature notarized (sign & date application in presence of Notary). You must be 21 years of age.

The following must be included when you submit your application to us:

  1. A certified copy of your Birth Certificate if born in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Naturalization Paper if you are a naturalized citizen. A U.S. passport or current Resident Alien Card is also acceptable as proof that you are in the country legally.
  2. Proof that you are a resident of East Hartford. Your CT driver’s license is acceptable, but the license must show your current address. Department of Motor Vehicles must also have your current address on record.
  3. A certificate or letter from a certified pistol instructor affirming that you are proficient in handling a firearm.
  4. Two separate money orders, one in the amount of $50.00 and one in the amount of $12.00, MONEY ORDERS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO: TREASURER STATE OF CONNECTICUT. These will be mailed with your fingerprint card to the appropriate agency for processing. Cash or personal check will NOT be accepted.

Upon acceptance of your notarized application you will be given a State Police fingerprint card to fill out (using black ink). You will then be fingerprinted by one of our Police Officers and will return the fingerprint card to Records for mailing.


When/if your application is approved we will contact you by phone to schedule an appointment for you to pick up your TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT. A fee of $70.00 will be due at that time. Cash, personal check, money order are all acceptable forms of payment.

Please note that the process to obtain your TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT from us takes approximately two (2) months.

This Temporary State Permit is valid for sixty (60) days only from the date issued. You must obtain your STATE permit before the 60 day period expires. We will provide you with an information sheet regarding obtaining your STATE permit at that time.

Records is open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Records is closed on the weekend and legal holidays.

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