John Spezze, Sheriff
Andy Rohrich, Undersheriff

641 West 3rd Street
PO Box 699
Salida, Colorado 81201

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 719-539-2596
Communications Center Fax: 719-539-3648
Records: 719-539-2814
Records Fax: 719-539-1077
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Concealed Handgun Permits

Under Colorado Revised Statute 18-12-201, county sheriffs in Colorado are authorized to issue written concealed handgun permits (CHP) to county residents who meet certain statutory requirements.

The purpose of the application process is to protect the safety of both the public and the permit holder by reasonably insuring that the permit holder is capable, both mentally and physically, of proper conduct while handling a firearm; to provide a reasonable assurance that a person so permitted is knowledgeable in the use of firearms and is informed of the statutory restrictions on such use; and to prevent the issuing of permits to persons who are prohibited by law to possess such weapons.

Applications may be obtained from the Records and Administration Office, 641 West 3rd Street, between 9am and 4pm Mon-Thurs. Alternatively, you may download an application and print it. Below are the links:

ccw new

ccw renewal

The application packet is to be read thoroughly, printed or typed and completed in full. Upon completion, the application and the required fees are to be delivered to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office during business hours for processing. Prior to processing, you will need to schedule an appointment for fingerprints. Fingerprinting is done on Saturdays. You may call 719-539-2814 with any questions and to schedule your fingerprint appointment.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

        • Must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of Chaffee County, with a Colorado driver license, Colorado Identification Card, or other valid proof of identity, age, and residency.
        • Must successfully complete a background investigation that includes, but is not limited to, information obtained from the National Crime Information Center, Colorado Crime Information Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, driving records, and other law enforcement agencies.

In addition, the applicant must have proof of completion of a firearm safety training course or class. 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. It may be in the following forms:

        • Certificate from an NRA certified instructor.
        • Evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competitions.
        • Current certified firearms instructor.
        • Current military orders or proof of honorable discharge from a branch of the United States armed forces reflecting handgun qualifications.
        • A certificate showing retirement from a Colorado law enforcement agency reflecting handgun qualifications.
        • Certificate of completion from any firearms safety class or course available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college or university, or private firearms training facility.

There will be a processing fee of $152.50 that must accompany the application. This fee includes a $100.00 administration fee for the Sheriff’s Office and $52.50 for a CBI criminal history check.  The application fee shall be payable to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.    These fees are non-refundable in the event the permit is not issued.

This permit is valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to make sure the permit is renewed. You may renew your permit within 120 days prior to the expiration date. A renewal fee of $63.00 payable to Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office (cash, check, or money order) will be assessed at the time the permit is renewed. This fee includes the $50.00 sheriff administration fee and $13.00 processing fee for a CBI criminal background check. A permittee who fails to file a renewal form on or before the permit expiration date may renew the permit by paying a late fee of $15.00 in addition to the above mentioned renewal fees. No permit shall be renewed six months or more after its expiration date and the permit shall be deemed permanently expired. A person whose permit has permanently expired may reapply by submitting a new application and the required fees.


The Chaffee County Sheriff will deny concealed handgun permits to applicants who are likely to abuse such privilege and be a danger to themselves or others because, by their present or past conduct, they demonstrated an unfitness to be entrusted with such a privilege. Therefore, a permit will be routinely denied to a person who:

        • Is ineligible to possess a firearm under federal law.
        • Has been convicted of perjury in the application process.
        • Is subject of certain kinds of protection orders.
        • Whose criminal record indicates convictions or charges involving felonies, misdemeanors, or ordinance violations related to physical violence.
        • At the time of application, is under indictment for, or charged with any felony, misdemeanor, or ordinance violation, with the exception of minor traffic offenses.
        • Chronically and habitually uses alcoholic beverages
        • Is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance as defined by federal law [This statutory provision prevents issuing a concealed handgun permit to marijuana users, even registered medical marijuana users. WPP]
        • In the opinion of the sheriff or local chief of police, the character, record and reputation of the applicant is such that it could constitute a hazard or risk to the safety and general welfare of the public.

The sheriff may revoke the concealed handgun permit at any time when the permit holder no longer meets the criteria for issuance or falls into a category for which the permit would not have been issued initially. Any peace officer in the State of Colorado may suspend and confiscate a concealed handgun permit issued by the Sheriff’s Office for delivery to the sheriff when the peace officer has reasonable suspicion that the permit holder falls into a category for which the permit would not have been issued initially. The revocation of the permit may be appealed directly to the sheriff if the permit holder believes the permit was unfairly revoked and/or confiscated.