Eligibility Certificates

Possession of a state issued CERTIFICATES OF ELIGIBILITY by an appellant during the pendency of an appeal to the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners does not permit the appellant to carry pistols  or revolvers, but does allow the appellant to purchase handguns, and verifies that the appellant by possession of same has presented positive identification and successfully passed a national criminal background check for entitlement of have the certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety.

The application process for a state issued  Certificate of Eligibility does NOT require a finding of suitability as part of the application process.  Positive identification and a background check resulting in no disqualifying arrests or court orders will more than likely result in a CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY being issued.

Possession of a current valid ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE by an appellant at the time of any hearing before the board, will be accepted by the board as verification of the appellant’s positive identification together with the fact that the appellant has NO disqualifying criminal or civil incidents at the time of the hearing.

Possession of a valid ELIGIBITLY CERTIFICATE by an appellant whose case is before the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners does not in any way certify that the individual appellant possesses the suitability required by law receive, possess or have returned a permit to carry pistols or revolvers.  The right to a permit to carry pistols or revolvers in all incidents where there has been a denial or revocation must be determined by the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners after a full hearing before the board on all facts regarding the permit reason for the denial or revocation."

Information below was copied from Department of Public Safety website:

Eligibility Certificate (New & Renewals)

1. New applicants must complete the DPS-799-C and DPS-164-C, sign in the presence of an official when your photo is taken.

2. Submit a letter or certification attesting that you have completed an approved course in the safety and use of pistols/revolvers. This must be signed by one of the following: an N.R.A. certified pistol/revolver instructor, a DEP certified instructor or a state certified firearms instructor.

3. Submit a complete set of fingerprints with a check or money order for $35.00 payable to DPS.

4. When applicable, criminal and/or mental health records must be submitted (C.G.S. 29-36g)

5. Renewal applicants must submit a DPS-129-C and follow instruction for pistol permit renewal above including citizenship and residency requirements.


REMINDER: Troop locations will be closed on State and Federal holidays and during inclement weather. No appointments necessary.

DPS Headquarter @ The Special Licensing & Firearms Unit
Tel. (860) 685-8290
1111 Country Club Road (1st floor, left side of elevators), Middletown, CT. 06457
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 am – 4:15 pm / Directions: I-91 N or S exit 20, Turn left at stop sign and follow signs to Department of Public Safety

Troop C – Tolland
Tel. (860) 896-3271 Troop G – Bridgeport Tel. (203) 696-2532
1320 Tolland Stage Road 149 Prospect Street
Tolland, CT 06084 Bridgeport, CT 06604 (closed Monday)
1st & 3rd Tues. of the Month, 8:30 am-12:00pm & 12:30-4:00pm T-W-F-S, 8-12 & 12:30-4 pm Thurs. 11-1:30 &2-7pm

Troop E – Montville
Tel.: (860) 848-6539 Troop L – Litchfield Tel.: (860) 626-7914
I-395 N (between exits 79 & 79A) 452 Bantam Road
Montville, CT 06382 Litchfield, CT 06759
2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 8:30 am-12:00 & 12:30-4 pm 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, 8:30-1200 & 12:30-4 pm

Troop D – Danielson
55 Westcott Road
Danielson, Ct 06239
3rd Saturday of every month, 9 am – 3 pm. Please call Headquarters with questions.