Firearms and Permit Related Forms and Information
- Form DPS-799-C - Eligibility Certificate/Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers/Non-Resident Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers
- This form is used for 60-Day Temporary Permit issued by your local municipality;
- Non-Resident Application for Pistol Permit; Call for a complete packet which includes fingerprint card at 860-685-8290.
- Eligibility Certificate for Purchase of Pistols and Revolvers (not a carry permit);
- Eligibility Certificate for Purchase of Long Guns - Out of state resident are eligible to apply.
- (Please call for packet at 860-685-8290)
Effective April 1, 2014 you will be required to have either a pistol permit, eligibility certificate for pistol or revolver or a eligibility certificate for long gun in order to purchase firearms and legal magazines. Hunting licenses and 14-day waiting periods for long gun purchases will be obsolete.
Permit to Carry Pistol or Revolver Permit
Eligibility Certificate to Purchase a Pistol or Revolver
Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Long Guns
Long Gun Eligibility Certificate Application Packet which includes the DPS-164-C and DPS-799-C, can be obtained by calling the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at 860-685-8290
Instructions included for new pistol permits, renewal of pistol permits in person, renewal of pistol permits by mail; security officer pistol permit; bail enforcement agent pistol permit; new and renewal of eligibility certificates for pistol or revolver, new and renewal for long gun eligibility certificate and new and renewal of ammunition certificate.
Magazines and Ammunition
Effective April 1, 2014 you will be required to have either a pistol permit, eligibility certificate for pistol or revolver or a eligibility certificate for long gun in order to purchase firearms and ammunition.
Declaration of Large Capacity Magazine
You must declare your magazine(s) prior to January 1, 2014. Any application received after that date will be returned unless post marked on December 31,2013.
Please fill out Declaration and if available, attach copy of original sales receipt describing your purchase prior to effective date of CGS Sec. 53-202w. If you do not have your original paperwork, you may compose an affidavit/statement, stating that you owned the magazine(s) prior to the effective date of CGS Sec. 53-202w, and have the affidavit notarized prior to mailing or dropping it off at the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit office. Please make sure that you sign your paperwork in front of the notary.
Effective January 1, 2014; Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers must submit this form for any LCM(s) taken into inventory from a private individual.
- Form DESPP-417-C - Application for Ammunition Certificate - Effective October 1, 2013
Please follow instructions before appearing in person to have a photograph taken and have your fee payable to the "Treasurer State of Connecticut", or exact cash payment. Out of state resident are eligible to apply.
Application to Purchase a Firearm
Must be filled out and retained for 20 years or in the case of FFL dealers until you have gone out of business.
Sale or Transfer of All Firearms
Must be filled out completely and legibly. You must obtain a firearms sales authorization number by calling (860)685-8400. Instructions for mailing copies appears at the bottom of the form.
Authorization hours :
- Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Authorization numbers can also be obtained via our IVR system: 1-877-410-8717
Assault Weapons: Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-202a through 2020
Newly defined Assault Weapons:
Any newly defined assault weapon that was lawfully purchased on or before April 4, 2013, but was not transferred by that date, may be transferred pursuant to such lawful purchase and a sales authorization number may be obtained for such transfer. Sellers are required to verify that a lawful purchase occurred on or before April 4, 2013 prior to transferring such firearm.
Proof of lawful possession will also be required by DESPP from the owner of the firearm with the Application for Certificate of Possession of Assault Weapon.
You must apply for a certificate of possession prior to January 1, 2014. Any application received after that date will be returned unless post marked on or before December 31,2013. Please fill out both halves of the form completely and legibly. You may apply your own thumbprint to the form and sign the form in the presence of a notary. An additional notarized affidavit/statement will be needed if you do not have the original sale receipt or DPS-3-C showing the date of possession/purchase prior to the law taking effect. Please have forms notarized prior to mailing or dropping them off at the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit office.
Law Enforcement Officers FAQs
What can someone do if they are in possession of a banned assault weapon that they have not registered and/or a high capacity magazine that they have not declared?
- If the weapon is no longer located in the state, you are in compliance;
- If the weapon has been sold to an authorized firearms dealer, you are in compliance;
- If the weapon is still in your possession, you may:
- Arrange to relinquish your assault weapon(s) and/or large capacity magazine(s) to a state police troop or police department having jurisdiction where you reside; or
- Render the assault weapon(s) and/or large capacity magazine(s) permanently inoperable.
Will law enforcement be going door to door to confiscate unregistered assault weapons or undeclared magazines?
- No, but just like any other item that is unlawful (i.e. contraband) to possess, if an individual is found to be in possession of an unregistered assault weapon or undeclared magazine, they are subject to arrest and prosecution.
May I use my assault weapon before it’s been acknowledged?