Z Pistol Basics LLC

Connecticut Pistol Permit Classes

Pistol Permitting Process

  1. Complete my basic pistol course.
  2. Present the course certificate to the troopers barracks, police department, or town hall (depending on where you live) and request a pistol permit application.
  3. Fulfill the municipality’s requirements and submit the application packet. Requirements include:
    • Must be 21 or older
    • Present the Z Pistol Basics certificate showing you have completed my course
    • Present proof of citizenship, such as birth certificate, naturalization papers, or passport
    • Getting fingerprinted
    • Present three letters of character reference (cannot be from family)
    • Provide passport photos
    • Provide three certified bank checks to your town/city and the state
    • Applications may need to be notarized
    Your municipality may have additional requirements. Contact your town for specifics.
  4. Upon completion of the requirements and submission of paperwork, your information will go to local, state, and federal agencies for background checks. It should take between 8 and 14 weeks for the local authority that initially received your application to get the necessary paperwork back from the various agencies. Be patient; don’t get aggravated. Do not call everyday asking if your paperwork has come in. That tends to make things take longer!
  5. After the temporary state permit has come in through your local authority, take it to the Department of Public Safety.
  6. Things that you have to bring to DPS:
    1. Valid 60 day temporary permit
    2. Personal check or money order payable to DPS (Cash will not be accepted).
    3. Drivers license or Connecticut ID card
    4. Proof of Citizenship

There are five locations where you can get your Pistol Permit ID Card:

  1. DPS HQ
    1111 Country Club Rd (Exit 20 off I-91)
    Middletown, CT 06457
  2. Troop G Bridgeport
    149 Prospect St
    Bridgeport, CT 06604
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
    8:00am–12:00pm and 12:30pm–4:00pm
    11:00am–1:30pm and 2:00pm–7:00pm
  3. Troop C Tolland
    1320 Tolland Stage Rd
    Tolland, CT 06084
    1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
    8:30am–12:00pm and 12:30pm–4:00pm
  4. Troop L Litchfield
    452 Bantam Rd
    Litchfield, CT 06759
    1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
    8:30am–12:00pm and 12:30pm–4:00pm
  5. Troop E Montville
    I-395 (between exits 79-79A)
    Montville, CT 06382
    2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
    8:30am–12:00pm and 12:30–4:00pm

For more information about the State of CT Special Licenses and Firearms Unit, call 860-685-8290 or visit the Connecticut Department of Public Safety.