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Pistol Permit (Temporary)

Applying for a Temporary Pistol Permit

To print a copy of the instructions below please click here.

New Temporary Pistol Permit Procedure as of August 10, 2021

The new temporary pistol permit registration for the State of CT and FBI Criminal History Check is done online and WILL REQUIRE a valid debit or credit card for payment. 

*The Town of Bolton WILL NO LONGER EXCEPT CASH OR CHECK payment for the State of CT or FBI background check.

A paper application for your temporary pistol permit will also be required in this process.

At the time of application, applicants must be 21 years of age to apply for a temporary pistol permit:
All applicants must have the following documentation completed to apply for a temporary pistol permit:
(This is the information you must bring to Town Hall BEFORE you can apply to get your fingerprints done).
  1. NRA Firearms Safety and Use Course Certificate:

Complete your NRA Firearms Safety and Use course. A Completion Certificate will be needed to apply for your temporary permit.

What are the minimum firearms training course requirements for pistol permit applicants?
You are required to complete a handgun safety course, which must consist of no less than the NRA's "Basic Pistol Course," prior to submitting the application. The NRA's "Home Firearms Safety Course" and "First Steps Pistol Orientation Program" are not approved courses.

Live fire is also required.  Computer-generated programs, dry-fire, other simulated shooting tools, plastic bullets, air guns or any other alternatives are not acceptable.  Students must fire a semi-automatic pistol or revolver.

       We are only accepting the NRA certificate with the seal on the side, as shown in the image below.


  1. Certified Birth Certificate with raised seal or CURRENT U.S. Passport. Legal Alien Residents must provide Alien Registration numbers and 90-day proof of residency.  Naturalized citizens require proof of citizenship.

  2. Photo I.D (license, state id, current passport)
  1. Privacy Statements.  Please print, read, sign and date (at the bottom of each page) all three (3) pages of the privacy statements. Click here for privacy statements 
  1. Completed PAPER Temporary Pistol Permit Application – MUST BE NOTARIZED:  Applicants must complete the Temporary Pistol Permit Application (DPS-799-C).  A Notary is available in the Town Clerk's Office during regular business hours.  Notary Fee is $2.00.

Click here for the Temporary Pistol Permit Application

  1. Once you have completed all of the above steps and gathered all the documents requested you will need to:

    • Bring all of the above paperwork to Town Hall.
    • Get your application notarized at the Town Clerk’s if needed - Notary Fee is $2.00 and;
  • Once you have brought all your paperwork to Town Hall the Selectmen's Office will send you an email with a link for the following:
    • Register online and pay for your criminal history checks.
* YOU WILL NEED A VALID DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD available for payment to register and to pay for your criminal history checks with the State of CT and FBI.


7.   Fees to be paid once you have registered online in the system:
State of CT Criminal History Check $75.00
FBI Criminal History Check $13.25
Service Fee $ 2.65
Total Fees $90.90
After registering electronically in the system you will be emailed an Applicant Tracking Number and Barcode that you will then take to get your fingerprints done. 
* Fingerprinting will NOT be allowed without the Applicant Tracking Number and Barcode being presented at the time of service.
Please call to check for available hours and appointments for fingerprinting:
CT State Police - Troop K (Colchester)
15 Old Hartford Road, Colchester, CT 06415
CT State Police Headquarters (Middletown) 
1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT

*You must make an appointment online to get your fingerprints done in Middletown - 


Fingerprints will then be submitted by the police department you had them done at.