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Concealed Handgun Permit

Due to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in La Plata County, the Administrative Offices at the La Plata County Sheriff's Office will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.

  • Fingerprinting services will not be available during this closure period.
  • Late fees for renewal of Concealed Handgun Permits will be waived if expiration is during the closure period.
  • Records requests can be made HERE.
  • If you have civil papers to be served please mail the papers along with a check for payment to the address below.  To look up the fees for your particular type of paper service, go to Civil Process Fees.  For questions regarding Civil Paper service please call 970-382-7050.  

                                        La Plata County Sheriff's Office
                                        ATTN: Civil Process
                                        283 Girard Street
                                        Durango, CO  81303

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 970-247-1157.  Staff will be answering phone calls Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.


Effective immediately: if you are applying for a Concealed Carry Permit or are obtaining Court ordered fingerprints, your temperature will be taken  upon your arrival.  We request that a mask is worn due to the close proximity during the fingerprinting process.  If you are unable to or choose not to wear a mask, please be advised we will not be able to schedule your appointment at this time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

In order to obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit, you must first obtain and complete the La Plata County Sheriff's Office Concealed Handgun Permit Application.

Upon application, you must present:

  • A valid Colorado picture ID, such as a driver's license or ID card, military ID, or passport;
  • Proof of training; certificates from on-line courses WILL NOT be accepted per CRS 18-12-202(5) in its entirety.
  • Give a fingerprint sample - by appointment only for initial applications and renewal applications with name changes;
  • Include Processing fees:
    • Initial Application Fee - $132.50 (cash, check, credit/debit). A portion of this fee pays for processing the fingerprints through CBI and the FBI as defined in CRS 18-12-205 ($52.50). The remaining $80.00 fee covers the cost of forms and administrative expenses. These fees are required for all civilian applicants.
    • Renewal Application Fees - $63.00 (cash, check, credit/debit). A portion of this fee pays for processing the renewal application through CBI ($13.00). The remaining $50.00 fee covers the cost of forms and administrative expenses.  These fees are required for all renewal applications.

These fees are non-refundable regardless of whether your application is approved or denied.

New Concealed Handgun Permit applications are accepted by appointment only on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Due to the fingerprinting requirement, staff will be available to take fingerprints and are done by appointment only.  Please call 970-247-1157 to set up an appointment for fingerprints.

Renewal applications do not require fingerprints be taken again unless you have had a name change since your original permit was issued.

Renewal applications my be dropped off during regular business hours which are M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Sheriff's Office conducts a detailed investigation of your criminal and general background. The Sheriff’s Office will notify you when final status has been reached on your application and you will receive your permit by mail.

The permit is good for 5 years, and it will automatically expire unless renewed.  A Renewal application may be submitted no more than 120 days prior to the permit expiration date and up to 6 months after the expiration date.  If the renewal application is submitted after the expiration date a $15 fee will be added to the processing fee per CRS 18-12-211 Renewal of permits.

For more information, or to apply for a permit, contact the La Plata County Sheriff's Office main office located at 283 Girard Street, (in the old Armory building), between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 970-247-1157.