Pistol Permits

Applying for a Temporary Pistol Permit

Per the Governor’s executive order, any of the following licenses that “expires or expired at any time on or after March 1, 2020”, shall have an additional 90 day extension.

  • Pistol Permits:
    • Temporary pistol permits issued by a local authority normally have a 60 day expiration.  By executive order, 90 additional days have been authorized (150 days from issuance);
    • Pistol permit renewals normally have a 90 day grace period after expiration.  By executive order, 90 additional days have been authorized (180 days from expiration).
  • For a full list of extensions, click here. 

Pistol permits are applied for in the town in which you reside. In Voluntown, pistol permit applications are done through the Selectmen’s Office. Due to Town Hall limited opening, appointments are required at this time to drop off applications. Please call Julie at 860-376-5580 to make an appointment. 

At the time of application, applicants must be 21 years of age and present the following

For a printable version of these directions, click here.

1. Completed Temporary Pistol Permit Application – Notarized

Applicants must complete and submit the Temporary Pistol Permit Application (DPS-799-C).  Applications can be printed here or obtained in the First Selectman’s Office at Town Hall. A Notary is available at Town Hall.

2. Fingerprint Card

Digital or ink (digital is highly suggested) from any State Police barracks. (State police websites for days/times fingerprinting is done). Fingerprints are checked with Connecticut State Police records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Troop E will be accepting fingerprint applicants by appointment only Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. beginning June 15th. To schedule an appointment call the Troop E Clerk’s Office at 860-848-6520 during business hours. Applicants should bring a valid photo ID or US Passport and a $15.00 check payable to the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut. Applicants are asked to call Troop E Dispatch at 860-848-6500 upon arrival at the Troop or use the blue courtesy phone outside the Troop and wait in their vehicle for an escort into the building for fingerprinting. Applicants are asked to wear a face mask suitable to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing when possible.

3. 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.   Any questions should be referred to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.

4. Provide Proof you are legally and lawfully in the United States:

Applicants must provide a certified birth certificate, OR a CURRENT U.S. Passport. Legal Alien Residents must provide Alien Registration numbers and 90-day proof of residency.  Naturalized citizens require proof of citizenship.

5. Photo ID

6. Fees – THESE MUST BE SEPARATE CHECKS/MONEY ORDERS FOR EACH OF THE 3 FEES

  •     $13.25  CHECK OR MONEY ORDER payable to the “Treasurer – State of Connecticut”
  •     $75.00  CHECK OR MONEY ORDER payable to the “Treasurer – State of Connecticut”
  •     $70.00  CHECK OR MONEY ORDER “payable to the Town of Voluntown”

The Town will send your information and checks to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). Processing of applications and fingerprints through the Connecticut State Police and FBI takes approximately 6-8 weeks. When the Town receives a Criminal History Record Report from the DESPP, you will be notified of the APPROVAL or REJECTION of your Temporary Pistol Permit by the Town of Voluntown. This Temporary Permit is effective for 60 days.

Within 60 days, you must apply to the DESPP for the State Permit. For information on what to bring when applying for the State Permit, click here.

Department  of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Headquarters
1111 Country Club Road
PO Box 2794
Middletown, CT 06457
(860)685-8494

Troop E Montville
(860)848-6520

Troop D Danielson
(860)779-4900

If you have any questions please contact the Selecmen’s Office at 860-376-5880.