Firearms InstaCheck Unit

The Firearms InstaCheck Unit is responsible for ensuring that proper procedures, along with state and federal guidelines are adhered to and followed by all citizens wishing to purchase a firearm. The Firearms InstaCheck Unit performs comprehensive background investigations into each and every firearm purchase, as well as reviews all concealed weapon permit applications, helping to promote gun safety within the State of Colorado. For additional information about the services provided by InstaCheck please visit the Available Services page. Thank you for visiting the CBI Firearms InstaCheck Unit.



On 06/19/2021, Colorado House Bill 21-1298 went into effect. This means that “It is unlawful for a licensed gun dealer to transfer a firearm to a transferee until the dealer has obtained approval for the firearms transfer from the Bureau, after the Bureau has completed any background check required by State or Federal law.” This applies to background checks that take longer than 3 business days to complete.

You can review the details of the bill at

Thank you.

Contacting CBI InstaCheck

FFL Firearm Background Checks: Area Codes 303 and 720, (303) 813-5700, select option 1
FFL Toll Free Numbers for area codes 719 and 970: 1-844-813-2256, select option 1 


Appeals: (303) 813-5700 - select option 3
Concealed Handgun Permits (CHP): (303) 813-5700 - select option 4
Billing Information: (303) 813-5700 - select option 6
General/All Other Questions: (303) 813-5700 - select option 5
New and Renewing Federal Firearm Licensees: (303) 813-5700 - select option 5 


General Fax Number: (303) 813-5759
Appeals Fax Number: (303) 813-5758

Mailing Address:
CBI InstaCheck Unit
690 Kipling Street, Suite 3000
Lakewood, CO 80215

FFL Information

New Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL): All new federal firearms licensees must send a copy of your FFL license with a clearly visible ATF seal along with at least one phone number for your business to:

Renewals of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL): All federal firearms licensees that are renewing must send a copy of your FFL license with a clearly visible ATF seal to:

Program Manager


Program Manager, Ross Sibley
(303) 813-5708 

Firearm Transfer Section

Manager: Nick Baumgart, Firearm Transfer Section
(303) 813-5703

Supervisor: Maria Ledger, Firearm Transfer Section
(303) 813-5700, Option 5

Supervisor: Matt Fisher, Firearm Transfer Section
(303) 813-5700, Option 5

Supervisor: Erica Jenkins, Firearm Transfer Section
(303) 813-5700, Option 5

Concealed Handgun Permit Section

Manager: James Spoden, Concealed Handgun Permit Section
(303) 813-5702
(303) 813-5700, Option 4

Appeals Section

Manager: Becky Shoe, Appeals Section
(303) 813-5700, Option 3

Billing Information

(303) 813-5700, Option 6