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.

Review the details of House Bill 21-1298

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


InstaCheck Program Manager: Becky Shoe

Firearm Transfer Section

Interim InstaCheck Manager: Erica Norton, Firearm Transfer Section
303-813-5706 or 303-813-5700, Option 5

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

Supervisor: Jacob Velasquez, Firearm Transfer Section
303-813-5700, Option 5

Supervisor: Zack Mount, Firearm Transfer Section
303-813-5700, Option 5

Concealed Handgun Permit Section

InstaCheck Manager: James Spoden, Concealed Handgun Permit Section
303-813-5700, Option 4


Appeals Section

InstaCheck Manager: James Spoden, Appeals Section
303-813-5700, or option 3

Billing Information

303-813-5700, Option 6