Updates to this page are made only when there is a change to Colorado's permit reciprocity with other states.
In accordance with Colorado law (C.R.S. 18-12-213) the State of Colorado will recognize a valid concealed carry permit issued by another state only if all of the following criteria are met:
- The issuing state recognizes/honors a Colorado permit (CHP).
- The permit holder is a resident of the issuing state.
- The permit holder is in possession of a matching state issued driver’s license or a State ID showing that they are a resident of that state.
- The permit holder is 21 years of age or older.
- The permit holder is in possession of a valid permit.
- The State of Colorado does not recognize the validity of a concealed carry permit issued by any state, to a nonresident of that state (see C.R.S 18-12-213, as amended in 2007). Specifically, state law requires the state of residency of the person and the state of issue of a permit to match as proven by a valid driver’s license or identification card issued by that same state.
In addition to out of state visitors from reciprocal states, this state law also applies to Colorado residents. A Colorado resident may only carry concealed in the state using a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). A Colorado resident cannot legally carry concealed in-state using a nonresident permit issued by any other state.
When traveling with a Colorado permit, it is advisable to contact the state you are visiting to confirm reciprocity and to review that state's firearms laws.
Colorado state law passes the authority to grant a reciprocal status to the other states, once our Colorado permit is honored, reciprocity may be established.
The following information is also available to Colorado law enforcement through the CCIC system.