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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees

Notification to Stakeholders;
CBI Proposed Rule Changes - 8 CCR 1507-20

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is amending these rules to update the timeframe for appealing a denial decision, to update the hours of operation for conducting background checks, and to update the CBI public point of contact for public inspection of documents related to these regulations. The public hearing on these proposed rule changes is April 15, 2024 at 11:00am. To review the proposed changes, please go to the following URL:

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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees - Fee Update

To: All Colorado Federal Firearms Licensees;

Colorado House Bill 13-1228 went into effect on March 20, 2013, and required that a fee be collected for firearm background checks before a firearm transfer by a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).

Effective April 1, 2024, the CBI will increase the fee to conduct a firearm background check to $12.50. Although it is always challenging to predict the demand for background checks, this new rate will ensure the CBI operates above a deficit but below the point at which an excess reserve would occur. In other words, we would leave the rate at $12.50 for as long as possible.

Any firearm background check processed before April 1 will be assessed the current $10.50 fee.

The fee increase pertains only to CBI firearm background checks and not the fee a licensed gun dealer may charge for private firearms transfers pursuant to Colorado House Bill 13-1229.

If you have questions regarding your InstaCheck account, please contact InstaCheck Billing at 303-813-5700, option 6. The InstaCheck Billing section is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. (MST), excluding state holidays. If you have any other InstaCheck-related questions, please don't hesitate to contact an InstaCheck supervisor at 303-813-5700, option 5. InstaCheck's hours of operation are Sunday-Saturday, 9:00 A.M. through 9:00 P.M. (MST).

***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees - 3 Day Waiting

Effective October 1st 2023, HB23-1219 will go into effect. This law designates a waiting period for all firearm sales in Colorado. It is unlawful for any person to transfer a firearm to a purchaser until "three days after a licensed dealer has initiated a background check of the purchaser." FFL's must still have an approval from CBI before transferring any firearm. (Please refer to HB23-1219 for any exemptions)

In the future, CBI will update the system to display the transfer date and time but until then, FFL's will be required to wait 72 hours after the background check was submitted to transfer the firearm and only when they get an approval from CBI. If you have any questions, please call 303-813-5700 Opt#5.

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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees - Digital IDs

The CBI InstaCheck Unit is now accepting digital IDs from the MyColorado application as they have been confirmed to be secure and verifiable. The ID must be from the app and not a screenshot or photograph of the ID. If you have any questions please call 303-813-5700 Opt#5.

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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees - Under 21

Effective October 14,2022 the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Instacheck Unit will begin placing persons who are 18-20 years of age attempting to purchase a firearm on delay for additional research. This process is in accordance with S.2938 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act signed into federal law 06/25/2022. Based on this law, our agency is required to delay the background check and contact appropriate agencies.

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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees - HB 21-1298

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

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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees - FAQ

Please visit the Firearms FAQ Page found on the Firearms Instacheck Unit-Colorado Bureau of Investigation Website.

More information has been added to better answer commonly asked questions from buyers and FFL's alike.

If you have any questions not addressed in the FAQ page, please feel free to contact the Instacheck Supervisor line at 303-813-5700 option#5.

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***Attention All Federal Firearm Licensees-New and Updated FFL Licenses

To all new and existing Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs), please provide a copy of your new license prior to the expiration date. Failure to provide us with an updated copy of your license before the expiration date may result in the inability to process firearm background checks through the InstaCheck system. Once submitted, your request may take up to 1 business day to complete. At that point, we will contact you when your account has been updated.

Please be sure to include a signed copy of the license that has a visible ATF seal. Additionally, new FFLs must provide a phone number associated with your license.

You may send a copy of your most current FFL license by fax or email.

Fax: 303-813-5759


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