Firearms InstaCheck Unit

InstaCheck Update
March 23, 2020

With 25,468 background checks for firearms transfers received in the last week, as compared to 7,773 received in the same timeframe last year, this has resulted in an increase of 227%. The sustained demand has resulted in a queue of 12,442 with an average turnaround time of approximately four calendar days, which differs from *business days.

When the background check turnaround times exceed the federal regulation of three *business days, it becomes the discretion of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to release firearms outside of this window. However, the CBI strongly encourages firearms dealers to hold firearms until background checks are completed.

The CBI has implemented changes to address this unprecedented volume of background checks, from expanding internal InstaCheck hours to cross-training specialized staff members to assist in the process; however, these efforts must be balanced with protecting the health and safety of employees and reducing the potential for community spread related to COVID-19.

The CBI is committed to performing background checks as quickly and efficiently as possible, as evidenced by InstaCheck’s average turnaround of less than eight minutes prior to COVID-19. That being said, the circumstances impacting communities across the state and the nation have posed significant challenges. The CBI continues to implement adjustments to address the demand, and appreciates the patience of FFL’s and their customers.

*Please note: The 3-day turnaround is based on BUSINESS DAYS (M-F) and excludes holidays. Example: The three business day window for a background check received on Saturday at 10am is Wednesday at midnight.


InstaCheck Update
March 17, 2020

 Due to the extreme volume of requests for background checks for firearms transfers, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck Unit is implementing changes to meet the demand for this critical public safety service, while protecting the health and safety of CBI employees and reducing the potential for community spread related to COVID-19.

Click here to learn more about changes within InstaCheck to address the demand. Thank you for your patience.




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 our "Available Services" page. Thank you for visiting the CBI Firearms InstaCheck Unit.

Program Manager: Ross Sibley
Phone Number: (303) 813-5708 


Manager: James Spoden, Concealed Handgun Permit Section
Phone Number: (303) 813-5702

Phone Number: (303) 813-5700 Option 4


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


Manager: Nick BaumgartFirearm Transfer Section

Phone Number: (303) 813-5700 Option 5



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


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


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


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: Email:

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: Email:


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