Appeals Information

The CBI InstaCheck Appeals Unit - works with individuals who are denied the ability to purchase a firearm and appeal to the CBI for reconsideration. The Appeals Unit, upon receiving the appeal, will review the denial and return a response within 30 days. In many cases, the Appeals Unit is able to overturn a denial based on additional information provided by the appellant or obtained by the CBI as a result of the appeals process. On many occasions the Appeals Unit has been able to work with the appellant to correct or update erroneous or missing information from the record. This may not only result in a reversed denial, but assist in the correction of information which could otherwise have a negative impact on things such as professional licensing, housing, and employment.

If you are denied by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for the purchase of a firearm you have the right to appeal the decision. We cannot disclose the reason(s) for your denial over the telephone, nor do we handle appeals in person. In order to appeal you MUST submit your intent to appeal in writing.  Please use the form below:

Appeal of Denial Form


Effective January 9, 2017, reversal notifications sent to Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) by the InstaCheck Appeals section will be delivered through the mail or email only. FFLs will receive these written notifications when their customer has been reversed within 30 days of the original transaction. We are requesting any FFL that would like to receive this notification via e-mail, to please send a request to the InstaCheck Appeals section at: CDPS_CBI_InstaCheck_Appeals@State.CO.US Please ensure that the request includes the full FFL number, store name and a statement asking to have the reversal notifications sent via e-mail. FFLs that do not provide the requested information, will receive ​hard copy notifications through the mail only. If there are any questions, please contact the InstaCheck Appeals section at 303-813-5700 option 3.