Update: The city’s assault weapon certification program is currently on hold due to the voluntary pause in the enforcement of assault weapons ban announced on Aug. 30, 2022.

City of Boulder residents who prior to June 7, 2022, were legally in possession of an assault weapon shall have until December 31, 2022, to obtain a certificate for the assault weapon from the Boulder Police Department.

Obtaining a Certificate from the Boulder Police Department

Starting on July 11, the police department's main location at 1805 33rd St. will certify firearms on Tuesdays between 4 and 7 p.m. and Thursdays between 12 and 3 p.m. Appointments are walk-in only and first come first serve.

A person certifying a firearm will need to bring valid photo identification and the firearm being certified. Firearms must be unloaded and left secured inside a vehicle. Do not bring any magazines. A background check will be performed to ensure that the weapon holder is legally able to be in possession of the firearm. Once the background check comes back clear, two certificates per firearm will be filled out by hand and given to the person registering the firearm. The person receiving the certificate shall keep one copy with the weapon certified and the second copy in a secure place to replace the certificate maintained with the weapon. The police department does not keep any records. If both certificates are lost or destroyed after Dec. 31, 2022, possession of the weapon is no longer legal. Note that if a resident has already certified a weapon, they do not need to do it again.

The cost of this service is $20.00 for the first firearm and $5.00 for each additional firearm during the same certification. Payment can be made by cash or credit card. The police department is only able to accept Visa and Master Card.

If you have questions regarding this, please call Officer S. Little at 303-441-3477, leave a message and he will call you back.