So, just what is a Multi-State Concealed Carry Permit?

It's a permit recognized by multiple states.

Pretty simple concept.

But wait, aren't all permits recognized by multiple states?

The short answer is no.

There a two forms of recognition. One with reciprocity and one without.

Reciprocity is a formal agreement between the issuing state and another state. It is a formal written agreement to recognize each other's permits.

Recognition without reciprocity is just that. No formal agreement exists and either party can stop recognition at any time and without prior notice. 

So, what does this have to do with the multi-state permit?

Some states refuse to recognize permits from any other states. As a result few (If any) other states recognize their permits. This makes it difficult for their residents to legally carry in other states. 

Some other states, such as Utah, offer permits to residents of other states. These are referred to as non-resident permits.

So if you live in a state whose permits are not recognized in places you wish to travel, you my be able to find a non-resident permit that covers those areas. is a great summary resource for this type of information. 

If you are a Colorado resident with a Colorado permit, obtaining a Utah non-resident permit will allow you to carry in two states (Nevada and Washington) the don't recognize the Colorado permit.

So let's get this straight. Neither of these two states recognize the Colorado permit, but a person with a Colorado permit can obtain a Utah permit which is recognized by those two states. The icing on the cake... Colorado doesn't recognize non-resident permits issued by any state. 

We offer the certification needed to allow you to obtain a Utah non-resident permit. You can obtain this certification regardless of your Colorado residency status.

Our Basic Handgun Training class meets the requirements for both the Colorado Concealed Handgun permit and the Utah Non-Resident Concealed Handgun permit.