• Tall ships docked at Fort Trumbull during OpSail 2012.

  • The Coast Guard Barque Eagle docked at its home port in New London.

  • The Thames Base Ball Club of New London plays vintage ball at Fort Trumbull.

  • Crowds enjoy the surf and Summer sun at Ocean Beach Park.

  • Art lovers enjoy work at the annual Salon des Independants at Hygienic Galleries.

  • A fish-eye's view of the majestically renovated Garde Arts Theater.

  • A community parade passes City Hall on State Street.

  • A bustling Waterfront Park during SailFest.

  • A lone tug passes Harbor Light on a foggy day on the Thames River.

  • The Reducers rock the boardwalk at Ocean Beach.


New London City Hall
181 State Street
New London, CT 06320

PHONE (860) 447-5200
HOURS Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


In order to ensure greater efficiency and quality control, the New London Police Department will implement a change in the submission portion of the Department’s current pistol permit application process. The change will become effective on May 1, 2016. 

New London temporary pistol permit applications will only be accepted for submission on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays at the New London Police Department from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. except on holidays.  

Department contact for pistol permit application submission is Lori Robinson, Investigative Services Secretary.

Pistol Permit Process

Pistol Permit applications can be picked up at the New London Police Department at any time.


Connecticut General Statutes mandate a single permit system within the State of Connecticut. The Chief of Police will issue a 60-day Temporary State Permit, valid in the State of Connecticut to carry (but not to purchase) firearms.  For further statutory information, see Chapter 529 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Items required at the time of submission of Pistol Permit Application are:

  1. Application for Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (DPS-799-C) Application must be notarized.
  2. Completed fingerprint card (State Applicant card DPS-125-C). Fingerprinting may be performed at the police department in accordance with our regular schedule (click here for more information).
  3. Photograph of applicant (no group photos), preferably passport-sized
  4. Copy of birth certificate, US Passport or other proof of lawful U.S. residency
  5. Copy of certified NRA Basic Pistol Course or an acceptable equivalent. The course must contain “live fire,” and student must fire a semi-automatic pistol or  revolver. The NRA’s Home firearms safety course and “First Steps Pistol Orientation Program” are not approved. Must also include copy of instructor’s card from NRA.
  6. Copy of DD-214 if applicant has ever served in the US military
  7. Additionally, the following certified checks or money ordersmust be submitted to the NLPD:
    $12.00 to "Treasurer, State of CT"
    $75.00 to "Treasurer, State of CT"

The local process takes at least eight weeks, dependant upon the state and federal response time of your fingerprint-supported background check.   Once the background check is complete, we will contact you to schedule a suitability interview with the Commander of the Investigative Services Division. Once the Chief has signed your temporary permit, you will then be contacted when you may pick it up.  At the time you pick up your permit from the police department, you must submit a certified check or money order for $70.00 to the City of New London.

You will be supplied a list of locations and schedules to obtain your five-year permit from the State of ConnecticutAt that time, you must submit $70.00 to DPS.  Along with the funds, you must bring your temporary permit and proof that you are legally and lawfully in the U.S. (i.e., birth certificate, passport, citizenship or immigration papers).  Your photograph and signature will be taken at the State permit location. Any questions on this process may be directed to Lori Robinson, Police Secretary, Investigative Division, (860) 440-6681.