Multicard announced that it has developed and implemented a standardized concealed carry handgun permit for Colorado’s county sheriffs’ association. Multicard designed and produced the secure, pre-printed identification card to be used statewide.
Multicard was awarded the contract by the County Sheriffs of Colorado Association, an organization that advocates for the Office of the Sheriff across the state. Carrying a concealed weapon permits are issued through the local sheriff’s office in each of Colorado’s 64 counties.
While the application process is the same statewide, prior to this project there was no unified standard for the permit’s design or production. The county sheriffs’ organization contracted with Multicard to develop the permit design, securely produce the pre-printed card templates, and consult on implementation.
A design template incorporating all required information and additional security features was created and pre-printed on standard CR80 size PVC card stock, which is similar to a credit card in size and thickness. The pre-printed card stock was then distributed to the counties for issuance. Additionally Multicard is supplying the fully compatible ID systems needed to print the final permit, which include a configured production software module and printer.
“Without a state standard, it was difficult for law enforcement to verify a valid permit if issued from other counties. This also left room for forgery and fraud,” said Steve Benitez, vice president of sales for Multicard. “The permit design needed to address previously established requirements including the permit holder’s photograph and other identifying information, as well as the signature of the sheriff issuing the permit.”