Finally broke down and finished the process of applying for my permit. Visited the Arapahoe County Sherriff this morning at quarter to nine to find the doors unlocked and everyone in place in spite of their official opening time of 9 AM. I got assigned docket "A" for the day. Every one was upbeat and friendly as though they were happy to see me. My papers were inspected and copied and my signature was witnessed. I gave them papers, money, fingerprints and a photograph and didn't even have to hold the little title board up or turn to the left.
New state rules: All state ID must use a blue background, and if you wear glasses, you must take them off. Next year it might be different.
The whole process took only about 1/2 hour, a notable part of that included fiddling with the electronic fingerprint machine which was proving to be quite fussy this morning.
All that's left is to cool my heels for 15-90 days while all the "instant" checks are performed. Some counties will add a CCW persons name to the police "persons of interest" list which causes the patrolman's computer to flag you when a cop runs your license plate. Some don't. I forgot to ask. Maybe I'll remember to ask when I go to pick the card up since they won't mail it.