Minnesota operates on a “Shall Issue” policy for permits or licenses. There are permits for residents and non-residents. You must be 21 to file an application, and you need to complete a training course. Applications are made at the local level to the county sheriff’s office in the person’s county of residence. Non-residents must apply at a sheriff’s office. You don’t need a permit to keep a firearm at home, transport a firearm, or in a place of business.
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must complete an application form
- Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under Minnesota law
- Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system
- Must be a resident of the county from which you are requesting a permit, if you reside in Minnesota. Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff.
- Must provide certificate of completed authorized firearms training.
- Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit
- Complete a firearms training course, must be within one year of your application.
- Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from your Sheriffs office.
- You will need the following documents;
- Completed application form
- Photocopy of certificate from firearms course
- Photocopy of your drivers license or state ID card or photo page of your passport
- Submit all the above documents to the Sheriffs Office in the county you reside in.
- You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
Fees are determined by the county Sheriff.
New Permits: not to exceed $100
Renewal: not to exceed $75
an additional fee of $10 will be applied if a renewal is 30 days after the expiration date.
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- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state – except those listed below
Places Not Allowed
- Public or private elementary, middle, or secondary school building and grounds
- A child care center while children are present
- School bus
- Portion of a building or facility under the temporary, exclusive control of a public or private school where signs are posted.
- Public colleges and universities – may have policy restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus
- Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises
- Places of employment, public or private, if employer restricts the carry or possession of firearms by is employees
- State correctional facilities
- State hospitals and grounds
- Any jail, lockup or correctional facility
- Courthouse complexes
- Churches and parking area if posted
- Offices and courtrooms of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
- Any state building
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Carry In Vehicle
Carry In State Parks
Carry In Restaurants
No Weapons Signs Enforced
Must Notify Officer