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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Permit to Carry

​​Under Minnesota law, individuals must obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public. There is no stipulation in the law regarding whether that weapon must be concealed. A permit to carry constitutes a permit to purchase. To obtain a permit to carry, fill out a Permit to Carry Application and submit it to the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside.

Once receiv​ed, the office has 30 days to process the application. A permit to carry is valid for five years and authorizes unlimited purchases within that time period. For additional information pertaining to handgun legislation, refer to state laws.

Frequently asked questions about Minnesota's Personal Protection Act

18-to 20-year olds currently remain ineligible to obtain a permit to carry​

On July 16, 2024, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's order in Worth v. Harrington finding the ban on carry permits for 18-to 20-year olds unconstitutional.  The district court's order was stayed pending the appeal process. Because the appeal process has not yet concluded, the stay remains in effect. As a result, 18-to 20-year olds currently remain ineligible to obtain a permit to carry in Minnesota.​

Note to Federal Firearms Licensees and Permit Holders: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on October 19, 2018, issued a letter to the BCA stating, "All Minnesota Federal Firearms Licensees are required to conduct a NICS background check prior to the transfer of a firearm to a non-licensee even if that person presents a valid Permit to Carry." If you have any questions please call the ATF's Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.


Training Requirements

Minnesota Statutes, section 624.714, subd. 2a​ requires permit to carry applicants to present evidence of having received from a certified instructor training in the safe use of a handgun within one year of an original application or renewal.

Approved firearms training businesses​

State Reciprocity​

Minnesota Statutes, 624.714, subd. 16 requires that states have similar standards in order to be granted permit to carry reciprocity. In determining which states currently meet that standard, the Department of Public Safety considers a number of components including handgun training requirements, use of criminal background checks, mutual reciprocity issues, as well as prohibitions for criminal convictio​ns and civil commitments. Another crucial consideration is other states’ ability to provide Minnesota law enforcement personnel with confirmation of permit validity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.