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Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

Example of Minnesota Concealed Weapon Permit
Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit
Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit

Issuing Authority:
The issuing authority is the local chief of police or the county sheriff. Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff.

Out Of State Permit Issue:

NICS check:

Permit Valid For:
New and renewal permits are valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. Emergency permits are valid for 30 days.

Permit ISsued Timeline:
The county sheriff must either issue or deny a permit within 30 days of the application date.

The fee for a new permit to carry will be determined by the county sheriff, not to exceed $100. A fee for a renewal permit (applied for before the expiration date of a current permit to carry) will be determined by the county sheriff, not to exceed $75. An additional $10.00 fee will be charged for those applying for a renewal after the expiration date on the previous permit, but within 30 days of that expiration date.

1. Must be at least 21 years of age
2. Must complete an application form
3. Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under Minnesota Statute 624.714
4. Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system
5. 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.
6. Must provide certificate of completed authorized firearms training. Training by a certified instructor and completed within one year of an original or renewal application. (624.714, Subd. 2a)

Required Documents:
1. Completed application
2. Copy of your training certificate
3. Cop0y of your driver’s license
4. State ID Card or Passport photo
5. Application Fee

Renewal Information:
Permits must be renewed at the county sheriff’s office in the county where the applicant currently resides. Out of state permit holders can renew at any sheriff’s office. Not prior to 90 days of the expiration date of the current permit. The maximum renewal gun permit fee will be $75.00.

After the expiration date, but within 30 days after the expiration, you can renew your permit by paying an additional late fee of $10.00. During this time your past permit is not valid, and you will not be able to carry until your renewal permit has been approved and issued.

31 days after expiration, you will no longer be able to renew your permit, but will have to apply for a new gun permit. The maximum gun permit fee will then be $100.00.

1. Take an authorized firearms training class within one year or your renewal application.
2. Deliver the application packet, not prior to 90 days of the expiration date of the current permit, in person to the Sheriff’s Department in the county where you currently reside, or for out of state permit holders, to any Sheriff’s Department in the State of Minnesota.
3. The packet must contain a completed application, signed and dated with the renewal box checked and an original certificate of completed authorized firearms training. You must present a current drivers license, state identification card or the photo page of your passport (not a US citizen but permanent resident must present an I-551 or I-151 card).

Change of Address:
A permit holder is required to notify the issuing sheriff’s office within 30 days of a permanent address change. Failure to do so is a petty misdemeanor.

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
Upon request of a peace officer, a permit holder must disclose to the officer whether or not the permit holder is currently carrying a firearm.

Automobile carry:
Transporting firearms without a permit requires the person to have the firearm unloaded and fully enclosed in a case made to contain a firearm. For full details on transporting firearms, refer to Minnesota Statute 97B.045, Transportation of Firearms.

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. School property
2. A childcare center while children are present
3. Public colleges and universities – may have policy restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus
4. Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises
5. Private establishments who have personally informed the permit holder that guns are prohibited and demands compliance
6. Places of employment, public or private, if employer restricts the carry or possession of firearms by is employees
7. State correctional facilities or state hospitals and grounds (MN Statute 243.55)
8. Any jail, lockup or correctional facility (MN Statute 641.165)
9. Courthouse complexes, unless the sheriff is notified (MN Statute 609.66)
10. Offices and courtrooms of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
11. Any state building unless the commissioner of public safety is notified (MN Statute 609.66)
12. In a field while hunting big game by archery, except when hunting bear (MN Statute 97B.211)
13. In federal court facilities or other federal facilities (Title 18 U.S.C.§ 930)

Alcohol and Drugs:
Waiting For Information. As always, alcohol/drugs don’t mix with firearms. That’s a pretty simple rule of thumb.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Minnesota Statutes state, “No duty to retreat before using deadly force to prevent a felony in one’s place of abode; no duty to retreat before using deadly force in self defense in one’s place of abode.” This isn’t as clear as it appears, however. There are four cases in Minnesota where duty of retreat was upheld and a Castle Doctrine bill failed to pass during the last legislative vote.

Open Carry:
Prohibited in all public areas unless one possesses a recognized permit.

Localities with Varying Laws:

Forms & Links:
NRA-ILA: Minnesota Gun Laws

  • mn guy

    30 days to either issue or deny huh? Hmmmm, wonder if that applies if there’s a Government shutdown???????
    I would imagine that I don’t have a leg to stand on.

    -“feelin’ powerless”

  • Lookin4way2much

    Got my “leg to stand on” back. Card came in the mail Friday.

  • Pdegallier

    CRAZY!!!  Last time I checked, I didn’t have to pay the sheriff and ask for a permit to go to church.  What happened to the Bill of Rights?

    • Nick Marra

      did you pay to get a drivers license 

      • Nik

        yes, but driving is not in the bill of rights.

        • BooHoo

          The bill of rights doesn’t give you permission to carry your weapon concealed…feel free to open carry. If you want to conceal it, pay the fee and quit whining.

          • youarewrong

            In Minnesota you have to have a “Permit to Carry” to carry a handgun anyway, open or otherwise. If you have been open carrying without a permit, you are dead wrong.

          • The Beast

            No, you’re not dead wrong. You’re in violation of law. It’s not necessarily the same thing.

            The Minnesota law is unconstitutional, of course. If you decide to take on the government, you’re taking on a lot. One should choose one’s battles carefully.

          • MSG Joel

            MN statute allows you to open carry with a permit, but LEO’s recommend you conceal unless you want to have a lot of interaction with law enforcement personnel!

          • AWAKE&AWARE

            Never have issues and I only open carry. Course I never walk around with a camera trying to get attention either. I do what I do and what the rest of the stupid sheep do in public, but I do it while I exercise my right to bare arms. Don’t look suspect and you don’t become suspect.

          • The Beast

            The Bill of Rights doesn’t give you permission to speak softly. If you want to exercise your right to free speech, use an amplifier and a loudspeaker, or else be ready pay a fee to speak softly if government wants to license soft speech and charge a licensing fee. Nonsense.

            The Bill of Rights doesn’t mention that I can bear arms while wearing a white shirt. If I want to bear arms, I can wear some other color shirt, or be ready to pay a white shirt fee if government decides to make me pay a fee for bearing arms while in a white shirt. Nonsense again.

            The Bill of Rights, of course, does not give us any rights. It points out that by being humans, we already have rights. It lists some of them. Among those mentioned are keeping and bearing arms. If I want to bear arms openly or concealed is my business.

          • Otter

            Open carry in MN requires the same permit as concealed. It is a permit to carry — not a permit to carry concealed.

          • jpcmt

            So what does the bearing of arms mean to you? Also, the 2nd Amendment isn’t giving you the right to KBA, it is guaranteeing the preexisting right to KBA. So yes, the bill of rights does ‘guarantee’ you to carry your weapon however you want. It certainly doesn’t limit it to open carry just as it doesn’t say for only sporting purposes.

    • John Klein

      Freedom of speach does not allow you to yell “fire” in a crowded theater.
      Freddom of religion does not allow you to have multiple wives.
      Freedom of the press does not allow children to view porn.
      Even the Bill of Rights can be regulated.
      Pay the man, it could save your life.

      • The Beast

        That’s just silly.

        Yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater … one where’s there’s no fire … is not a case of expressing one’s ideas. It is malicious mischief at best. It is plainly not analogous to bearing arms.

        Children looking at pornography is not analogous to newspapers an pamphleteers printing arguments and discussions about ideas. It is even farther from an analogy to bearing arms.

        A broad statement the the Bill of Rights can be regulated is not a valid argument that the Second Amendment can be regulated. Did you read the Bill of Rights? Exactly one of the rights mentioned there also has with it the plain statement that the right shall not be infringed.

    • cabin cowboy

      You don’t need a permit to go to church, so you don’t need to pay for one. The claim is made that much of the cost is used for a detailed background check to keep permits out of the wrong hands, although they do a simple backgroud check for free when you purchase a new firearm. When permits of any kind are required, they are required to make sure it is legal for you to do what you want to do, that you have met the requirements, and that you will follow rules and regulations.

      • lodi45

        permits are not asking for permission, but to show that you are abiding the regulations

    • Bill5757

      Let’s all stop pretending the Bill of Rights gives us the right to carry firearms anytime, anywhere, shall we? Paying for licenses helps support the programs that keep a reasonable amount of control over potentially dangerous tools. Anyone opposed to background checks, training classes or licenses on any level, and believes anyone at all should have unimpeded access to whatever weapons they want is an uneducated ignoramus.

  • cheboy

    why not recognize the Wisconsin permit?

    • Aboxalarm2

      because there is no live fire training 

      • Trp314

        Plus Mn has to have access to that states records to see if permit is valid or not

      • John Klein

        Absolutely wrong. MN recognizes my Utah permit and there is absolutely no live fire training required to obtain it.

  • Katrina Vierzba

    I like the fact that I can get my carry permit here in MN while still maintaining my MT driver’s license, however the MN carry permit is not honored in MT… interesting. Oh well, so I leave my handgun at home when I go out to hunt. No biggie.

    • Slipshot71

      looking at the map….maybe its just me seeing things, but MT does honor MN carry permit.


      MT allows MN permit. I emailed them on MT government website & they replied Yes they honor it. It was July 2012

  • Dtveitbakk

    Why doesn’t Minnesota honor Nebraska permit?

    • Max

      It has to do with the way that laws are structured. Nebraska does not (in the eyes of our fair state) have the same type of laws that Minnesota has.

  • Emapupp-68

    It is funny because we have other states allow our permits, but we don’t allow theirs

  • Twobitcharlie

    I’m from Wisconsin and want to get a MN permit.  What’s the best county to go to, to get one?  Best price, is there a difference between the counties or do they all charge the max.?  Any counties to stay away from, any counties that don’t want to issue permits, especialy to non-residents?  I would be coming in on I-90 through LaCrosse.  Any help would be appreciated.  I am a Wisconsin Permit Holder 

    • Scottj214

      I just got mine in Sherburne County.  I applied on a Thursday afternoon and got it in the mail the next Wednesday.  They charge $75 unless you are a veteran.  Bring your DD214 and it is only $55.  Hope it helps.

  • d=goz

    On your ( states that honor mn. permits)  you show sd. honors mn.. But on the ( permits honored by mn.) the paragragh below the map says sd. does not honor mn.. I need to know. I go there often. I have heard it both ways from law enforcment officers of sd.

    • Dale mabbitt

      What states honor each others permits.

  • M Adams567

    I plan on moving to Minnesota I currently. Have a Tx permit and can carry in all states what is a Minnesota out state permit would I have to take courses there I could I just pay and transfer over to MN permit


      contact mnpistolclass . c o m

  • Jeff

    Illinois, the only state in the USA that denies CCW to its citizens, why the crime rate in Chicago is out of control, & why the street gangs run all over town, not just in the bad areas, but in downtown & in the yuppie areas.

  • Lsume82

    Why don’t they recognize military training in lieu of state training?

    • annon

      I wish they did. I just got out of army and served in Iraq and hold a clearance. Yet non of this helps in any way when applying for a license to carry.

      • Gunny

        I hear that. Twenty years in the Marines AND a Primary Marksmanship Instructor (PMI). But like the guy said – pay THE MAN and be done with it.
        Cease fire, cease fire. Unload, clear and lock! All shooters on the firing line make a complete safe weapon.
        Good shooting gents, and be safe out there.


        you shoud pass the shooting test with no problem , if somone hasnt ever shot before or doesnt have previous training then it might be hard for them to pass the shooting test because how to shoot is not covered in the class.

    • Always Ready

      The main reason is so the applicant can learn the laws in the state of Minnesota. Tennessee allows military to skip the class if you can present a pistol qualification less than a year old. I took the class anyway and learned a few things about their laws that I would not have otherwise known. I have no problem taking the class if I learn just one thing new about the law. Break down the cost over 5 years and I’m sure most of us can find a way to make it work

    • Alan Williams

      They don’t recognize your weeks and weeks of firearms training – They only recognize a one day class. Sorry


        its a class on the laws, not how to shoot. you have to take shooting test at the end to make sure you can hit a target but thats super easy & not what is covered in the class.

    • Scottj214

      Because laws vary state to state as to when, where and how you can carry and also which situations use of deadly force is justified. It has very little to do with your firearms proficiency.

  • Jason

    funny how, a firearm certificate, hunting license every year and military training still don’t qualify you for a permit to carry. you still have to go take a expensive class, where most likely yawn through it just to obtain a permit! what BS is that? it makes no sense!

    • Jason

      I mean even after 5+ years since military training, but come on! it’s the same, or way more advance training in the military, and like riding a bike.

    • John Klein

      I objected to the lack of classes when Wisconsin adopted their CC laws. In KY I found that attending a class for 3 hours on 3 consecutive nights eliminated the dumb as_es that had neither the attention span or proper reason to have a gun. Unfortunately those of us who don’t fit that bill have to go as well. I personally view it as a price to pay to make sure the quality of CC permit holders remains high. Image in several CC permit holders commited crimes or murders. Perfect ammunition for changing the law. Some of the BS just serves to separate the chaff from the wheat.

    • LEL

      Did your military training include state gun carry law? The state required training is about MN LAW, not firearm proficiency. If you can, for a few moments, handle a loaded pistol without shooting yourself or someone else, you meet the gun proficiency requirements.


      its aboout the laws to protect you because many things have changed & you cant be sure to get correct info even from this site

      Under the new law, a reasonable request requires (1) the posting of a sign, and (2)
      that the private establishment “personally informs” the person of the
      posted request and demands compliance. A sign alone is insufficient.

  • fly ty

    Ty where is the cheapest place in Minnesota to get a carry to conceal

    • Matt V

      I waited for a Groupon to come available, and bought one to MidWest
      Carry Academy for $69. That included the multi-state course, range,
      & ammo… as well as your choice of location. If you don’t want to
      wait for a Groupon, Shade’s Landing had the best rates when I was
      shopping around.

  • Larry S.

    Can someone answer a Question for me plz. I have a CCW permit for Minnesota, I’m carrying in SD, do I have to get a carry permit from SD or is mine good here. I know they honor my MN permit, but do I need to get one from any other state that honors Mn.


      you should check w with the government for important info like that. just call or email them & save a copy

  • lars

    Have been a MN resident and have a MN conceal carry permit. Moving to Wisconsin is the permit still good

    • Dan

      No, Wisconsin residents MUST obtain a Wisconsin permit. MN residents can carry with a MN permit in WI.

    • Don

      there is no such thing as a Minnesota Conceal Carry Permit. and no, after 30 days, your MN permit is NOT valid.

  • Crystal

    I think it’s a crock of crap that we should have to have a permit either way.. The Bill of rights pretty much doesn’t exhist. The government basically control how you can protect yourself and your home. Look back 100 – 200 years when they carried without permits or being told what kind of firearms they could or couldn’t have less crime and money. I understand the classed on learning how to use a firearm safely, but to control the rights of a person to own and carry. WOW

  • Meowww

    I would double check your facts on another site before traveling. The info on this site is not all accurate. A MN permit allows you to carry a firearm. Period. It does not have to be concealed and you do not need a special permit to carry openly.
    Also, when going out of state, even if they honor your MN permit, the rules are different. Best to check with each state’s authorities before you go. Don’t rely on sites like this.


      yea also an update to the: Under the new law, a reasonable request requires (1) the posting of a sign, and (2)that the private establishment “personally informs” the person of the posted request and demands compliance. A sign alone is insufficient.

  • Jeff Johnson

    nothing like carrying a gun all around Iraq, Saudi, Kuwait and elsewhere for years and then to have to come home and get insulted with a “gun class”. I never thought I would want to carry again but with all the shooting there needs to be someone out there that is competent and comfortable and capable to stop crazy insane people from mass executions like in Conn and elsewhere.

    Please God help these people, and to Mr. Obama answer me this? Why are we still in Afghanistan in force, we are sacrificing our youth for your ideals. You will never instill democracy there-NEVER. Continue to hunt down terrorists but stop trying to save the world and STOP BRINGING THEM HERE! Use the military to help secure the US and the border-shut that down NOW.

    • LEL

      ” insulted with a “gun class”. ” ?
      It’s NOT a gun class, it is a gun LAW class.
      If you can handle a loaded gun without shooting yourself or someone else, you pass the gun “proficiency” portion of the class.


      all of it covers the law, then you go to range for shooting test. i had good instructor so he gave us helpful pointers on shooting better. mnpistolclass . c o m

  • billy

    i hear rock county does not issue concealed hangun licence , under any circumstance , is that true?

  • Scott_40cal

    The most reasonable and best training is done at CEDAR WORKS in south haven Mn! Ask for Pete

  • Nate

    you can open carry in mn? that’s false information. the permit is a carry permit not a conceal permit, the permit allows you to openly carry but you may also legally conceal it as well. people need to stop calling it a conceal permit because its wildly inaccurate.

  • Tim

    Gander Mountain

  • deb

    most places offer a discount for militarty applying for the conceal and carry classes. It really stinks they make you take the class again when you need to renew your permit. At least they give a $25,00 break when you renew. $100 is the normal cost of the class


    #4. Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises is wrong.

    Under the new law, a reasonable request requires (1) the posting of a sign, and (2)
    that the private establishment “personally informs” the person of the
    posted request and demands compliance. A sign alone is insufficient.

  • Doc

    Interesting how all these Iraq era vets are complaining about ccw. “I’m a Iraq vet. I’m special with all my training”. Yet not 1 Vietnam vet is complaining. Just sayin.

    • SwampDonkeyFC

      I was a JTAC and went to the sandbox a couple of times…lots of fun weapons proficiency requirements for me, and I think I am as special as my mom does. I liked my CCW class…no complaints :-)

  • PKA

    My daughter wants to have a conceal and carry permit, but, her husband has a felon on his record from years and years ago. Is that legal for her to have a gun in the house?

  • Bonzo

    I posses an Iowa carry permit. Iowa does, at least in my county (Johnson), honor military service and the training with weaponry I received there. Just have to copy your DD214(be honorably discharged), fill out an app and attach 55 dollar check and the permit came via USPS two weeks later. the state of MN is hosing their residents by requiring a class for Military Veterans, in addition the fees are higher so the MAN can make more $. Also, since MN does NOT honor my Iowa permit, I do NOT spend any tourism $ in the State of MN. Plain and simple, I travel and spend in states that DO HONOR my Iowa permit.

  • Sam

    How do I obtain a copy of the Minnesota carry laws? My local Sheriff refuses to grant my permit until he decides I have gone long enough without drinking. I have had three DWIs, last one almost three years ago. I do not have a felony. I understand Minnesota is a shall issue state, and unless you are prohibited from having a firearm the permit is not a decision that the Sheriff decides. Please advise. Thanks

  • Sam

    How do I get a copy of the Minnesota concealed carry law?
    I have a question about the meaning of shall issue. And if it Is legal to have a gun how can the sheriff
    not issue the permit?

  • GregBerg4

    Chisago County Sheriff also asked for copy of Honorable Discharge if you claim prior Military Service. They do not require a Safety Course Certificate for permit renewal – only prior Permit card and Documentation of
    attending and passing test for renewal. He only wanted my copy of Honorable Discharge for first time so they must keep a record or file.

  • Brad

    If I have a Utah permit am I allowed to carry in MN? Do I need to do anything in MN (ie contact the sheriff’s office) to carry here?


    • Jamie Boo

      No need to contact the sheriff. You can open carry or conceal carry. Open carry isn’t as common though, and to avoid hassles, just carry it concealed.

  • Dave

    Do I have to apply for my permit again if I still live in the same county?

    • markpetersonii

      No. However, I would contact the Sheriff’s office to let them know that you have moved so that they can update your permit…

      “A permit holder is required to notify the issuing sheriff’s office within 30 days of a permanent address change. Failure to do so is a petty misdemeanor.”

  • Dave

    I just moved so that’s why I’m asking if I need to apply for my permit again.

  • Don

    Automobile carry: is incomplete and misleading (see MN Stat. § 97B.045

    Places off-limits when carrying:
    #4 is incomplete and misleading (see MN Stat. § 624.714 Subd. 17)
    both #9 and #11 are incomplete and misleading (see MN Stat. § 609.66 Subd. 1g (b)(4)

  • tiffy

    Just wondering if its legal to have a loaded hand gun on the front seat of a car with children present, (with a permit)?

  • Bill Crites

    Why doesn’t Minnesota honor Colorado’s concealed carry permit?

  • Bill Crites

    Why doesn’t Minnesota honor Colorado’s concealed carry permit?

  • hunterguy

    I will give my 2 cents as far as veterans taking the class. I retired from the active Army 3 years ago with 22 years of service. During those 22 years I only fired a handgun 2 times and both were at ranges we set up in Iraq. If you weren’t a tanker, MP or an officer, you probably did not get a lot of experience with the trusty M9 pistol. I just took the conceal and carry class and just received my permit. I consider myself an expert when it comes to handling a weapon like an m4 or M16A2. I am also proficient with a shotgun as I have been a life long hunter. I am not an expert with a handgun. I will say that I am way more proficient than an average Joe on the street when it comes to firearms, however I do not plan on carrying until I feel comfortable doing so. So in my opinion veterans have to be honest with themselves when it comes to carrying a firearm in public. Also, we are talking about using deadly force as a civilian which opens you up to civil lawsuits. Main Street USA is an entirely different animal than some of the exotic places we have been sent to. Is it a little bit of a hassle to get the permit yep…but I learned a little bit about some of the s
    state laws out there which will help keep me out of trouble. It really wasn’t a big deal at all.

  • sarge75x

    I too don’t get it.Im a former US Army MP, Ive been trained in the use of lethal force, shot expert, still can, held a Top Secret Security clearance. Im moving from Indiana to Apple Valley Mn and my lifetime permit is no good? Why? What can you teach me that I already don’t know, restricted areas?
    Sgt Bill Sanders 411th MP Co Ft Hood 1977-80
    12th Special Forces Arlington Heights, Il 1980-82

  • Abe Froman

    I have a MN permit. I know the sheriff must inform the chief of police in your city of residence that you have a permit. Question…. Can any police officer in MN access CCW permit status to determine if you might be carrying?