North Dakota Concealed Carry Permit Information

Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents.

Example North Dakota Concealed Weapon License:

North Dakota Concealed Weapon License
North Dakota Concealed Weapon License

Issuing Authority:
North Dakota Office of Attorney General – Apply at your local law enforcement agency.

NICS/Background Check:
Because a National Instant Check System (NICS) background check is completed during the application process, the requirement for a NICS check for each firearm purchase is waived for North Dakota residents with a valid concealed weapon permit. The NICS number is printed on the permit. The weapon dealer may choose to accept the permit as an alternate to a NICS check. They are not required to use it as an alternative.

Permit Valid For:
Concealed weapon permits are valid for a period of five years.

Processing Time:
State law provides that the Sheriff is required to process applications within thirty days. If the applicant lives within a city and that city has a police department, the Chief of Police’s signature is required. The police department must process the application within ten working days of receipt by the agency. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation must process the application and make a determination within thirty days of receipt from the forwarding agency.

Check for $25 made payable to the “North Dakota Office of Attorney General”.

The maximum amount a test administrator may charge for the test is $25. If the applicant does not pass the written test on the first attempt, the test administrator may charge for each subsequent test.

1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a permit.
2. Applicants must take a written test from a concealed weapon permit test administrator. Local police departments or sheriff’s offices can provide information on test administrators in your area. The Office of Attorney General website also provides a list of civilian test administrators. The written test is open-book and consists of ten questions. You must get all questions correct.
3. Applications must be signed by the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides. If the applicant lives in a city with a police department, the application must also be signed by the Chief of Police.
4. After successful completion of the written test, submit the completed application, two color photos (size 1” x 1¼”) and a check for $25 made payable to the “North Dakota Office of Attorney General” to your local law enforcement agency. The agency will review your application, obtain fingerprints, conduct a local records check, determine your ability to obtain the permit, and forward the information to the BCI.

Required Documents:
1. Completed application
2. Two color photos (size 1” x 1¼”)

Renewal Information:
A renewal notice will be sent to the mailing address we have on file prior to the expiration date. The renewal process may begin 90 days prior to permit expiration and up to 90 days after expiration. If a permit holder fails to begin the renewal process within the 90-day grace period after the expiration date, the individual may not “renew” the permit. They must re-apply by taking the written test, getting fingerprinted, etc. If your permit has expired, do not carry concealed! You must be able to produce a valid concealed weapon permit upon demand at all times while carrying concealed. If your permit has expired, it is not a valid permit.

The process for renewal is very similar to the process for the original application except that fingerprint submission and testing are not required. Contact local law enforcement (or BCI) for an application form, indicate “renewal” and provide your current permit number on your application, obtain signatures of the county Sheriff and the Chief of Police (if you reside in a city with a police department), submit a check for $25 made payable to the “North Dakota Office of Attorney General” and two 1” x 1 ¼” photographs to BCI. Local, state, and national record checks will be conducted.

Change of Name or Address:
Permit holders are required to submit a change of address in writing to the BCI within 30 days after an address change. The request must include name, permit number, old address, and new address. Keeping address information up-to-date is important because renewal notices are sent to the mailing address the BCI has on file.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Permits:
If a permit is lost or destroyed, a replacement may be obtained from BCI. Please send a written request to the BCI indicating the permit holder’s name, address, date of birth, and the reason a replacement is needed. Two 1” x 1 ¼ photographs of the permit holder must also be enclosed.

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
Every person while carrying a concealed firearm or
dangerous weapon for which a license to carry concealed is required, shall have on one’s person the license issued by this or another state and shall give it to any law enforcement officer for an inspection upon demand by the officer. The failure of any person to give the license to the officer is prima facie evidence that the person is illegally carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon concealed.

Automobile carry:
Without a permit, no person may keep or carry a loaded firearm in or on any motor vehicle in this state.

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. Any person who enters or remains in that part of the establishment that is set aside for the retail sale in an establishment engaged in the retail sale of alcoholic beverages or used as a gaming site while in the possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
2. A person who possesses a firearm at a public gathering is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. For the purpose of this section, “public gathering” includes athletic or sporting events, schools or school functions, churches or church functions, political rallies or functions, musical concerts, and individuals in publicly owned parks where hunting is not allowed by proclamation and publicly owned or operated buildings.

Alcohol and Drugs:

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
North Dakota is a Castle Doctrine state and has a stand-your-ground law.

Open Carry:
Prohibited in most public areas; exceptions for target shooting and hunting.

To view a state’s concealed carry permit information click on the state. The state’s color represents whether a state is Shall Issue, May Issue, Constitutional Carry or Right Denied (We explain each state’s status here).

Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alabama, CaliforniaColorado, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New JerseyNew Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

May Issue to Residents Only:
Delaware, Virgin Islands

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alaska, West Virginia

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits:

Right Denied:
American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands

We keep the information on this page as up to date as possible, but due to changing laws it is your responsibility to verify all information. The information on this page is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice concerning any particular issue or problem. Use of and access to this Website, emails or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between i156 LLC and the user or browser. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of i156 LLC.

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