Gun Permits

  1. Permit to Carry
  2. Permit to Purchase
  3. Fees
  4. Training Requirements
  5. Name/Address Change
  6. Renewing Permits
  7. Lost/Damaged Permits
  8. Gun Safety
  9. Applications

Update regarding services during COVID-19

The Sheriff’s Office is extending the closure of the Law Enforcement Center to April 28, 2020. This modification was made to limit the possible exposure of the public and our employees to COVID-19. 

This will mean a change in gun permits, civil process, fingerprints, and inmate visiting. 

Starting April 13th, Permits to Carry applications will be taken by appointment only. Call 651-430-7600 or email


  • If you live in Minnesota, you must apply to the sheriff of the county in which you live, out of state applicants may apply at any of the 87 counties in the state.
  • Applications for Permits to Carry a firearm will be processed by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Applicants must provide proof of firearms training by a certified instructor that includes fundamentals of pistol use, actual shooting qualification exercise, and instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use including self-defense and the restrictions on use of deadly force. (Note: Certificates are valid for 1 year from the date on the certificate). 
  • Applicants must complete the state application, pay the fee, submit the form in person, and pass the background / criminal history check requirements.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • The Permit to Carry application fee for new applicants in Washington County is $75. The Sheriff’s Office will accept a personal check, cash or credit card in the exact amount of the fee for the permit.
  • The Sheriff’s Office must act on the application within 30 days of receiving the completed application packet.
  • Permits issued in Minnesota are valid throughout Minnesota.
  • The initial permit will be valid for five years. See Renewal of your Permit to Carry for information on renewing your permit.

For more information on how to obtain a permit to carry a pistol in the state of Minnesota visit the Department of Public Safety.