Gun Permits

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

Permit to Carry Services during COVID-19 (revised February 1, 2021)

BY APPOINTMENT (click to schedule) 

Monday-Friday: 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.  

Walk-in hours as listed below

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Additional information 

You are required to wear a mask before entering the Law Enforcement Center. We also ask that you practice social distancing.  

Call 651-430-7600 for any scheduling questions. 

For Permit to Purchase information, click on the Permit to Purchase tab.

  • 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.
  • The Sheriff’s Office must act on the application within 30 days of receiving the completed application packet.
  • 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.

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