Gun Permits

Permit to Carry Services during COVID-19 (revised November 20, 2020)

BY APPOINTMENT (click to schedule) 

Monday-Friday: 8 A.M.-4 P.M.  

Walk-in hours as listed below

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

Saturday: 8 A.M.-4 P.M. 

We will be closed the following dates due to holidays. 

November 26th, 27th and 28th for the Thanksgiving. 

December 24th and December 25th for Christmas. 

Additional information 

On Saturdays, enter through the Jail lobby and follow the gun permit application signage to the Law Enforcement Center lobby. 

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.

Schedule Appointment

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