Gun Permits

Gun Permit Services during COVID-19 (revised August 19, 2020)

Gun permit applications will only be accepted by appointment only. 

Self-scheduling is available to submit your Permit to Carry Application (Scroll to bottom of this page)

Until further notice we will not be able to honor walk-ins.

Call 651-430-7600 for any scheduling questions. 

  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 Information

  • 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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