Firearm Permits

Gun Permits Department: (763) 323-5005


How do I get a Permit to Purchase?

  • You can apply in person at the Sheriff’s office or via mail.
  • Applicants must present a current MN driver’s license, state issued ID or Passport (or a legible photo copy).
  • Applicants must be a resident of the state of MN (Your Driver’s license must be from MN, and MN must be considered your permanent residence).
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old to purchase handguns, or 18 years old to purchase semi-automatic rifles.
  • If you chose to apply via mail, you must send a completed application and a copy of a current MN driver’s license, State issued ID or Passport, (incomplete applications will be denied).
  • Permit to Purchase applications can be found here and are available at the Sheriff’s office.
  • There is no charge for obtaining a Permit to Purchase.
  • Application approval may take up to 7 days and is dependent on a detailed background check. If your application is approved your card will be mailed directly to your home address. If you are denied, you will receive a letter stating why.
  • A MN Permit to Purchase is valid for 1 year.  The process for renewing is the same as the initial application.
  • Which city you live in determines where you should apply.  If your city has its own police department, you will need to apply at that police department (Ex: If you live in the City of Ramsey, you need to apply at the Ramsey Police Department).
  • Please call the gun permits department at (763) 323-5005 if you have questions.

How do I get a Permit to Carry?



  • You must apply in person at the Anoka County Sheriff’s office located at: 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304.
  • You must present a current MN driver’s license, state issued ID or Passport (or a legible photo copy).
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must present a current certificate of completion of a MN Permit to Carry class taught by a BCA certified instructor (these certificates are valid for one year from the date it was issued).
  • A Permit to Carry in Anoka County costs $75.00, payable by cash or check only; please have the payment with you when you come to apply.
  • Applications can be found here and are available at the Sheriff’s office.
  • Applications must be filled out completely, incomplete or inaccurate applications may result in getting denied.
  • Application approval may take up to 30 days and is dependent on a detailed background check. If your application is approved your card will be mailed directly to your home address.  If you are denied, you will receive a letter stating why.
  • A MN Permit to Carry is valid for 5 years.

How do I renew my MN Permit to Carry?

 
  

  • You must apply in person at the Anoka County Sheriff’s office located at:   13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304.
  • You must present a current MN driver’s license, state issued ID or Passport (or a legible photo copy).
  • You must be at least 21 years old You must take another permit to carry class to renew and present a current certificate of completion of a MN Permit to Carry class taught by a BCA certified instructor (these certificates are valid for one year from the date it was issued).
  • Applications can be found here and are available at the Sheriff’s office.
  • Applications must be filled out completely, incomplete or inaccurate applications may result in getting denied.
  • Application approval may take up to 30 days and is dependent on a detailed background check. If your application is approved your card will be mailed directly to your home address. If you are denied, you will receive a letter stating why.
  • There is a discount available for people who can renew early- $50 if you renew up to 90 days before the expiration date, $65 for renewing 1-30 days after the expiration date and 30 days after the card expiration date it is considered a new permit and the fee is $75; payable by cash or check; please have the payment with you when you come to apply.
  

What do I need to do if I have a Permit to Carry and my address or name has changed?

  • You are required to notify the Sheriff's Office within 30 days of a name or address change.
  • You always have to go back to the issuing county for each data change, until your card expires.
  • You can update your information in person at the Sheriff's Office or via mail at 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304.
  • You are not required to get a new card if your data changes.  However, if you would like one, new cards are available for $10.  We recommend that you get a new card because most gun dealers will not sell to you if your permit to carry card and driver's license addresses don't match.
  •  If you chose to notify us in person, you will need to bring your updated driver's license or yellow DMV receipt and your permit to carry card.  You will need to complete the first page of the Permit to Carry application. Applications can be found here (first page only) and are available at the Sheriff’s office.
  • If you chose to notify us via mail, you must send a completed first page of the permit to carry application, a copy of your updated MN driver's license, or yellow DMV receipt, and a copy of your permit to carry card (incomplete applications will be denied). If you would like a new card, please enclose a check for $10 payable to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.
  • You will receive your updated Permit to Carry card via mail within 7 days.

FAQs


The Gun Permit department at the Anoka County Sheriff’s office can be reached at 763-323-5005.

  • When can I come into the Sheriff’s office and apply? 
      · 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (excluding weekends and holidays).
  • We are located in on the second floor of the Anoka County Sheriff’s office.
  • For more detailed information about gun permits and answers to frequently asked questions, you can also visit the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's website here    
  • For information about transferring ownership of firearms and federal firearms laws please visit the ATF’s website here.    
  • For information about your MN Permit to Carry and reciprocity please  visit USA Carry here.