Firearm Permits

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.  Click here for a list of cities.
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 can update your information in person at the Sheriff’s office or via mail 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
  • You must bring proof that you have changed your address and/or name at the DMV first- so you will need to bring your updated driver’s license or yellow DMV receipt
  • You also need to bring your current Permit to Carry card
  • You will need to complete just 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 application and a copy of a updated MN driver’s license, or yellow DMV receipt, (incomplete applications will be denied)
  • 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.  If you are mailing in your data change and you would like a new card please enclose a check for $10 payable to the Anoka County Sheriff’s office.
  • There is no fee if you only want to notify us of your data change.
  • You will receive your updated Permit to Carry via mail within 10 business 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.