Firearm Permits

Gun Permits Department: 763-324-5022

How do I get a Permit to Purchase?

  • 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).
  • If applying with the Anoka County Sheriff’s office, you may do so 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 photocopy).
  • 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. Please note this application is specific to applying with the Anoka County 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.
  • Please call the gun permits department at 763-324-5022 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 Boulevard 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, payable by cash, check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover); 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 Boulevard 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.
  • No permits may be renewed more than 90 days prior to their expiration.
  • 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 to 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, check or credit card; 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 must update your information in person at the Sheriff’s Office.
  • 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.
  • You must present a current MN driver’s license, state issued ID or passport (or a legible photo copy).
  • 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.
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You will receive your updated Permit to Carry card via mail within 7 days.

Due to COVID-19 mandates regarding wearing face coverings in public, am I still able to carry a firearm while wearing a mask?

Yes.  You are not prohibited from carrying a firearm while wearing a mask in response to the Governor's mandate, as long as you have a valid MN carry permit.  

Quick Facts

  • You are able to come into the Sheriff’s office and apply Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays).
  • The Gun Permit department at the Anoka County Sheriff’s office can be reached at 763-324-5022.
  • 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.