How Do I Get a Minnesota Permit to Carry License?



Many people in Minnesota are confused about the process required to obtain a Minnesota Permit to Carry license. We believe that all things being equal, most would want to get their license if they knew how to get it. So in this post, we’ll outline the steps you need to take to get your Minnesota Permit to Carry license.

(You can download for free a visual aid that outlines the five basic steps for obtaining your Minnesota Permit to Carry License.)

First, you need to ensure that you are not prohibited from being granted this license. Minnesota statutes are clear on who cannot receive a license to carry a pistol in public. Taken from the Minnesota Permit to Carry application (you are responsible to read these statues and ensure that you do not meet any of the qualifications in these statues. If you’re confused about them, please consult a lawyer.):

“The following statutes describe persons that are prohibited from possessing a firearm:

  1. Minnesota Statutes, §518B.01, subdivision 14 – Violation of an Order for Protection.
  2. Minnesota Statutes, §609.224, subdivision 3 – Assault in the 1st through 5th Degree with firearms.
  3. Minnesota Statutes, §609.2242, subdivision 3 – Domestic assaults with firearms.
  4. Minnesota Statutes, §609.749, subdivision 8 – Harassment; Stalking; Firearms.
  5. Minnesota Statutes, §624.713 – Certain persons not to have pistols or semiautomatic military-style assault weapons.
  6. Minnesota Statutes, §624.719 – Possession of a firearm by non-resident alien.
  7. Minnesota Statutes, §629.715, subdivision 2 – Surrender of firearms as condition of release.
  8. Minnesota Statutes, §629.72, subdivision 2 – Judicial review that prohibits person from possessing a firearm.
  9. Minnesota Statutes, §299C.091 – Listed in the criminal gang investigation system.

    Note: Federal laws, not listed herein, may also prohibit possession of a firearm for certain persons.”

    Secondly, you need to ensure that you meet the qualifications for a Minnesota Permit to Carry license. Now quoting:

    “For Minnesota residents, individuals may obtain permits to carry a pistol by submitting an application and other related documentation to the sheriff in the county where the applicant resides. Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff.

    Applicant requirements:
    -Must be at least 21 years of age.
    -Must complete an application form.
    -Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
    -Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system.
    -Must be a resident of the county from which you are requesting a permit if you reside in Minnesota.

    Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff and provide the sheriff with either the I-551 or I-151 card that has been issued.
    -Must provide certificate of completed authorized firearms training. Training by a certified instructor and completed within one year prior to applying for a permit to carry.”

    Thirdly, you must complete authorized firearms training from an authorized Business Organization Approved to Train Instructors, such as Maple Grove Firearms. Here is the relevant statue for the training requirements:

    Subd. 2a. Training in the safe use of a pistol.

    (a) An applicant must present evidence that the applicant received training in the safe use of a pistol within one year of the date of an original or renewal application. Training may be demonstrated by:

    (1) employment as a peace officer in the state of Minnesota within the past year; or

    (2) completion of a firearms safety or training course providing basic training in the safe use of a pistol and conducted by a certified instructor.

    (b) Basic training must include:

    (1) instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use;

    (2) successful completion of an actual shooting qualification exercise; and

    (3) instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the restrictions on the use of deadly force.

    (c) The certified instructor must issue a certificate to a person who has completed a firearms safety or training course described in paragraph (b). The certificate must be signed by the instructor and attest that the person attended and completed the course.

    (d) A person qualifies as a certified instructor if the person is certified as a firearms instructor within the past five years by an organization or government entity that has been approved by the Department of Public Safety in accordance with the department’s standards.

    (e) A sheriff must accept the training described in this subdivision as meeting the requirement in subdivision 2, paragraph (b), for training in the safe use of a pistol. A sheriff may also accept other satisfactory evidence of training in the safe use of a pistol.

    Fourthly, after completing your training, you must apply to your county Sheriff for the license. The Sheriff will have 30 days to respond and must issue you a license if s/he has no legal reason to keep you from having a license, as outlined above. The Sheriff cannot use personal bias to make this decision.

    The license will come to you in the mail and will be valid for five years.

    If you have any questions about obtaining your Minnesota Permit to Carry license, you’re always welcome to call us at 763-458-3722.

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