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Permit to Carry Application Process

Application Process

As established by the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003, permit to carry applicants must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Resident of Ramsey County (or resident of another state)
  • Meet statutory requirements

In addition, applicants must complete a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) approved training course and appear in person to submit their permit to carry application.

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • Applicant must present the original certificate of completed authorized training, and a legible copy. Training must be completed within one year prior to the date of the renewal application.
  • A current driver’s license, state identification card, or photo page of passport and a legible color copy.
  • Proof of residency via driver’s license or two pieces of official mail received at residence; driver‘s license must be in compliance with §171.11 and reflect applicant’s current address.

Applicants must bring their actual valid driver’s license, I.D., or passport and certificate of training so that Sheriff's Office staff can verify the accuracy of submitted photocopies.

An application fee of $100 will be charged at the time a completed application is submitted. The application fee is payable by cash, check or credit card.

Applications can be submitted Monday through Friday (except Holidays) between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The Gun Permit Unit is located on the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101.

Please make certain that your application is accurately completed prior to submission. Please wait to sign and date the application until you present it in person.

The Gun Permit Unit will mail your permit or explanation of denial within 30 days. During the application review process the Gun Permit Office is prohibited by state law to discuss the application with the applicant.

Office Address
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
Gun Permit Unit
425 Grove Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Contact Information
Phone: 651-266-9670

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and government holidays

Application Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and government holidays


Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Agency - Established 1849

Sheriff Matt Bostrom