Permit to Carry

Permits to carry a pistol are issued by Minnesota County Sheriffs.

Under Minnesota Law, individuals must obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public. (Note: There is no stipulation in the law regarding whether that weapon must be concealed.) A Permit to Carry Constitutes a Permit to Purchase. To obtain a Permit to Carry, follow the procedure below:

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Individuals wishing to obtain a permit to carry must fill out the "Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application - Permit to Carry a Pistol" and submit it in person to the sheriff’s office in the county where they reside.  

Currently, all in-person visits to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office are appointment only.  Please schedule an appointment using the appointment calendar at the bottom of this page or call 952-496-8300 for assistance with scheduling an appointment.

Applicants must provide proof that they have taken a Minnesota Permit to Carry a Handgun Course with an instructor that is Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Certified and that it meets Minnesota Statute 624.714, Subdivision 2(a). The course includes fundamentals of pistol use, actual shooting qualification exercise, and instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use including self-defense and the restrictions on use of deadly force. Training must occur within 12 months of applying for permit.

In Scott County, these applications will only be accepted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Currently, all in-person visits to the Sheriff’s Office are appointment only.  Please schedule an appointment using the appointment calendar on this page or call 952-496-8300 for assistance with scheduling an appointment.

The permit to carry application fee in Scott County is $50 and is valid for 5 years. It authorizes unlimited purchases within that time period.

The permit to carry application renewal fee in Scott County is $30 if you apply before your permit expires. If you are within 30 days from when your permit expired the permit to carry application renewal fee in Scott County is $40.

Once received, the office has 30 days to process the application.

A Permit to Carry issued in Minnesota is valid throughout Minnesota.

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For additional information pertaining to handgun legislation, refer to the following state laws or call the office of the Minnesota Attorney General at 651-296-7575.

Please contact our office with any questions regarding firearm permits 952-496-8300.