Gun permits

You can apply for a permit to purchase a gun or other firearm at the Minneapolis Police Department Licensing Division.

Permit to purchase a gun or other firearm


To purchase a gun or other firearm, you must get a permit. You can file a permit with:

  • The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Licensing Division
  • A dealer when purchasing a gun or other firearm

We require a background check

  • A background check is part of the permit process to buy a gun or other firearm.
  • You can contact the Licensing Division to ask about the status of your background check.

Rules and restrictions

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) explains the permit process and rules.

See Permit to Purchase/Transfer

To apply for a permit to purchase

You can apply in-person at the City of Minneapolis Service Center or by mail. 

  • Download and complete an application form from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Make a copy of one of the four accepted official forms of identification:
    • Minnesota Driver's License
    • Minnesota Identification Card
    • United States Military Identification Card
    • Passport

You may submit:

 Visit the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension site and download the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application Form


Permit to carry



The Hennepin County Sherriff's Office issues all "conceal and carry" permits in Hennepin County.

Learn about permits to carry a handgun

Contact us

Minneapolis Police Department Licensing Division




Minneapolis Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 810
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Service hours

Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minneapolis Police Department


City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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