Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Minnesota Permit to Carry laws?

Here are Frequently Asked Questions on the Minnesota BCA website.

Who may take the class?

Anyone may take the class including those who reside in other states and foreign nationals. However, you must meet certain state requirements to receive your permit. The requirements are that you must be at least 21, a permanent U.S. resident and pass several background checks.

How do I get my Minnesota permit?

In Minnesota you apply in person at your local sheriff’s office. Bring the course certificate, a completed Permit to Carry application and $100 in cash with you.

How do I get my Florida permit?

This class also fulfills the requirements for a Florida permit. You may apply for that permit by mail.

Can I fail the class?

The only way to fail the class is to intentionally violate one of the gun safety rules. Safety is the primary concept taught in the class and must be followed at all times.

What should I bring to the class?

Your driver's license or state-issued ID. Guns and ammunition will be provided for the shooting exercise, so you can leave yours at home.

Can I take the class if I’ve never fired a gun?

Absolutely. The class covers shooting fundamentals and the operation of a handgun. You will leave the class knowing the basics of shooting.

What states is my permit valid in?

See the map in the Classes tab. Click on any state in this reciprocity map to see the states where that permit is honored.

What are the Minnesota laws for carrying a gun?

Click here to download a Fact Sheet. You can see the laws in other states at

How long is my permit valid?

Minnesota permits are valid for 5 years. Florida permits are valid for 7 years.

How do I renew my permit?

Minnesota requires you to take another class and reapply with your sheriff. You may take the class up to 1 year before your expiration date, but you may only renew within 90 days of your expiration date.

When I get my permit, should I carry a handgun?

Carrying a loaded gun is not meant to bring some excitement into your life. When you carry a concealed handgun, you take on an extra burden and a significant responsibility to yourself, your family and your community. You carry the means to protect life and deal out death. You will be held to a higher standard of conduct.

If you cannot accept this responsibility, adapt your lifestyle, and make a significant commitment to training, you should not carry a handgun. You will be a risk to yourself and those around you.