License Minnesota

Firearms Training Certification

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)

Agency contact information:

Public Safety (DPS), Minnesota Department of
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 201-7000 | (651) 282-6555 (TTY)
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)
1430 Maryland Ave. East, St. Paul, MN 55106 | (651) 793-7000 (24 Hours)
Contact Info:


Minnesota Department of Public Safety    Bureau of Criminal Apprehension


Business Organizations Approved to Train Instructors - alphabetical list

Business Organizations Approved to Train Instructors - list by location

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), Emergency Communication Networks, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Office of Justice Programs, State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety, State Highway Patrol, Capitol Security and Traffic Safety.


Minn. Stats. 624.714


Application for Approval to Certify Firearms Instructors

Application form is also available on the MN Dept. of Public Safety website, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension section, at Instructor Certification.


Minn. Stat. § 624.714, subd. 2a(d) provides that a person qualifies as a certified instructor if the person is certified as a firearms instructor within the past five (5) years by an organization or government entity that has been approved by the Department of Public Safety in accordance with the department's standards.

See the Instructor Certification section of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website for organization requirements, instructor requirements, business organizations approved to train instructors.

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