License Minnesota

Permit to Purchase/Transfer a Handgun

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

Permit to Purchase / Transfer


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. 624.7131


Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/Transfer 

Application form is available on the MN Dept. of Public Safety website,  Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) section at Permit to Purchase / Transfer.


Handgun Purchases or Transfers

Under Minnesota law, handgun transfers involve any sale, gift, loan, assignment or other delivery to another person. If you possess a valid Minnesota permit to carry a handgun, that permit constitutes a permit to purchase. A person with valid permit to carry does not need to apply for a separate permit to purchase.

Click on the link Permit to Purchase / Transfer for the options available for individuals wishing to purchase a handgun. 

Click on the link Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/Transfer to download or print a copy.

If you are applying for the permit to transfer, the law enforcement agency has seven (7) days from the time it receives your application to notify you of its status.) The law enforcement agency will conduct a series of background-related checks to assure you meet the eligibility requirements established in state law. Once those checks are complete, a permit will be issued that is valid for one year and may be used to purchase a handgun statewide.


Permit to Carry FAQs

Curios/Relics Registration

Period of Issuance:

One year.

Length of Determination Process:

Within seven days of receipt.