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Title: Permit to Purchase/Transfer a Handgun
Alternate Title:

Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) - Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)

Subject: Firearms
Creation Date: 7/8/2009 12:12:26 PM
Modification Date: 8/20/2009 10:47:33 AM
Agency Name: Public Safety (DPS), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: 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.
Agency Phone: 651-201-7000
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Public Safety, Minnesota Dept. of
445 Minnesota Street

St. Paul
MN 55101

Division Name: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-793-7000 -24 Hours
Division Fax: Division URL:
Division Address:
1430 Maryland Ave. East

St. Paul
MN 55106

Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:


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. You don't need to apply for a separate permit to purchase.

Options for Obtaining a Permit to Purchase/Transfer

Option 1

Fill out a Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/TransferSubmit the application to your local police chief, or if your municipality does not have a police department, to your county's sheriff. The law enforcement agency will conduct a series of background-related checks to assure you meet eligibility requirements established in state law.

Once those checks are complete, a one-year permit to purchase a handgun in Minnesota will be issued. If you are applying for a permit to transfer the law enforcement agency must notify you of its status within seven days of receipt.

Option 2

If you want to make a one-time purchase of a handgun from a dealer and you do not have a permit to purchase, you may apply directly at the gun shop where you will purchase the handgun. The gun shop will require you to complete a consent form that allows them to conduct a name and date-of-birth background check to determine your eligibility to purchase a gun. However, some businesses may choose to follow other business practices. The gun shops are entitled to charge a fee for this service.

Statutes: 624.7131


Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/Transfer 

Application form is available at Permit to Purchase/Transfer

Fees: There are no fees associated with this permit.
Period of Issuance:

One year.

Length of Determination: Within seven days of receipt.
Other Info:
Activity: Firearms
Permit to Carry
License Detail URL:

Permit to Purchase / Transfer


MN Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)

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