Permit to Purchase

Download a Permit to Purchase application (PDF).


Minnesota law requires a Permit to Purchase in order to obtain a handgun through the following methods from another person:

  • Assignment
  • Gift
  • Loan
  • Purchase
  • Sale
  • Other Delivery

Please note: 

  • Residents within the city limits of Elk River and St. Cloud must apply for a Permit to Purchase at their respective police department.
  • Note: Effective July 1, 2021, residents within the city limits of Becker and Big Lake must apply for a Permit to Purchase at their respective police department.

To access the Becker Police Department's Permit to Purchase application, go here.

  • All other residents of Sherburne County must apply for a Permit to Purchase at the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.

Background Checks

State law requires law enforcement agencies to conduct a series of background-related checks to ensure the eligibility requirements established in state law are met.

Timeline & No Fees

A Permit to Purchase card or a denial letter will be mailed within seven days. Permits to Purchase are valid for one year. There is no fee.

Apply for a Permit

Permit applications (PDF) will be accepted in person at the Sheriff’s Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays; or via mail and emailApplications MUST include a legible front and back copy of your MN state ID.

Permit Process

  • Complete the state application. All areas of the application must be filled in completely, signed and dated on the date presented. Falsified applications will be reviewed for possible criminal prosecution.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or legal alien. Applicants must have a current Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or passport with supporting residency documentation on their person at the time of application.
  • You must be 21 years or older under federal law to acquire handguns from licensed dealers.
  • You must not be a fugitive. Any type of warrant (including petty parking) classifies a person as a fugitive.
  • You must not be the subject of a restraining order.
  • You must not meet any exclusion for permit criteria.

Option for a One-time Purchase

For a one-time purchase of a handgun from a gun shop or dealer without a permit to purchase, an application can be made directly at the gun shop / dealer where the purchase will be made. The gun shop / dealer will require a consent form to be completed to allow a background check to be conducted to determine eligibility to purchase a handgun. Gun shops / dealers are entitled to charge a fee for this service.