Permit to Purchase Firearm

How do I get a Permit to Purchase?
Which city you live in determines where you should apply. If your city has its own police department, you will need to apply at that police department. If applying with the North St. Paul Police Department office, you may do so in person or via mail. Email is the preferred method of applying. Please save and attach your completed application to this email.

  • Permit to Purchase applications can be found here and are also available at the North St. Paul Police Department.
  • Applicants must present a current MN driver’s license or a legible photocopy.
  • Applicants must be a North Saint Paul resident.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old to purchase handguns, or 18 years old to purchase semi-automatic rifles.
  • If you chose to apply via mail, you must send a completed application and a copy of a current MN driver’s license, incomplete applications will be denied.
  • There is no charge for obtaining a Permit to Purchase.
  • Application approval may take up to 10 days and is dependent on a detailed background check. If your application is approved your card will be mailed directly to your home address. If you are denied, you will receive a letter stating why.
  • A MN Permit to Purchase is valid for 1 year. The process for renewing is the same as the initial application.

Please call the Police Department at 651-747-2406 if you have questions.