Permit to Purchase

The Sheriff's Office will process applications for applicants who live in the county where a full-time police department is not in effect.

If an applicant lives within the city limits of the following cities that have an active police department they need to go to their local police department to apply for the Permit to Purchase a Handgun: Canby, Clarkfield, Granite Falls, Echo and the Upper Sioux Community.

Below is a list of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) pertaining to Permits to Purchase a Handgun:

1. How do I apply for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

Stop at your local police department (if you live within the city limits) or sheriff's office during regular business hours to fill out an application or fill out an application available here. The completed application must be turned in to the proper police department/sheriff's office either by mail, fax or in person.

2. What is the fee for the permit?

The is no cost associated with this permit.

3. How long is the permit valid for?

The permit is valid for 1 year.

4. How do I renew my permit?

The same process needs to be followed as if you were getting a new permit.

5. How old do you have to be to apply?

The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

6. How long does the application process take?

By state law the police department/sheriff's office has 7 days of receipt to either accept/deny the application.