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Permit to purchase a firearm

Greenfield, Hanover, Medicine Lake and Rockford residents

Apply for a permit to purchase through the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

We are required to do a background check. We are also required to either issue the permit or provide a denial letter within 7 days from the date we receive the application.

Permit to purchases are valid for 1 year and there is no fee.


  • Be at least 21
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have legal alien status
  • Cannot be a fugitive or have any warrant including for petty misdemeanors
  • Cannot be listed as the respondent in a restraining order
  • Not be excluded from purchasing a firearm under any criteria listed in Minnesota law (statute 624.714)


  • Fill in, sign and date the application with the date you present it at our office.
  • Giving false information on an application could result in criminal charges.
  • Present a valid and current Minnesota driver’s license or ID card with your current address. You may also use a passport with proof of residency.

Minnesota application for permit to purchase a firearm (PDF) View

After you fill out the application

You can drop it off at any of our locations during normal hours.

You don’t need an appointment to drop of the application.

But if you like, you can schedule an appointment at any of our locations:

We will give you a receipt at the time you apply.

Minneapolis residents 

Other county residents

Apply for a permit to purchase it at your local police department.

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