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MN Permit to Purchase





Permit to Purchase Process


The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is only able to issue Permits to Purchase to residents of St. Louis County who are NOT SERVED BY ANOTHER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

If you reside within a city in St. Louis County, you must apply at your local police department. Check with your local police department to find out what application form they use.

For example: any resident of the City of Duluth, would submit an application to the Duluth Police Department, any resident of Aurora or Hoyt Lakes would submit their application to East Range Police, and any resident of Breitung Township would submit their application to the Breitung Township Police Department. However, any resident of Alden Lake Township, which does not have a local police department, would submit their application to the sheriff's office.


A blank Permit to Purchase application may be downloaded by following this link.


Permits to Purchase may be submitted in-person, via fax, via email, or submitted via mail.


Exceptions for emergency situations may be considered.**
Approved Permit to Purchase cards will be mailed to applicant's address noted on the completed application form.

**An emergency situation will be defined as the following: the applicant is in an emergency situation that may constitute an immediate risk to the safety of the applicant or someone residing in their household. The applicant must submit a signed affidavit describing the emergency situation. Signed affidavits must be submitted via USPS, email  (, or by fax, to (218) 726-2171.
***These above steps DO NOT apply for Permits to Carry. Please click here for a detailed step-by-step process for their submission.

Any Permit to Purchase application submitted to the sheriff's office by a resident served by a different local law enforcement agency will be returned without processing.


In emergency or to file a report, call 911.

Duluth Records Dept.
218-336-4360 / fax: 218-726-2171
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