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Permits & Records

 
 

IMPORTANT CHANGES

REGARDING FIREARMS PERMITS

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020:


 
Effective immediately, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office will resume accepting new/renewal applications and change of address/lost or destroyed card  requests for Minnesota Permits-to-Carry.
 
Due to the fact that all St Louis County facilities are closed to the public, and to ensure that applicants stay compliant with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-33 (Stay at Home), we will only be accepting applications submitted via the United States Postal Service.
 
Important:

Send your completed application packet to your nearest St. Louis County courthouse's sheriff's office. These locations are in Duluth at 100 N 5th Ave W #103, Duluth, MN 55802, in Hibbing at 1810 12th Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746, and in Virginia at 300 S 5th Ave, Virginia, MN 55792. 

An incomplete application will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant.

In order for us to begin processing your application, you must include the following with your completed application form:
 
1) a completed application form (provided here), signed and dated by the applicant; (a renewal application cannot be submitted earlier than 90 days prior to the expiration date on the permit)
(2) an accurate photocopy of your training certificate* that is submitted as your evidence of training in the safe use of a pistol; and
(3) an accurate photocopy of your current driver's license (with current home address), state identification card, or the photo page of your passport.
(4) a $70.00 check or money order for new or renewal applications. $10.00 for change of address/loss or destruction. All fees must be made payable to "ST. LOUIS COUNTY SHERIFF".
 
In addition to the other application materials, an applicant who is otherwise ineligible for a permit due to a criminal conviction but who has obtained a pardon or expungement setting aside the conviction, sealing the conviction, or otherwise restoring applicable rights, must submit a copy of the relevant order.
 
 
*Permit to Carry Training Certificate of Attendance must be dated within one year of us accepting your application.
 
 

 
In addition, all Permits to Purchase must now be completed online. Permit to Purchase applications will not be accepted in person at our service windows.
 
Exceptions for emergency situations may be considered. 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 submitting via email to SheriffsPSBRecords@StLouisCountyMN.gov, or, by fax, to (218) 726-2171.
 
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate the changing nature of this situation.
 
Approved Permit to Purchase cards will be mailed to applicant's address noted on the completed application form.
 

All Permits to Carry must be submitted via USPS. All Permits to Purchase must now be completed online.


 
 
 
 

Permits, Services and Records

For your convenience, we present the latest permits, services and records from our central document library. You can search and find the latest information, forms and documents needed from our department. 

Check "Include Archived Items" for all relevant documents from years past.
 

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office provides expertise in helping the public with permits, services and records. Some of the types of these items include:

 

Firearm Permits

FIREARMS CARRY OR PURCHASE PERMITS

Purchase Permit

If you live in the jurisdiction of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office (rural St. Louis County) you make application for a permit to purchase a handgun online. St. Louis County uses the same application that you can download from the BCA.

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.

In other words - to obtain a permit to purchase a weapon and you live within the City of Duluth city limits, go to the Duluth Police Department. If you live within the City of Proctor city limits, go to the Proctor Police Department, etc. If you live outside the city limits, but are in St. Louis County, you would apply through the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. Exceptions for emergency situations may be considered if an applicant is unable to apply within their jurisdiction. 

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 submitting via email to: SheriffsPSBRecords@StLouisCountyMN.gov, or, by fax: (218) 726-2171.

Applications are available online. You must submit your completed application along with a copy of your driver's license or State identification card with your current address on it to: SheriffsPSBRecords@StLouisCountyMN.gov. We will not be accepting permits to purchase at our service windows until further notice. There is no fee for a permit to purchase. Our office has seven (7) working days to process the application.

Approved Permit to Purchase cards will be mailed to applicants at the address noted on the completed application

Buoy and Raft Permits

The Boat and Water Safety Division is responsible for the promotion and enforcement of watercraft safety regulations, marking navigational hazards and ensuring the safe condition of rental watercraft.

Their role is to: 

  • Enhance safety on the waterways of St. Louis County
  • Respond to water emergencies
  • Abide by Minnesota Statute 86B1.5
  • Promote boat and water safety and enforcement
  • Buoy designated waterways
  • Train and equip personnel for water search and rescue

The Boat and Water Safety Division has two purposes: buoying and boat and water enforcement, including training and accident response.

  • Buoying:  St. Louis County hires a private contractor for buoying services on Lake Vermilion, Burntside Lake, and Shagawa for hazard/channel markings to improve watercraft navigation and safety. Currently 290 buoys are placed in these designated lakes as a service to area boaters.  Learn more about Buoy permits....
  • Boat & Water Enforcement, Training and Accident Response:  The St. Louis County Sheriff, under MN Rules Chapter 86B.105, is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for search, rescue, patrol and inspection of watercraft on the lakes, streams and rivers in St. Louis County.  Deputies and Rescue Squad personnel participate in search and recovery of drowning victims.  Deputies participate in watercraft enforcement patrols throughout the county on grant-paid overtime projects. 
  • Water Related Accidents: If someone has a water related accident or drowns, it must be reported to the Sheriff.  This is covered by MN Rules Chapter 86B.105 and 6110.1900.
  • Lifejackets: Every person on board a watercraft or duck boat shall wear or have readily accessible a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device.  This is covered by Chapter 6110.1200 Sub. 3.
  • Swimming Areas: The owner or lessee of shoreline property may define a swimming area adjacent to the property for personal use.  This is covered by Chapter 6110.1600.  Learn more about Swim Raft permits...
  • Water Events: A permit is needed whenever an event occurs on, in or upon the water. This would include events such as ice fishing contests, snowmobile races on the ice, summer fishing contests, triathlon races, etc. Learn more about Water Event permits...
  • How Much Do Water Permits Cost: Water Event and Buoy/Swim Raft permits are $26 per permit.  Please make checks payable to St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. Please click here for our Fee Schedule.

Fire Burning Permits

Fire Burning Permits
A burning permit grants the individual holder the right to burn small amounts of dry leaves, plant clippings, brush, and clean untreated-unpainted wood as long as weather conditions do not pose a fire hazard.

Minnesota DNR Burning Permit Information

Event Permits

Event Permits
A Water Event Permit is required by Minnesota State Statute Chapter 86B.121 and is needed whenever an event occurs on, in or upon the water.

Accident and Incident Reports

Most incidents involving the attention of a St. Louis County Deputy will be documented on an Incident Report form. The status of the case determines what information, if any, is releasable to the public or to involved parties. Most Incident Reports are public information unless: it is an active investigation, court action is still pending, juveniles are involved, or information is classified as confidential or private. To inquire about an accident or incident report, you may email the ​Duluth Records Division.

Contact

In emergency or to file a report, call 911.

Duluth Records Dept.
218-336-4360
Records Email

Hibbing Sheriff's Office
218-262-0134

Virginia Sheriff's Office
218-749-7134