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Permits & Records

 
 

IMPORTANT CHANGES

REGARDING FIREARMS PERMITS

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020:


 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saint Louis County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily stopped accepting Permit-to-Carry handgun applications. The Minnesota Permit-to-Carry law requires that an individual must submit their application in person. If we were to continue this required business practice, I believe it would expose the public and the employees that process the applications to an unnecessary risk of exposure to the virus. Public travel for the purpose of submitting an application in person would be contrary to Gov. Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20, of March 25th, 2020.
 
We have developed a procedure to consider accepting applications from individual due to an emergency situation. This change in our business practice will not affect any previously submitted/accepted applications.

Our office will continue to accept online applications for Permits-to-Purchase/Transfer (also known as Permits-to-Acquire).
 
I appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we get through this pandemic together.
 
-Sheriff Ross Litman
 

In an effort to reduce the risk of spread of the COVID-19 ("Coronavirus"), St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office will not be accepting applications for Permits to Carry.
 
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.
 
Service window hours have been reduced to 9:00 – 10:30a.m. Monday – Friday only.
 
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate the changing nature of this situation.
 

All Permits to Purchase must now be completed online.


 
Approved Permit to Purchase cards will be mailed to applicant's address noted on the completed application form.
 
 

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. 

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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