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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

North Dakota gun laws operate on a “Unrestricted” and "Shall Issue" policy. You can still obtain the Class 1 & 2 permits if you wish to travel out-of-state. Applications are processed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation after you have submitted documents to your local sheriff’s office. Applicants will need to pass a written test for a Class 1 or 2 permits and in addition complete a firearms course for Class 1 permits.

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North Dakota is an “Unrestricted” (effective 1 Aug 2017) and “shall issue” state.
Non-Resident permits are available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

NOTE – there are two types of permit/licenses available;
Class 1 – has reciprocity in many more states
Class 2 – less reciprocity but both licenses are treated the same within North Dakota

  • Age 18 for a Class 2 license, or age 21 for a Class 1 license.
  • A United States citizen or legal permanent resident alien.
  • Legally able to possess a firearm/dangerous weapon.
  • Must be a resident of North Dakota for 1 year as evidenced by ND driver license or ND ID card.
  • Successfully complete the training requirements.
  • Not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.
  • No disqualifying offenses. A criminal background check is conducted on every new and renewal applicant. If you have been convicted of any alcohol-related offense within the past 10 years, you are ineligible for a Class 1 license but may apply for a Class 2 license.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Public gatherings
  • Athletic or sporting events
  • Schools or school functions
  • Churches or church functions
  • Political rallies or functions
  • Musical concerts
  • Any establishment that sells alcoholic beverages or is used as a gaming site
  • individuals in publicly owned parks where hunting is not allowed by proclamation and publicly owned or operated buildings
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on North Dakota Gun Laws

Get in Touch

Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 600 East Boulevard Ave.

CityBismarck, ND 58505

Phone 1-855-562-4946


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In “Where You Cannot Carry”, you should add that it cannot be carried in a publicly owned or operated building (with the exception of restrooms).


Darrell West
Darrell West

You do not need a permit to purchase a pistol in North Dakota.


if you are a resident you do not need a permit. if you do not have a permit a background check is required.

Irv Stark
Irv Stark

Need to re-check North Dakota gun laws. I believe that ND IS a Constitutional Carry state.


You are correct, ND is a Constitutional carry state. I was going to make this comment until I saw yours, so instead, I will just confirm.

D. Mason
D. Mason

The above section of this ND page titled “Where you cannot carry” is out of date.

The section of ND state law that covers this area is NDCC 62.1-02-05. Your explanation is worded in the way the pre-2015 law was worded. Post-2015, the law was changed, and several areas previously off-limits are no longer prohibited for carry under state law, such as public parks, political rallies or functions, and musical concerts (although contert venues usually ban weapons for anyone attending).

Please update this section of the North Dakota page, above, to reflect current law.


The must notify officer is a bit vague and could be taken in a way that will get you in serious trouble. If you are using the constitutional carry to conceal a firearm you MUST INFORM the officer that you have a firearm, you should also mention that bingo halls are a no go zone for carrying firearms as well.


You state on quote “Currently, the state concealed carry permit that has the highest recognition is from Ohio being honored in 38 states.”

Yet, here you state that North Dakota is recognized by 39 states. So doesn’t that make North Dakota the most powerful CC license in the nation?