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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
No permit will be required after August 1, 2017
- Decide if you want a Class 1 or Class 2 license
- Download the application under the FORMS tab.
- Make an appointment with a test Administrator. All first time applicants must pass a written test based on the Concealed Weapon License Manual.
- If you chose a Class 1 license you will also need to complete a firearms proficiency test.
- Gather the required documents together
- Cashiers check or money order for $60;
- Photocopy of your drivers license;
- Two color passport photos
- Two fingerprint cards (for new applicants)
PO Box 1054
Bismarck ND 58502
New Permits: $60
Accepted forms of payment;
Cashiers check, Money order
Made payable to “Office of Attorney General”
WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT
Where You Can Carry
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- 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
ND BCI – CWL
PO BOX 1054
BISMARCK ND 58502-1054
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 60 days of the application being received.
North Dakota gun laws do not require you to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm. But you are legally obligated to carry your permit/license at all times you have a firearm on your person and to hand the permit over if requested by law enforcement.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in North Dakota gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
Currently, it is illegal to carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle if you do not have a permit. With a permit, you can legally conceal carry in a vehicle. This will probably all change after August 1, 2017. However, I have not seen the new laws yet.
You can only open carry if you have a concealed permit/license.
Allowed in any part of a restaurant were a person under 21 years of age is permitted.
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
Get in Touch
Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 600 East Boulevard Ave.
CityBismarck, ND 58505