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Concealed Weapons Licenses

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) processes applications for concealed weapon licenses and issues the licenses. The BCI is prohibited from providing information about the status of an application for a concealed weapon license, even to the applicant.

Renewal applicants: Federal fingerprint standards have changed and some older fingerprint cards are being rejected because they no longer meet the new federal standards. If your fingerprints were rejected, you will receive a notice to obtain and submit new fingerprints so that we can process your renewal. The 60-day processing time will start when we receive your new fingerprints. To obtain new fingerprints, please contact local law enforcement or a test administrator.

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General Information:

ATTENTION: Effective 8-1-2013 ND concealed weapon licenses issued to residents of non-reciprocal states are invalid.

As of February 28, 2014, there were 30,997 active resident and non-resident ND concealed weapon licenses.

APPLICATION PROCESSING: It takes up to 60 days to process a properly completed application that has all attachments. If the application is not complete, it will be returned.

If applicant satisfies the criteria established by law, the license will be issued within 60 days; if not, the applicant will receive a denial letter.

Concealed Weapon License Statistics (Number of Licenses issued by year)

Retired Law Enforcement & Retired Military Law Enforcement Concealed Carry

Questions? E-mail us at ndag@nd.gov