- NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: An increase in the number of applications has resulted in a temporary backlog. We have already taken steps to reduce the backlog, but in the meantime there will be some processing delays. Although we cannot provide information about the status of your application, it may help you to know that if your cashier’s check or money order has been cashed, we have received your application. Applications are processed in the order in which they were received, and we issue licenses every day. We appreciate your patience while we work to overcome the backlog as quickly as possible. Thank you.
The BCI issues the license – or a denial letter – within 60 days of receipt of a satisfactorily completed application form. If the form was returned to you for correction, the 60 days starts when the corrected application form is received by BCI. If your license expires during the processing period, do not carry concealed. If it has been more than 60 days since a satisfactorily completed application was submitted to the BCI and you have not received the license or a denial letter, you can send a letter to the BCI to let us know that you have not received anything. Your letter must include your full name, date of birth and current mailing address. Send it to:
PO Box 1054
Bismarck ND 58502
Write “OVER 60 DAYS” on the front of the envelope.
When we receive the letter, we will check our records to determine whether the application was received, on what date, and if was properly completed. If there are problems, we will return the application to you for correction (the 60 days starts over when you return the corrected application to the BCI). If the license already issued, we will assume it has been lost in the mail and will re-issue the license to the address listed on the application form.
Sorry, we cannot accept telephone or email inquiries OR respond to the letters we receive. State law prohibits the BCI from providing information about the status of an application to anyone, including the applicant. Thank you!