The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI) processes the North Dakota Concealed Weapon License applications and maintains its database.
ELIGIBILITY, RECIPROCITY WITH OTHER STATES, AND THE ND CONCEALED WEAPON MANUAL
Eligibility for a North Dakota Concealed Weapon License
North Dakota has several eligibility requirements for obtaining a North Dakota Concealed Weapon License. To review the requirements and determine if you qualify, click here.
Reciprocity with Other States
In accordance with North Dakota Century Code 62.1-04-03.1, North Dakota will honor a valid concealed carry license/permit (resident and non-resident) issued by a state that has agreed to recognize a North Dakota Concealed Weapon License. For additional information about reciprocity, click here.
North Dakota Concealed Weapon Manual
The open book test that all Class 1 and Class 2 applicants must successfully pass is based on the North Dakota Concealed Weapon License Manual found here.
TESTING AND APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR A NORTH DAKOTA CONCEALED WEAPON LICENSE
Find a North Dakota Test Administrator
Only test administrators authorized by the NDBCI may conduct the training and testing for a ND Concealed Weapon License, which is valid for five (5) years. All new applicants must complete the open book test. In addition, applicants for a Class 1 license must (1) attend classroom instruction, (2) demonstrate familiarity with the firearm, AND (3) successfully complete the proficiency (shooting) test. All classroom instruction and testing must be completed within the state of North Dakota and cannot be held in conjunction with instruction or testing for any other state. Testing is not required of active licensed ND law enforcement officers; the testing cannot be waived for any other applicant. To contact a ND Test Administrator via phone or email, and see where they are located, click here.
Online Application – New and Renewal
This takes you directly to the Online Application Process for a new or renewal application; you will need a printer as the last step of this process generates the hardcopy ND Concealed Weapon License Application for you to sign and date prior to mailing. (If you are unable to complete the application online, see the link at the bottom of that page to print out an application to complete by hand.) For additional information about the application process, click here.
What Must Be Included with a North Dakota Concealed Weapon License Application
A comprehensive list of application materials for a ND Concealed Weapon License Application can be found here. Please mail the completed application and all required documents to the NDBCI. Applications submitted by fax or email will not be accepted. Make sure you include all required documents and have signed and dated the application, or it will be returned to you for correction.
CHANGE REQUEST FORM
To make an address, name or any other change to your ND Concealed Weapon License or ask for a replacement license due to it being lost or stolen, please click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A compilation of frequently asked questions, and their answers, can be found here.
INFORMATION FOR TEST ADMINSTRATORS
More information for current or prospective North Dakota Concealed Weapon License Test Administrators can be found here. Only individuals authorized by the NDBCI may conduct testing for the North Dakota Concealed Weapon License.
RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT CONCEALED CARRY
To learn more about the criteria for a qualified retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed firearm without a state-issued concealed weapon license, please click here.