The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) processes the applications and issues concealed weapon licenses. Find out if you are ELIGIBLE and how to apply for, or RENEW, a ND concealed weapon license and which states have RECIPROCITY.
Please do not call or email with inquiries - the BCI is prohibited by law from providing information about the status of a concealed weapon license application to anyone, even the applicant. Instead, please follow the instructions for making a written status inquiry.
Find out what you need to do to report a lost/stolen license and request a replacement (no charge).
Concealed Weapon License Manual
The open book test to obtain a ND concealed weapon license is based on the Concealed Weapons License manual and state laws. The testing fee charged by the Test Administrator includes a copy of the manual for you to keep.
You can review North Dakota's Weapons Laws in Title 62.1 of the North Dakota Century Code.
Constitutional Concealed Carry
The state's constitutional concealed carry law took effect on August 1, 2017. It is only applicable within the state’s borders and only for ND residents who have a valid driver's license and are not otherwise prohibited from possessing or carrying a weapon. It is still necessary to have a concealed weapon license to carry concealed in states that have reciprocity with ND, including Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana. Reciprocity applies only if you possess a valid concealed weapon license.
Restoration of Firearm Rights
The Office of Attorney General and the BCI cannot provide assistance regarding restoration of firearm rights. Please contact an attorney in private practice or review the "self help" information from the ND Supreme Court.
See also: Expungement.