The minimum eligibility requirements are:
- A United States citizen or legal permanent resident alien; AND
- Legally able to possess a firearm/dangerous weapon; AND
- Age 18 for a Class 2 license, or age 21 for a Class 1 license; AND
- A resident of North Dakota; OR on full-time active military duty stationed in ND; OR a resident of a state that has reciprocity with ND and who possesses a valid concealed weapon license in their home state; AND
- Successfully complete the training requirements, AND
- 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.
Difference between Class 1 and Class 2
The only difference between a Class 1 license and a Class 2 license is - Reciprocity.
Both licenses are equally valid within North Dakota, but because of the additional testing requirements, the holders of a Class 1 license have reciprocity in many more states than those who hold a Class 2 license. The application process and testing fees are the same for both classes of license.
All testing must be completed within the state of North Dakota. Testing requirements cannot be waived.