Permit to Carry Reciprocity


  • Under Minnesota law, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been required since 2003 to publish a list of states which have handgun carry permit laws that are not substantially similar to Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law.
  • During the 2015 legislative session, a law was passed that changed the phrase “substantially similar” to “similar”.
  • Minnesota permit-to-carry law is M.S. 624.714. Subdivision 16 deals with “recognition of permits from other states.”
  • As directed by the law, DPS will annually review state laws governing the issuance of permits to carry weapons and will publish an updated list on its website each year.


States a Minnesota Permit to Carry Holder Can Carry

​Alabama Louisiana Ohio
​​Alaska Michigan Oklahoma
Arizona Mississippi South Carolina
Arkansas Missouri South Dakota
Idaho ​Montana Tennessee
Indiana Nebraska Utah
Iowa ​Nevada Vermont
Kansas North Carolina Virginia
Kentucky North Dakota Wisconsin


HandgunLaw.US is an excellent resource for checking reciprocity in other states, but be sure to refer to the actual statutes when making your travel preparations. Click here for the HandgunLaw page for Minnesota, including a map of states that honors the Minnesota Permit to Carry.

States with Laws NOT Similar to Minnesota (not valid in Minnesota)

Alabama Maryland Oregon
​Arizona ​Massachusetts Pennsylvania
​Arkansas ​​Mississippi Tennessee
​California ​Missouri Texas
​Colorado Montana Utah
​Connecticut ​Nebraska Vermont
​Florida ​Nevada ​Virginia
​Georgia New Hampshire Washington
​Hawaii New York Wisconsin
​Indiana North Carolina ​Wyoming
​Iowa Ohio  
​​​Maine ​Oklahoma

Out of State Permits Valid in Minnesota

Alaska​ Kentucky ​​North Dakota (Class 1 License only)
​Delaware Louisiana Rhode Island
Idaho (Enhanced permit only) Michigan ​South Carolina
​Illinois New Jersey ​South Dakota (Enhanced permit only)
Kansas New Mexico West Virginia (Regular permit only)

Last updated:  1 July 2020


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