Permits and Licenses

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Gun permit

For permits to purchase a handgun, pick up an application at the St. Louis Park Police Department. Applicants must live in St. Louis Park and provide a photo ID as proof of residency. Permit approval takes about seven to 10 days, and permits are valid for one year. Application forms are also available at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Permits to carry a handgun are issued by all county sheriffs in Minnesota. Hennepin County residents may contact the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. If you have a valid permit to carry, you do not need to apply for a separate permit to purchase. For more information on permits to carry, visit:

Peddler or solicitor license 

All solicitors, including nonprofit organizations, are required to register with the city. If you are a peddler or solicitor, please follow the steps below to obtain a license.

  1. Complete the peddler/solicitor license application and refer to the application instructions for more details. Applications are also available at the St. Louis Park Police Department Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  2. Bring the completed application, your valid government-issued ID and the $150 per-person application fee to the police department. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted. The application fee may be waived for non-profits and Interstate commerce. To be eligible, you must submit a tax-exempt document from the Secretary of State, stating your organization is registered as a nonprofit 501(c)3, or for businesses not based in Minnesota, the Certificate of Registration (Business Certificate) from the state where the business was registered. If applicable, also bring your organization’s workers compensation certificate (Certificate of Liability Insurance). 

    Allow adequate time if completing the application in-person. Completed applications are accepted Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each person applying for a solicitor permit must appear in person with their completed application and government-issued ID.

  3. Once approved, the police department will contact you to come in and have your photo taken. After your photo is taken, your permit card will be issued.

Note: Your permit may be immediately suspended or revoked by the city for good cause. Please refer to the City Code for revoked causes, prohibited activities and the notification process.

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can I fax in the organization’s applications and copies of a valid government-issued photo ID?

  • Can I solicit in St. Louis Park while I am waiting for my permit to be approved?

  • Can I transfer my solicitor permit to another person?

  • Do I need a permit if I want to canvas my neighborhood?

  • Do I need a permit to hang an advertisement on residents’ doors?

  • Do I need to wear my permit?

  • How do I know if my company is a nonprofit organization?

  • How do I know if the company qualifies for Interstate Commerce status?

  • How do I renew my permit?

  • How long does it take to process the permit application?

  • How long is the permit valid?

  • How will I know when my permit is approved?

  • I am not a US citizen. Can I still apply for a permit?

  • I have an application form from a previous year. May I use it to apply or reapply for a permit this year?

  • If my peddler/solicitor permit is denied, is the fee refunded?

  • May I solicit when I see a sign the resident posted stating, “No Solicitors”? May I solicit when I see a sign the resident posted stating “no solicitors?”

  • What documents do we need to submit other than the application and a valid government-issued ID?

  • What happens if my permit is denied?

  • What should I do if I lose my permit and is there a fee? What should I do if I lose my permit and is there a fee?

  • What types of valid government photo IDs are accepted when submitting an application?

  • When can I get my photo taken and pick up my approved permit?

  • When do I need to pay the application fee?

  • Who needs to complete a peddler/solicitor permit application?

  • Why do solicitors need a permit in St. Louis Park?Why do solicitors need a permit in St. Louis Park?