Missoula County Sheriff - FAQs
Our Most Frequently Asked Questions:
Following are our most frequently asked questions along with the answers. If you find that your question has not been answered here, you can call our office at 406-258-4810. Click on the links below to jump to the respective answers.
- When is a concealed weapon permit required?
- What are the requirements for obtaining a concealed Weapons Permit?
- Can I apply for an out-of-county permit?
- Is my Montana permit valid in another state?
- How do I apply for a Concealed Weapon Permit?
- When can I submit my application?
- What qualifies as proof of firearms training?
- I took a Hunter Safety Course when I was a kid and do not have my certificate anymore, can I get a duplicate?
- How much does a permit cost?
- How long is my permit good for?
- Can you waive the proof of firearm training for a Veteran?
- Can I mail my application?
- How long does it take to get my permit?
- What if I move?
- If I have a concealed weapons permit from another state is it good in Montana?
A permit is necessary only when the weapon is wholly or partially concealed on your person by your clothing or wearing apparel and you are carrying the weapon within the official boundaries of a city or town or the confines of a logging, lumbering, mining or railroad camp. Even with a concealed weapon permit, you may not carry a concealed weapon in buildings owned or leased by the federal, state or local government, any financial institutions, or any place where alcoholic beverages are sold, dispensed and/or consumed.
- You must be a resident of the State of Montana for at least six months (as evident by your Montana Driver’s License) and must be at least 18 years of age. A permit cannot be issued to a resident of another state. If born in another country, you will need to provide your naturalization certificate-a photocopy of your certificate will be made at the time you submit your application and the original given back to you.
- You must produce proof of an approved handgun firearms training course, i.e. a certificate of qualification with a handgun.
- You cannot have ever been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors involving violent acts.
- You cannot be serving a sentence or be undergoing treatment for substance abuse.
Your concealed weapon permit is recognized throughout the State of Montana, however, because the clear intent of the law is to have the Sheriff of the county in which you reside issue your permit, you will have to apply for your permit in the county in which you reside. Missoula County will not process permits for persons living in other counties.
Your permit is valid within the State of Montana, however, you will need to check the laws of the states you will be visiting or traveling through before traveling there with your handgun.
Applications are available by going to the official Missoula County website at www.co.missoula.mt.us, click on departments, select Sheriff Office, and go to Concealed Weapon Permits link or by visiting the front desk of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department on the 3rd floor of the County Courthouse between 8 a.m.-11 a.m. or 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. You must submit your application in person. Do not sign your application until you are in front of a designated person in the Sheriff’s Department. At the time you submit your application, you will then sign and date the application, provide a current Montana Driver’s license or state issued picture identification card, be fingerprinted, and pay a non-refundable fee of $80 either in exact cash or by check. We do not keep change in the office and we do not accept debit/credit cards. Also, make sure you have attached the required three (3) CWP Personal Reference Questionnaires to your application.
Applications will be accepted Monday and Wednesday between 8:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Montana Law recognizes any of the following training resources:
- Completion of a hunter’s education or safety course approved or conducted by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks or a similar agency of another state;
- Completion of a firearms safety or training course from a National Firearms Association, a law enforcement agency, an institution of higher education, or an organization that uses instructors certified by a National Firearms Association;
- Completion of a law enforcement firearms safety or training course offered to or required by public or private law enforcement personnel and conducted or approved by a law enforcement agency;
- Possession of a license from another state to carry a firearm, concealed or otherwise, that is granted by that state upon completion of a course described in subsections (3)(a) through (3) (c); or
- Evidence that the applicant, during military service, was found to be qualified to operate firearms including handguns.
I took a Hunter Safety Course when I was a kid and do not have my certificate anymore, can I get a duplicate?
Yes. Go to the official Fish, Wildlife and Parks website www.fwp.mt.gov. If you cannot locate your certificate on the website you may send an e-mail from your inquiry page providing the requested information. Fish, Wildlife and Parks is very good at responding to your e-mail within hours. You also have the option of contacting the Missoula office at 406-542-5500.
A non-refundable fee of $80 ($50 issuance fee, $25 background fee, $5 fingerprint fee) will be charged at the time your application is submitted. We accept only exact cash or a check. We do not keep change in the office and we do not take debit/credit cards.
Your permit is good for four (4) years. You can renew up to 90 days prior to the expiration of your permit by completing the renewal form at the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department between 8 a.m.-11 a.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The renewal fee is $25. Failure to renew your permit prior to expiration will result in your needing to submit a new application and pay the full fee.
No. State law required the proof of firearm training. Your DD214 must specifically state ‘handgun training’.
No. Applications must be made in person. Do not sign your application until you submit the completed form to the designated person in the Sheriff’s Department.
Applicants must submit to a background and record check. Once completed and approved by the Sheriff, you will be notified by mail usually in less than two (2) months.
If a permit holder changes county of residence, he/she must within ten (10) days notify the Sheriff of the county where his permit was issued he is leaving. The permit holder must also notify the Sheriff and Chief of Police in the location of his/her new residence that he/she holds a permit.
Click here https://doj.mt.gov/enforcement/concealed-weapons/ to link to Montana Department of Justice site. If you moved here from another state, your permit is not transferable; you must complete the application process for a Montana permit after residing in Montana for six (6) months.