Minnesota Mobile Scanner Law

There are frequently questions regarding the legality of carrying or operating radios capable of receiving police frequencies in vehicles within the state of Minnesota. In 1993 the FCC preempted all restrictive state and local laws and ruled (FCC PR 91-36) that it is legal for licensed amateur radio operators, who have a copy of their FCC license in their possession, to operate - anywhere in the USA - an amateur radio transceiver capable of receiving police and other emergency services frequencies in their vehicle.

Minnesota law is even stronger, in that it covers any radio equipment, not just ham transceivers. In addition to having a copy your amateur radio license, it is also suggested that you carry a copy of Minnesota Statue 299C.37 Police Communication Equipment.

Information contributed by Dave, K7CJO.

Last update: February 17, 2008