PROCEDURES FOR WEAPONS PERMIT
PERMIT TO PURCHASE WEAPONS
**Instructions on what to do if your permit to carry is about to expire**
Because of the volume of permits we are expecting, we will be accepting applications on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
To RENEW your permit:
-Apply AT LEAST 30 days prior to expiration.
-Attend new weapons training class or qualify on a range under the supervision of a trained instructor WITHIN the 12 months prior to expiration (fee may apply for training).
-$30.00 fee cash or check (includes plastic card).
-Issues for five years.
-Come in less than 30 days before permit expires or allow it to expire (considered new permit).
-Present same certificate from weapons training as when you applied for original permit.
-$55.00 fee cash or check (includes plastic card).
-Issues for five years.
For frequently asked questions, click on the link below.
A Non-Professional Permit to Carry authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons with no restrictions as set by the Iowa Code. A Non-Professional Permit to Carry is valid for five years from the issuing date.
Application procedures for a Non-Professional Permit to Carry a weapon:
Apply to the sheriff in the county of their residence.
Submit a completed application form in person to the sheriff's office.
Submit a completed certified handgun safety training course or military DD-214 form.
Provide a form of identification.
Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
Must meet all applicable requirements in Iowa Code Chapter 724.
Pay the required fee: $50.00 for a new permit and $25.00 for a renewal permit (see renewal instructions above); an additional $5.00 will be charged for a plastic card.
In order to purchase a handgun, an Iowa resident must obtain an Iowa Permit to Acquire if the resident does not already have a Permit to Carry. A Permit to Acquire authorizes the holder to acquire pistols/revolvers; however, this does not authorize the holder to carry a weapon. An Iowa Permit to Acquire is valid for one year after the date of application and is valid throughout the state of Iowa.
Application procedures for a Permit to Acquire pistols or revolvers:
- Apply to the sheriff in the county of their residence.
- Submit a completed application form in person to the sheriff's office.
- Provide a form of identification.
- Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must meet all applicable requirements in Iowa Code Chapter 724.
- Pay the required fee; $5.00 for a new and renewal permit