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Weapons Permit Applications accepted: Monday-Friday (except holidays) 8am-4:15pm. It takes about 15 minutes, our office closes at 4:30 pm, so plan your time accordingly.
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Yes, as of July 1st, 2017 you are able to transfer your carry permit between counties. Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
Once the permit is approved, we will submit it to the state for printing. (We no longer print the permits at our office.) The permit will be mailed to your home, so you will only need to make 1 visit to our office. On average, we advise it will be 1-2 weeks before you receive your permit in the mail. This time frame can fluctuate depending on the number of applications we receive each day.
*By Code, the Sheriff has up to 30 days to approve/deny permit applications.
The permits are now printed by the state in order to create a uniform look throughout. They are a quality laminated plastic, about the size of a credit card.
We have plenty of applications at the Sheriff’s Office or you can print one from the link below, complete it and bring it to us, with your Driver’s License or State issued ID with your CURRENT address and your TRAINING CERTIFICATION.
Permit to Carry Weapon
Permit to Acquire
Fill in application COMPLETELY.
Include all aliases such as nicknames, maiden or prior married names.
The state is now printing all permits.
We accept cash, checks, and credit or debit cards for gun permit applications. There is a service fee for all credit or debit card processing.
There is no way to transfer another state’s permit for an Iowa permit. So anyone relocating to Iowa will simply need to apply for a NEW Iowa Permit to Carry at the Sheriff’s Office of the person’s new county of residence.
However, it is possible that the training completed for the permit from another state might satisfy the training requirement for the Iowa Permit to Carry. Under Iowa law, a person must complete any handgun safety training course utilizing an NRA certified instructor or a state law enforcement certified instructor. Additionally, a person can use military small arms training to satisfy the training requirement if the person had an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions (DD-214). If a person has documentation of training and the instructor was NRA or law enforcement certified, or if a person has military small arms training, then that training should satisfy the requirement for Iowa.
This would be handled as a duplicate permit. (See Question #3)
Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
It would be handled as a duplicate permit. (See Question #3)
No. But you can search the internet for classes being held, check with sporting goods stores or take a class online. Any method will work as long as the course is approved by NRA or ILEA.
Anything outside the 60 day renewal window (30 days prior to the expiration date to 30 days after the expiration date) would be considered a NEW permit for the $50 fee. However, you can reuse your training certification or DD-214.
Prior to traveling across state lines, familiarize yourself with the laws of the state you intend to pass through and enter. Iowa recognizes and honors weapon permits from other states, but in many other states there is no such reciprocity.
When a person applies for a Permit to Carry, we will run a NICS background check to determine if the applicant is eligible. The applicant must also complete an application that asks questions pertaining to eligibility. Falsification of an application is a criminal offense that could result in prosecution, so an applicant should take great care in completing the application. This is a SIMPLIFIED list of prohibitors and is not considered a complete list:
PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS: