Weapons Permit Information

Effective January of 2011, Weapons Permit Laws have changed.  Please familiarize yourself with the statute here -->SF2379.

There is also a FAQ Document located on the Iowa Department of Safety Website HERE-->FAQ.


Obtaining Weapon Permits

The Sheriff of your county of residence is the only person who is authorized to issue permits unless you are a non-resident of Iowa or require a permit as a result of your employment by the State of Iowa, in which case the Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety can issue permits to carry.

The process for Permits to Carry begins by attending training. Training can be received from any number of sources to include:  NRA certified instructors, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certified instructors or numerous other authorized trainers.  The Worth County Sheriff's Office does not endorse any specific trainer and the obligation to locate a reputable trainer falls solely on the applicant.

The next step is obtaining the proper application (see "Types of Permits" below) to meet your needs and click on the link to print off the appropriate form.  Once you have completed the form, take the completed from to your Sheriff's Office.  

Regardless of permit requested, the Sheriff's Office staff is required to submit a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) on the applicant.  The Sheriff's Office will also submit a request for a medical/mental health adjudication record with the Clerk of Court.

For Professional and Non-Professional Permits to Carry Weapons, you are encouraged to attend a Handgun Safety Training Course from a reputable trainer.  This class should provide further details on Iowa law, related restrictions, and applicable federal weapons laws as well as safe weapons handling procedures.

Weapons Permits Business Hours:  Monday-Friday 8am-4pm (excludes holidays)

Types of Permits Available

A permit to acquire authorizes the holder to acquire pistols or revolvers; however, this does not authorize the holder to carry a weapon. An Iowa permit to acquire pistols or revolvers shall be valid three days after the date of application and is valid for one year after the date of application (Iowa Code, section 724.20). It is valid throughout the state.

A nonprofessional permit to carry authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons for a period of five years.

A new applicant is required to demonstrate that they have completed any NRA safety training course or course offered by other recognized firearms trainer to include U.S. Military (as evidenced by form DD-214 or honorable discharge).

For a renewal applicant, Iowa law requires training to occur within the previous 12 months prior to expiration.  This training can consist of a requalification (demonstration of proficiency with firearm) or classroom curriculum similar to a safety training course as mentioned above.  All applications for renewal must be received no later than 30 days prior to expiration of your current, valid permit.

A professional permit to carry authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons in connection with their employment. A professional permit is only valid while going to and from work and while actually engaged in the employment for which it was issued.

A valid professional or nonprofessional permit to carry weapons authorizes an Iowa resident to acquire firearms in the same manner as a permit to acquire.

More Information:
For more information contact the Worth County Sheriff's Office at 641-324-2481 or the Iowa Department of Public Safety by e-mail: wpinfo@dps.state.ia.us or by telephone: 515-725-6230.


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