- Shall Issue
- Permits issued to Residents and Non-Residents w/ Exceptions
- 21 years of age required for Non-Professional Permits
- 18 years of age required for Professional Permits
- Non-Professional Permits Valid for 5 years
- Professional Permits Valid for 1 year
- $50 New / $25 Renewal*
- Processing Time within 30 Days
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Iowa is a Shall Issue State and issues Non-professional Weapon Permits to residents and non-resident with with exceptions. Iowa Professional Weapon Permits are issued to residents and non-residents employed in a private investigation business or private security business licensed under chapter 80A, or a person’s employment as a peace officer, correctional officer, security guard, bank messenger or other person transporting property of a value requiring security, or in police work, reasonably justifies that person going armed.
Iowa became a shall issue state in 2011.
Iowa Non-Professional Weapon Permits are issued by the Sheriff of your county of residence. Iowa Professional Weapon Permits are issued by the Department of Public Safety.
Does having a Iowa Weapon Permit exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm Iowa?
- Completion of any National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun safety training course.
- Completion of any handgun safety training course available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or certain other firearms training certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law
- Completion of any handgun safety training course offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of a law enforcement or security enforcement agency approved by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
- Completion of small arms training while serving with the armed forces of the United States as evidenced by any of the following:
- For personnel released or retired from active duty, possession of an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
- For personnel on active duty or serving in one of the national guard or reserve components of the armed forces of the United States, possession of a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and qualification.
- Completion of a law enforcement agency firearms training course that qualifies a peace officer to carry a firearm in the normal course of the peace officer’s duties.
The following training documentation is accepted:
- Photocopy of certificate of handgun training
- Honorable/general discharge or DD-214
- Affidavit attesting to completion of handgun training
- Certificate of completion of military basic training
- Qualified on a firing range under the supervision of a certified instructor (applies to renewal application only)
Training requirements for renewal permits are the same as they are for new permits (see above) or you have the option to qualify on a firing range under the supervision of an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association or certain other firearms training certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy). This training must take place within 12 months prior to the permit expiration date. [source]
If I get arrested or convicted, do I have to notify the Iowa Department of Justice about the arrest or conviction?
The issuing officer will immediately notify the permit holder of the suspension by personal service or certified mail on a form prescribed and published by the commissioner of public
safety and the suspension shall become effective upon the permit holder’s receipt of such notice. [source]
Are you allowed to carry concealed in Iowa State Parks, State & National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, and/or Road Side Rest Areas?
State Forests: YES
National Forests: YES
State Preserves: YES
Road Side Rest Areas: YES
8/9/2015 – Format updated along with all information.
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