Idaho Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

Example Idaho Concealed Weapons License:

Idaho Concealed Weapons License

Idaho Concealed Weapons License

Issuing Authority:
The issuing authority is the county Sheriff. You apply to a county sheriff for a permit.

Out Of State Permit Issue:
Idaho does issue permits to non-residents.

NICS/Background Check:

Permit Valid For:
Permits issued before July 1, 2006, are valid for four years from the date of issue. Permits issued on or after July 1, 2006, are valid for five years from the date of issue.

Permit Issued Timeline:
The sheriff must issue the permit within ninety days of the filing of an application by a person, over 21, who is not disqualified from possessing or receiving a firearm under state or federal law.

New – The basic license fee is $20.00, but the Sheriff shall require fingerprinting for an initial license, in which case an additional fee may be charged.
Renewal – $15 (Reported to be $30 Bingham County)

1. 21 years of age
1. Not formally charged with a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; adjudicated guilty in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one (1) year;
2. Not a fugitive from justice;
3. Not an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance; currently suffering or has been adjudicated as mentally ill, gravely disabled or otherwise incapacitated or lacking mental capacity;
4. Not dishonorably discharged from armed forces;
5. Not an illegal alien or if a U.S. citizen, has renounced their citizenship;
6. Not the subject of a withheld judgment for a crime prohibiting a carry license; or released pending trial, appeal or sentencing for a crime prohibiting a carry license;
7.Not the subject to a protection order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner of the person or child of the intimate partner or person; or
8. has not been adjudicated guilty of or received a withheld judgment or suspended sentence for one or more crimes of violence constituting
a misdemeanor, unless three years has elapsed since disposition or pardon has

Required Documents:
1. Application form – The license application shall be in triplicate, in a form to be prescribed by the director of the Idaho state police, and shall ask the name, address, personal description and signature, date of birth, military status, and driver’s license number or state identification card number. Listing one’s social security number is optional.
2. Proof of training – You must demonstrate familiarity with the firearm. Usually, one of the following courses is required:
a. A hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game or a similar agency of another state;
b. A National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course or any National Rifle Association hunter education course;
c. A firearms safety or training course or class offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, university, or private or public school or firearms training school. You may wish to utilize instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Idaho State Police;
d. A law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, law enforcement agencies or security enforcement agencies.

A county sheriff may grant you a permit without completing one of the courses if:
a. You present evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through your participation in an organized shooting competition or military service; or
b. You are licensed or have been licensed to carry a firearm in Idaho or an Idaho county or city, unless the license has been revoked for cause.

Renewal Information:
The renewal in Kootenai County is $25.00

Change of Name or Address:

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Permits:

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:

Automobile carry:
With a permit, you may carry concealed inside your automibile. Without a permit, you can carry located in plain view or disassembled or unloaded.

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. Courthouse
2. Juvenile detention facility
3. Adult correctional facility
4. Prison
5. Jail
6. Public school or private school

If you have any doubt, you should contact the government entity prior to carrying a weapon onto its premises.

Alcohol and Drugs:
A concealed weapon, even with a permit, cannot be carried while one is intoxicated.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Idaho is a Castle Doctrine state and has a stand-your-ground law.

Open Carry:
Unrestricted in most public areas and generally accepted.

Localities with Varying Laws:

Forms & Links:
State of Idaho: Concealed Permit FAQ
NRA-ILA: Idaho Gun Laws

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  • Anonymous

    Removed the mention of the executive order making the capital mall a weapons-free-zone.

    This executive order is no longer valid.

    First, after 4 years, the order expires.

    Second, the order only has the force of law if there is no controlling law regarding the issue.

    In 2008, Idaho passed full state preemption, which is now the controlling law.

    Each such executive order issued by the (a) governor must prescribe a date after which it shall cease to be effective, which shall be within four (4) calendar years of the effective date of such order, and if no date after which such order shall cease to be effective is contained in the order, then such order shall cease to be effective four (4) calendar years from the issuance thereof, unless renewed by subsequent executive order.

    Since there is now controlling law and since there have been no subsequent renewals of this executive order, it is no longer valid.

  • Gds013

    I can’t seem to find an on-line application for Idaho.. Can you direct me to a link that has the application forms??

    • Dannie

      DMV provides applications and handles License of CWP, each county issues a state License to carry concieled.

    • Thanemike

      they dont have one

    • I got mine at my local county sheriffs office. If you are in bannock county that is at the jail located on south 5 th ave.

  • Philip

    There is no phrase “you may wish to use instructors…” The Instructors HAVE to be LE or NRA certified.

  • Plumberken55

    Idaho issues a License not a permit

  • Guest

    You have this listed as “shall issue to residents and non-residents,” yet the text of this page says that they do NOT issue to non-residents

    • Charlie

      Read it again, it says Idaho DOES issue to non-residents. I read it wrong the first time too.

  • IAmCAM

    I have been charged with illegally concealing a firearm.. Does this revoke me from obtaining acwp

    • Brian

      No, but your status as a BSU fan does.;-P

  • Illinois is black… what does that mean? Its not on the legend. Does that mean there is NO concealed carry for citizens?

    • Wow…. just clicked on Illinois…… will not be taking my tourism dollars to that state.

    • Illinois doesn’t issue CHLs. In fact, you have to have a permit to own a weapon there.

      • lathrop

        trust me now Illinois HAS CCW but as expected it is difficult restricted and expensive.

    • XNETGeek

      Previously IL did not allow any CCW/CCP/CCH for residents or non residents.
      December 11, 2012 – The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place.

    • DaSarge

      Yup. No nuthin’. But that’s changing as of January 1, 2014. The federal courts came down on the side of the Constitution fr once (will miracles never cease?) and Illinois citizens will have the right to obtain a “shall issue” permit to carry concealed a firearm (and one hopes other weapons as well). I moved to Idaho 7 years ago, and I have never regretted my move. I am free here. And it feels wonderful! Knowing that I can carry anywhere (openly) and with my ccw (the Enhanced Permit) I’m legal in 35 states now,including Nevada and in New Mexico.

  • ken

    i love the fact that Idaho honors almost every states permits, makes me happy to live in this great state.

  • Old guy

    wii a hunting license work to get a permit without taking a class

    • Craig Peters

      No. A hunting license is NOT proof of training. You need to show your Hunter Education or Hunter Safety completion card OR proof a training from an approved training facility OR, if military, your DD-214 showing your firearms training (Small Arm Marksmanship or equivalent) ribbon.

      As far as the Enhanced Concealed Weapon License (ECWL) mentioned in another post, there are some items still needing clarification before some states will offer reciprocity. The Idaho ECWL is becoming available. Training instructors / facilities are obtaining their certification, and training courses are becoming available.

      FWIW, proof of military training, at this time, does NOT meet the enhanced license training requirements. An approved training course MUST be taken to qualify for the ECWL.

    • Lickmyjigglyballsack

      Yes a hunting license in Idaho does show proof because your hunting license has your hunters ed info on it. Call Norah Cole at Ada sherrif if you havent gotten around to getting that CWL yet. All you need is the hunting license, hunters ed or the sherrifs free 3 hour “training” which is just classroom nonsense.

  • BlastHardcheese

    This info needs to be updated. Idaho has a new “enhanced” carry license along with the one listed already.

  • Kyle

    Other than the list of places above is there anywhere that I can’t carry a weapon concealed with my permit?

  • John

    I just moved to Illinois from Idaho last year and yes it is black, it means you do not have any constitutional rights and you will be arrested if you attempt to be an American. Treasure every day you live in Idaho and enjoy your freedom. I am in in Military and said I do not want to move to Illinois or California. They sent me to Chicago. ALL Illinois residents I have spoke with in the last year believe they should have the right to carry, Amaze’s me. I ask them who the heck are they voting for cause you are getting run over by your representatives. This year they are suppose to create a law to allow CC per Federal Judges order. The state will not make the deadline most likely, the bill has passed and is on the Governors Desk as we speak. I believe the bill has enough votes in both house and senate that it is veto proof, not sure how ill law works altogether.

    Make sure that Idaho always preserves its rights to bear arms. You do not want to live somewhere that you have to rely on others response times to possibly safe you or your families live. Last year we had over 2,500 murders in the city. Most strict laws in the nation, least amount of punishment for bad criminals but they will lock up a law abiding citizen if he attempts to speak of a old thing called the constitution.

    Wish I was there, enjoy America and stand ready always, IDAHO

    • Kris

      That’s sickening .
      I think I’ll stay here in Idaho .
      Kris ;-}

  • Mitch

    This information is woefully out of date and incorrect. Idaho now issues an Enchanced Concealed Carry permit that requires training and range time in addition to the basic license. Please disregard any information on this site for Idaho until such time as this is updated.

    • SicknessofChoice

      The Basic Permit for Idaho however does not require range time etc, currently!

      • disqus_e0XtJDMPfo

        And at the time of the original post it says “a year ago”. Seeing as only 4 months have passed since july1st 2014 and Nov 20th 2014 That leaves 8 month o waiting for said enhanced permit details to be released and the OP was incorrect as to stating “Now issues” When the now was actually 8 months later. Long winded but logical.

  • DaSarge

    The information on this page is absolutely off. The Idaho Enhanced Permit is accepted in a number of states not shown here, and also is accepted as a matter of statute (as opposed to reciprocity) by a number of states as well. Specifically, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania all recognize Idaho’s Basic Permit by a matter of statute (we accept theirs, so they accept ours). Nevada, Washington State, New Mexico, South Carolina and Virginia all have letters of reciprocity with Idaho (in Va’s case, in addition to the statutory acceptance) and all accept Idaho’s Enhanced Permit specifically, and with only the exception of Virginia re: the Basic Permit statutory acceptance, the others only accept the Enhanced Permit. But that alone puts Idaho at being accepted by 36 states, more than most! Only a couple of others have greater acceptance, and all of them only give out a CCW to their own residents. In each case, Idaho’s Enhanced Permit is accepted by all of those states with the exception of Minnesota. I can’t wait to see what happens with Illinois!!

  • USACarry

    Thanks. This has been updated.

    • disqus_e0XtJDMPfo

      Glad to know you guys read the comments. Thanks for this site. Gave me the info I needed to go apply for my ECCL.

  • disqus_e0XtJDMPfo

    Heads up their prices for cost and renewal will be going up Jan1st 2015. But the back ground check fee will not. So instead of $80? that i paid i was told it would be “closer to $100” to a first time ECWL.

  • Sue Kennedy

    I’m in Oregon but may go visit a friend in Idaho and wanted to make sure my CC was legal in Idaho.

    • kewl0069

      OREGON doesn’t honor anyone’s CWP so Idaho shouldn’t honor Oregon until it’s voters decide to fix it. I am going to Oregon and can’t even have a loaded gun in my truck or open carry it at all. What part of shall not be infringed don’t these States understand?

    • kewl0069

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    • kewl0069

      Not allowing me to carry my gun in a safe Manor hidden from public to prevent someone knowing I have a gun is dangerous. And is a restricted or infringement of our second amendment rights it doesn’t say second amendment privilege’s it says right and shall not be infringed. But all states are infringing the second amendment rights every day. If a law passes and counterdicts the constitution then isn’t that law void and null by law?

  • lathrop

    First time applicant for Non Res CCW. Can I Download complete obtain print card and mail in to Ada County Sheriff all the required docs and fees? Im disabled and travel isnt as pleasant as it used to be.

  • mike

    from the time you fill out all paperwork at sherrifs office. And it all sent off for back ground . how much time does it take???

  • So what is the story with the “enhanced” carry license form Idaho? I can see that more states have reciprocity with that license then the regular one. What are the other differences? How do you get one? Thanks.