Iowa offers two types of permits and is a shall-issue state. Residents and non-residents may apply for a permit. If you want to carry outside city limits, you’re able to do so without a permit as long as you open carry.
Open and conceal carry within city limits is only permitted if you obtain a Permit to Carry Weapons (PCW).
Iowa CCW Laws and Requirements
Iowa gun laws allow for any adult, 21 years of age or older, to apply for a non-professional permit at their local sheriff’s office. A shall-issue state, you can apply for a Professional permit at the age of 18.
The state’s requirements include:
Firearm training course completion
Meet Federal Law requirements
Probable cause that you will use a weapon unlawfully
Convictions, in the past three years, of certain aggravated or serious misdemeanors
If you meet these requirements, you’ll be able to apply for your permit.
Fees will be:
$50 initial fee
$25 for duplicates
When applying, you will need to:
Complete your firearms training course (more info below)
Provide proof of the course’s completion, along with:
Completed application form
After submitting the form, which can be picked up at the Sheriff’s office or downloaded online, you will have to wait for approval or denial. You will be notified via mail if your permit has been approved.
Processing time is 30 days.
All permits are valid for five years.
Iowa Non-Resident CCW Permit Information
If you’re a non-resident, you can apply for a professional permit at the Department of Public Safety. You will need to be 18 years of age to receive your permit. You will need to meet the same requirements as a resident when applying.
Non-resident permits are limited to persons that are applying for a professional license for work, or non-professional license as a military member or student that was transferred to the state. The only difference between a resident and non-resident permit is that the non-resident permit will have to be submitted to the Commissioner of Public Safety.
If you want to renew your Iowa concealed carry permit, you will have to do so within 30 days before the permit expires or within 30 days after the permit expires. You will need to provide your driver’s license, the application form and the required fee.
Firearms Training Requirements
All applicants will need to pass a firearms training course which demonstrates the person’s knowledge of firearm safety. The course will have to be taken live or on the web and can include one of the following courses:
Handgun safety course approved by the Department of Public Safety
Armed Forces of the United States small-arms training
NRA safety training course
Handgun safety course from a certified instructor
Courses from a law enforcement agency
Hunter education program, if it included handgun safety training and is approved by the state’s Natural Resource Commission
Which State Permits Does Iowa Honor?
Iowa will recognize permits from the following states:
Alabama (21 years old or older)
Delaware (21 years old or older)
District of Columbia
Indiana (21 years old or older)
Maine (21 years old or older)
Missouri (21 years old or older)
Montana (21 years old or older)
New Hampshire (21 years old or older)
New York City
North Dakota (21 years old or older)
South Dakota (21 years old or older)
Utah (21 years old or older)
West Virginia (21 years old or older)
Which States Honor Iowa Permits?
Iowa’s permit to carry is honored by the following states so long as the permit holder abides by the respective state’s laws:
Restricted reciprocity is offered in the following states, which accept resident permits only:
All permitless states will accept an Iowa concealed carry permit.
Where Concealed Carry is Permitted In Iowa
Iowa gun laws allow concealed carry in the following:
Restaurants (unless posted)
Roadside rest areas
Religious establishments are not mentioned in state statutes. You should follow the place of worship’s signage, which may prohibit firearms. Places of worship are private property, so you must adhere to the owner’s rules on carrying firearms.
Where Concealed Carry is Not Permitted In Iowa
Iowa will not allow concealed carry in many areas, including:
Vehicles, unless the firearm is unloaded and contained properly
Private property where postings restrict firearms
Private and public schools
Iowa State Fair
Iowa State University
Under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages
You will need to abide by all federal and state laws that prohibit firearms.