Annual Permit to Acquire Pistols or Revolvers - A permit to acquire authorizes the holder to purchase pistols and revolvers, however this does not authorize the holder to carry a weapon.
Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons - A nonprofessional permit to carry weapons authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons other than in connection with their employment and to purchase handguns. New Permit to Carry Applicants must complete a Safety Education Course prior to submitting an application. The Sheriff of the county of residence may also request an applicant submit two completed fingerprint cards and display identification of Iowa residency.
Professional Permit to Carry Weapons - A professional permit to carry weapons authorizes the permit holder to both carry weapons and to purchase handguns in connection with their employment. A professional permit is only valid while going to and from work and while engaged in the employment for which it was issued.
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 Public Safety can issue permits to carry. Beginning January 1, 2011, Permit to Carry Weapon are valid for 5 years from the date of issuance.
**Please note that you must renew your permit 30 days before the expiration date, if you file after that time or after the expiration date, you will have to file for a "New" permit.
Permit to Carry ........$50/new/5yr permit
Permit to Acquire ........$25/5 yr permit
Weapon Permit FAQ's
2011 New / Renewal Application and Required Training
Acquiring and Possessing Firearms
Can I Carry a Weapon on School Grounds?
Iowa Department of Public Safety Frequently Asked Questions Regarding SF2379
Iowa Hunting Laws and Weapon Permit Applicability
Where to take a Firearms Safety Course
Does the LEOSA Carry Law Apply to You?
In What States is the Iowa Permit to Carry and Purchase Valid?
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