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Iowa Concealed Pistol License Reciprocity Map

All about Iowa, Permits, and Conceal Carrying a Weapon Below.

Iowa CCW Reciprocity State Info

Iowa Reciprocity, Iowa Honors these permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Iowa Concealed Weapons Permits are honored in These States:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Nebraska will only honor the Iowa Non-Professional permit and not the Iowa Professional Permit.

No Permit Needed States

The following states have permitless carry which allows anyone that can legally possess a firearm carry conceal:  Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia.  Some restrictions may apply.  Check each state for its own restrictions.

No Permit Carry Needed, With Restrictions

Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming Residents are allowed to Concealed Carry without a permit.

Iowa Conceal Carry Permits not Honored in these states:

NOT Honored by These States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

Iowa Conceal Carry Permit Information

Iowa CCW Application Fee

New Permits: $50
Renewal: $25
Duplicate: $25

Sheriff’s Offices that offer wallet size permit cards typically charge an additional fee to defray the cost of producing the permit cards.

Residents & Non Residents

Non-resident permits available.

There are two types of permits available for Iowa
Non-professional – issued to residents
Professional – issued to non-residents, security guards

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Valid for How Long

Iowa concealed carry permit is valid for 5 years

Shall Issue State

Iowa is a “shall issue” state.

Is Iowa an Open Carry State?

Can I open carry in Iowa?

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
Open carry is legal in Iowa but there are restrictions. The minimum age to open carry is 21. You will need a permit to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle and in cities.

How long does it take to get a concealed weapons permit in Iowa?

30 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received.

Concealed Permit Requirements for Iowa

  • Must be at least 18 years of age for a Professional permit.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age for a Non-Professional permit.
  • You must complete a firearms training course.
  • You have no pending charges.
  • You have no felony convictions.
  • You have no outstanding arrest warrants.
  • You have not been convicted in any court within the previous three years of a serious or aggravated misdemeanor not involving a firearm or explosives for which the court could have imprisoned you for more than one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation.
  • There is no probable cause to believe you may likely to use a weapon unlawfully or in such other manner as would endanger the person’s self or others based on your actions in the last two years.
  • Federal Law – Applies

Can I carry a gun in my car in Iowa?

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
You must have a permit to carry a loaded firearm. If you do not have a permit then the handgun must be unloaded and inside a closed and fastened container that is too large to be concealed on the person. Or inside a cargo or luggage compartment where the handgun will not be readily accessible to any person riding in the vehicle.
With a permit you can carry concealed in a vehicle.

Where to Apply for Iowa Conceal Permit License and steps to take

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety. Applications are submitted to the sheriff of the county you reside in.

  1. Decide on what permit you want;
    • Non-Professional, issued by the Sheriff of the applicant’s county of residence
    • Professional, issued by the Department of Public Safety
  2. Complete a firearms training course.
  3. Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from your Sheriffs office.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • Photocopy of firearms training certificate
    • Drivers license
    • Completed application form
  5. Apply in person at your local county Sheriffs office.
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Iowa Conceal Carry Laws

  • Notify officer of Carry

    NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
    There is nothing in Iowa gun laws that states you must inform a law officer you have a firearm when You are stopped. You are required to carry the permit on you at all times when you are carrying a concealed handgun.

  • Not allowed to carry in these areas

    • Weapons Free Zones
    • Public or private schools, colleges
    • School bus
    • Public parks
    • Casino
    • Iowa state fairgrounds
    • Campus of the three state universities
    • State buildings on the capitol complex
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 



  • In Iowa Can you Conceal Carry in bar? Conceal Carry In Liquor establishments?

    Yes their is nothing in the statues disallowing it. Being intoxicated while concealed carrying is not allowed.

  • Constitutional carry


  • Carry in Restaurant


  • Carry in State Parks

    Where You Can Carry

    • State parks
    • State and national forests
    • Road side rest areas
    • Vehicle
    • All areas of the state – except those listed as prohibited state capital ect.

  • Premises that have Rules that state no firearms allowed:

    “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Iowa gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits. however it is possible to be prosecuted for trespass.

Iowa Conceal Carry Application Forms

Iowa CCW Application

Iowa Contacts

Department of Public Safety
Weapons Permits


Monday – Friday9am – 5pm




Address215 East 7th Street

CityDes Moines, IA 50319-0045

Phone(515) 725-6230

Email[email protected]

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