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Idaho Weapons License


  • Must be at lease 21 years of age.
  • Are a US citizen.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the firearm through a course.
  • Resident of Idaho for at least six months.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Carry In VehicleSEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry RESIDENTS ONLY

Permit Information

Idaho gun laws allow any person who is at least 18 years old to carry a concealed firearm outside of cities without a permit. To carry inside a city without a permit you must be at least 21 years of age. An enhanced concealed carry permit is available for those that wish to travel out-of-state. Some reciprocity states will only accept the enhanced version of Idaho’s permit. Applications for residents are made at their local county sheriff's office. Non-residents can only apply at the Canyon county or Ada county sheriff’s office. Idaho is a “Shall Issue” state for concealed carry. Open carry is legal and common in Idaho, must be 18 or older.

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Idaho Reciprocity Map


Idaho CCW license recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permit only
  • ID enhanced permit only
  • Issuing state

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Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, Guam, New York City, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands,

Idaho Places Off-Limits

Places Off-Limits

  • Public or private school
  • State courthouse
  • Juvenile detention facility
  • Adult correctional facility
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

18-3302C Prohibited Conduct
18-3302D Possessing Weapons or Firearms on School Property

Places Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed above

Idaho Gun Laws

Idaho Contacts

Ada County Sheriff


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7200 Barrister Dr.

CityIdaho City, ID 83631

Phone (208) 577-3112



  1. I grew up in Idaho, and have resided there and other states, and have seen my beloved state go through many changes, some good some not so good. I find it interesting that people on here are jumping on people for expressing their options on people from other states, especially California, what some, who may or may not be transplants, fail to realize is the political and socioeconomic impact on Idaho from California has been overall negative. When you can sell a trailer house on a small lot for $750k-$1M and move to a state such as Idaho , it adversely impacts a state with a lower median household income than that of a state like California. I remember when I came home from the military, when a large amount of people moved from California, the median household income for Idaho was $31,536. The immigration of Californians to Idaho impacted the real estate and rental markets so much that many native Idahoans could not afford to purchase a home and could barely afford rent. That coupled with the fact that with the influx of people from liberal states to Idaho has started to erode the once staunch conservative state’s conservative make up. That socioeconomic impact has continued today. I personally know that property tax on rental income has been changed to tax a rental owner on the real estate instead of it based on the income generated by the property it is based on what the tax collector says, regardless of income generated. Well in a state with a low median household income it creates a hardship between landlord and tenant, because the landlord needs to generate enough income for the property to cover expenses and generate an income, all while trying to balance a rental price that the median household income will support so they can keep the income property fully rented and producing income. I know people who have had their property tax doubled in three years because of this liberal tax change. You wonder why people from Idaho have attitudes towards Californians. My wife and I were pulled over by a state trooper because the rental car we were driving had California plates, though we were eventually let go once he identified we were in a rental, it was still an inconvenience. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “this isn’t like it was back home” then they vote to change it to the way it was where they came from, well if it was so great where you came then why did you run away? Why do you want to change the state you are escaping to, to change too what you are running from? Maybe we should think about it before we start bashing people, and try to temper it with a little understanding. I could continue with analysis dealing with the prices of building houses as well as other items but I believe my point is made.
    And the post did mention California. He posted “I also had one in California until I moved here.” Which says he had a ccw while living in California until he moved to Idaho. I know neither of these gentlemen, however, I do know, and understand, the sentiment.

    1. I’m a Californian, born and raised in San Franciso and I have lived the majority of my 61 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. When you live in the belly of the ‘progressive beast’ for 61 years, you either knuckle under and swallow the left-wing coolaid, or you go hardcore conservative. I went hardcore conservative. I was in the military, law enforcement and I’m an NRA certified pistol instructor. Yeah, not many like me where I live. Family ties have kept me here all this time, but I’m looking to move out now and Idaho is on my radar. I’m worried though that when people there hear I’m from Frisco, they’ll roll their eyes and give me the cold shoulder, and I wouldn’t blame them considering the number of left-wing pukes who are moving from Cali to contaminate your state with the very politics they are running from. If you folks see me though, cut me some slack, I’m a red blooded, All Lives Matter, gun totin’, flag wavin’ patriot.

  2. Can non residents conceal/open carry anywhere as long as they are 18+? I know the NRA site says yes but I want to be clear.

  3. So I’m going to turn 20 can I legally purchase a gun from a private party and open carry or do I have to be 21 still?

    1. Yes you can. As of July 1 2020 we are now a Constitutional carry state. Meaning, as long as you are not prohibited, anybody can carry concealed without any license. Hint hint. Don’t open Cary, there’s no need for it. Conceal it. And yes, the law is 18 years, so you’re good to go. Don’t Cary in schools, the courthouse or any federal building.

  4. I have a Idaho and Utah permit. I live in Florida part time. Can I use my permits in Florida. They both say residents only.

    1. They are saying that you have to have a residential Idaho permit, not a florida resident permit.

  5. I recently moved to Idaho and am now a resident. I currently have carry permits in Arizona, Utah and Florida. All as non-resident issued. I also had one in California until I moved here. Seems to me that Idaho doesn’t require a permit but offers them to residents. My question is what would be the Pros and Cons to me getting a permit in Idaho when I already have others that are accepted in Idaho.
    If I should get an Idaho permit will I have to sit through the entire class or will my current permits allow me to “Grandfather” into one?

      1. Lou, shut the hell up. He didn’t even mention CA you ignorant dumb ass. People like you are not wanted here.

        1. Most folks, if not all are leaving Calif not to bring the lib BS, but to get away from it. Chuck sure doesn’t sound like the Lib you are accusing him of being based on the carry permits etc…I am a true blue gun owning conservative looking to get the hell out of Calif soon, but your response is way off base, based on Chucks comments. Honestly, you sound like a serious asshole.

          1. Amen brother. I am from cali and a conservitive and need to get the hell out but the taxes are killing me and hard to save up to move. And i agre libs stay the fuck out.

      2. You ignorant fvck, go hang with your antifa buddies in Seattle.YOU, Are not wanted here, nor anywhere else in OUR country, as far as that goes. You pvssy little snowflake shlt bag. You are a communist sheep loving idiot. Nobody likes you nor cares of your pathetic existence. Go back to your midget minded little hovel and pray that God forgives cowards like yourself. You are too stupid to be alive.

      3. Come here you pathetic piece of shlt. I have a solution to fools like you!!!!

      4. He did say he had one in California until he moved there. Only CA residents can get one, albeit, very difficult.

      5. Lau, I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area and I came rose through that environment as a staunch conservative and patriot. So my conservatism was forged in one of the hottest left-wing furnaces in the country. I served in the military, law enforcement and was an NRA-certified pistol instructor. I am entertaining thoughts of getting out of this liberal hell-hole and moving to Idaho. I’m the sort of Californian you might need, and serving in the military gives me the moral cred to move wherever the hell I want in this great land. I understand your concern based on the number of progressive clowns moving from CA to your state, but I aint’ one of them.

    1. Reciprocity – specifically Washington state. I would request you remember why you left California, and not bring it here.

    2. Wow! You fucking people are idiots. No wonder this world is going to shit. This guy can’t even ask a simple question without you idiots attacking him. You don’t like people moving to Idaho? Move.

      1. Chuck W. You certainly appear to be another (yet dwindling) proud and reasonable American. I agree with you 1000%
        Thanks for putting those assholes straight.

      2. Chuck West, thank you for being the way you are. I bought a place in northern Idaho and didn’t sell my place for a large amount and buy something thats priced high. a home and 2 acres for 200,000. I’ve lived in a small town in northern Ca for 42 years. Its not as conservative as it used to be. The Covid lockdown gave a lot of liberal bay area folks time and money to move into our area and cause it to loose its charm. Ive fought left ideas for years but it seams to be a loosing battle. I’ve spent time over the past 3 years in the area in Idaho that I bought my home in. I got to know some of the locals and they me. so I feel like its a good move. I’ve ran into a few Idahoans that had attitudes when they asked were I’m from, but I take time to talk to them and make it clear I’m moving here to acclimate into the Life style not change it.If I liked the BS ways here I’d stay, sure the heck wouldn’t go some were that knows how to be neighborly and loves their county to try and change it into a liberal sh– hole.

    3. You’ll have to take a new class.

      There really isn’t a benefit to getting an Idaho specific one unless there is a state that honors the Idaho permit and not your other permits that you would want to carry in.

  6. I am a ND resident. I do not have my concealed carry any longer. I am looking to do some backpacking in Idaho this year, can I open carry in a National Forest in Idaho?

  7. Garth, This is what I found.
    TITLE 18
    CHAPTER 33
    (e) “Loaded” means:
    (i) For a firearm capable of using fixed ammunition, that live ammunition is present in:
    1. The chamber or chambers of the firearm;
    2. Any internal magazine of the firearm; or
    3. A detachable magazine inserted in the firearm;
    (ii) For a firearm that is not capable of using fixed ammunition, that the firearm contains:
    1. A propellant charge; and
    2. A priming cap or primer cap.

  8. What actually constitutes a “loaded firearm” in the state of Idaho? Can a semi-automatic pistol (or carbine) be considered “not loaded” if there is NOT a round in the chamber, but there is a full magazine inserted into the firearm?

  9. Why is the address of the Ada county sheriff’s office in Idaho City thats not Ada county it’s Boise county , maybe should be Boise .

    1. That’s weird that it says Idaho City. The barrister address is in Boise.

    1. Yes, provided you are not disqualified from carrying a concealed weapon or obtaining a ccw.

  10. What are the requirements for a non resident (WA) to obtain an enhanced conceal carry permit?

    1. Author

      Exactly the same as a residents requirements. Not clear as to whether you will need to apply in person or by mail. We will be doing a complete remake of this page in a few weeks and there will be much more info then.

    2. If you are a non-resident, you need to already have a valid carry permit in another state. Also, you have to take the enhanced carry course which is required for residents too.

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