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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

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 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

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

      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!!!!

    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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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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