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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Iowa gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” basis. There are two types of permit available. Residents apply at the county level for a Non-Professional permit. They must be 21 years or older and apply at the sheriff's office in their county of residence. Non-residents must apply at the state level for a Professional permit. They must be 18 years or older and apply at the Department of Public Safety. Non-residents must also demonstrate a need for a permit such as owning a business or property in Iowa or frequent travel.

states that
honor an iowa permit
There Are

Iowa Reciprocity Map


iowa CCW permit recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permit only
  • Non-Professional permit only
  • Issuing state

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

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

Iowa CCW Permit

Iowa is a “shall issue” state.
Non-resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

There are two types of permits available;
Non-professional – issued to residents
Professional – issued to non-residents, security gaurds

  • 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 – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

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

Where You Cannot Carry

  • 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.

Details on Iowa Gun Laws

Iowa Contacts

Department of Public Safety
Weapons Permits


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 215 East 7th Street

CityDes Moines, IA 50319-0045

Phone (515) 725-6230



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With a CCP can you openly carry a firearm on you in the State of IOWA


Yes it is a non professional permit to carry a weapon, you can carry it open or concealed. You can even carry a rifle.go out to the iowa department of public safety website, they have the real laws and answers for you. Never risk your freedom on a non government website.


I just wanted to point out that there are some states that will honor your permit or right to carry in your vehicle only..I refer to them as drive through states. For example I have a Iowa CCW. Illinois doesn’t honor my right to carry. But I can travel through the state with my firearm loaded in my vehicle. There are other states like this as well . I wish your map showed the states that I’m allowed to have my firearm loaded in my vehicle only. Word of caution…most of these drive through states require that you unload and… Read more »


I also believe New Mexico is a drive through states as well.


Why do we allow or honor permits from other states that do not honor our permits?


I would like to think were setting an example of good faith. If they qualified to carry in their state we accept their rights to carry. And hopefully the states that don’t allow us in time they will. My hope is HR 38 gets passed!


That is typically known as “reciprocity”, each state compares their permit standards to other states. If New Mexico deems that Georgia’s concealed carry permitting standards are below their own than they will not honor those permits within New Mexico. If they deem other states to have equal or greater permitting standards, than they have reciprocity.

Dominick Berhow
Dominick Berhow

Where it says
Where You Cannot Carry
Weapons Free Zones (1000ft within school or public park)

You cannot carry on school property period. Within 1000 feet is an enhanced sentencing zone that if you commit a crime and have a gun, you will receive a harsher sentence. You can carry the sidewalk outside of a school as it is public property.

The only parks you cannot carry on are Army Corp of Engineer land, otherwise there is nothing to prevent concealed carry in parks within Iowa

Eric Whitver
Eric Whitver

Correction needed: half page down on description of Iowa CCW law above. There are two paragraphs named “Where you cannot carry”. The top paragraph should be “Where you can carry”.