UTAH GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide

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QUICK FACTS

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

Permit Information


Utah gun laws are regarded as permissive. A permit is required to carry a concealed firearm. Permits are issued to residents and non-residents who are 21 or older, have completed a firearms training course and meet other criteria. Applications are processed at the state level by the Bureau of Criminal Identification. Open carry of unloaded firearms is legal without a permit.

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  • Residential permits only
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RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

NON-RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, 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, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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

Permits/Licenses

Utah is a “shall issue” state.
Non-Resident permits are available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Proof of good character.
  • Completed a firearms familiarity course certified by BCI.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony.
  • Has not been convicted of any crime of violence.
  • Has not been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol.
  • Has not been convicted of any offenses involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances.
  • Has not been convicted of any offenses involving moral turpitude.
  • Has not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence.
  • Has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed.
  • Is qualified to purchase and possess a firearm.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete a firearms training course.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Have fingerprints taken at the Bureau of Criminal Identification – $15 for one photo, $15 for 3 fingerprint cards.
  4. You will need these documents;
    • Completed application form
    • Photocopy of drivers license
    • Photograph – passport quality
    • Non-resident proof of permit
    • Fingerprint card, one card
    • Weapon familiarity certificate
  5. Applications accepted through mail or in person;
  6. Bureau of Criminal Identification
    3888 West 5400 South
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84129

  7. You will be notified by mail if your permit has been issued or declined.
New Permits
Residents: $37
Non-residents: $47
Renewal: $15
Replacement $10

NOTE
Photos and fingerprints may be obtained at the Bureau of Criminal Identification (3888 W 5400 S, Taylorsville, UT.) The cost is $15.00 for 1 photo and $15.00 for up to 3 fingerprint cards.

  • utah concealed carry application form

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

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

  • Any courthouse
  • Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited
  • Mental health facility
  • Correctional facility
  • Church or house of worship that has given notice firearms are prohibited
  • Secure area of airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Utah Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety.

Utah Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84118

60 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 60 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
Utah gun laws do not require you to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm. There is also no requirement to carry a permit.

GunsToCarry recommends that you should always carry your permit/license when there is a firearm on your person and for safety reasons identify yourself as a permit holder.

YES/NO
“No Weapons” signs under Utah gun laws have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits. The law specifically mentions “places of worship” and “private residences”. If any of these places has posted a No Weapons sign then it is illegal to enter. A place of business is not mentioned in the law so it would be legal to enter a posted business although we do not recommend that.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
If a person is 18 or older and can legally possess a firearm then vehicle carry is legal if the vehicle is in the person’s lawful possession, or the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person lawfully in possession of the vehicle. If you do not have a permit then you must carry an unloaded firearm outside any vehicle.
YES/NO – Without a Permit
Without a permit, you can only open carry a handgun if it is unloaded (no bullet in the chamber, but can have a full magazine) and at least two actions from being fired. As an example;
1. Rack the slide to chamber,
2. Then pull the trigger

Open carry with a loaded firearm is legal with a permit.

YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Get in Touch


Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 3888 West 5400 South

CitySalt Lake City, Utah 84129

Phone (801) 965-4445

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