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Chapter 724 of the Iowa Code and Administrative Rules, 661, Chapter 91 contain information on Iowa’s weapon laws and the issuance of weapon permits in Iowa.

SF 2379 was enacted in 2010 and took effect January 1, 2011. The bill made significant changes to Iowa Code Ch. 724 regarding weapons permits. Given that the Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons is valid for five years, many permit holders issued a permit in 2011 are now seeking information about renewals. Frequently asked questions about renewal of the permit to carry weapons, as well as other common questions, is available in a new FAQ. Frequently asked questions regarding SF2379 may be viewed here.


Form WP3 Rev.2011.1 10/29/2010 (Iowa Residents Only) - For permits to be issued in or after 2011. Applications MUST be filed with the Sheriff of the county of residence.

Form WP5 Rev. 2011.1 10/29/2010 - For permits to be issued in or after 2011. Applications MUST be filed with the Sheriff of the county of residence (except applications for a Nonresident Professional Permit and applications for a Professional Permit for a state employee whose need to go armed is employment based, which are filed with the Iowa Department of Public Safety).

Further information about weapon permits in Iowa may be obtained by contacting the Program Services Bureau of the Department in one of the following ways:

U.S. Mail:

Weapon Permits
Program Services Bureau
Administrative Services Division
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety Building
215 East 7th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0045

Electronic Mail:
Telephone:  (515) 725-6230
Fax: (515) 725-6264

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