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The application process takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. This is how long it takes to apply, this does not reflect how long it will take to complete the entire process, which includes a background check and review before the permit can be issued. This process will be completed as quickly as possible but it will take a few days to get the permit issued. As a courtesy, we generally mail the permits to applicants but if you need your permit sooner, please advise our staff that you would prefer to come back and pick it up so that you don't have to wait on the mail. They will then call you when your permit is ready.
Proof of residency may be necessary in some cases. This is generally done by use of utility bills with applicants name on them, for the address in question over the past 90 days.
Go to www.aft.gov for more information on sales or purchases of firearms
Applicants must show proof that they have met the requirements set forth in Iowa Code Chapter 724, before receiving a permit. To see the entire code section go to: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/index.html
To summarize this code; 1. Applicants must show proper Identification (see required identification FAQ).2. Applicants must apply for a permit to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides.3. Applicant must have completed training, if required.4. Applicant will pay required fee at time of application. $50 cash or credit card for new permits, $25 for Renewals and Duplicates.
A professional permit also requires an employer's authorization on the application, along with a letter on company letterhead stating they are employed with that company and requests the individual to carry a weapon while on duty.
Training is required for an initial permit (first ever permit for applicant or first permit since 1/1/2011) and that training must have occurred within 24 months prior to date of application (except for the 2 military exceptions). Approved methods of training are:• Completion of any National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun safety training course.• Completion of any handgun safety training course available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or certain other firearms training certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy).• Completion of any handgun safety training course offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of a law enforcement or security enforcement agency approved by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.• Completion of small arms training while serving with the armed forces of the United States as evidenced by any of the following:- For personnel released or retired from active duty, possession of an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.- For personnel on active duty or serving in one of the national guard or reserve components of the armed forces of the United States, possession of a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and qualification.• Completion of a law enforcement agency firearms training course that qualifies a peace officer to carry a firearm in the normal course of the peace officer's duties.• Completion of Hunter Education Program IF program includes "handgun safety training" and completion of the handgun safety training is included on the certificate of completion.