Gun Permits


HF756 will take effect July 1, 2021.  Please visit the following URL for basic information and additional resources.

 HF756 - Iowa's New Weapon Permit Law | Iowa Department of Public Safety


On April 30, 2021, Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation extension that did not include statewide regulatory provisions relating to weapons permitting procedures which officially expired at 11:59 p.m. on May 2, 2021. 

  • Nonprofessional and professional carry permits that expired after February 18, 2020, and were within the 30-day renewal period at the beginning of the proclamation on March 19, 2020, will be eligible for the $25 renewal fee for 30-days following the lifting of the proclamation. That date would be June 1, 2021.  
  • Nonprofessional and professional carry permits that expired during the proclamation will be eligible for the $25 renewal rate for 30-days following the lifting of the proclamation.   That date would be June 1, 2021.  
  • Following the lifting of the proclamation, carry permits that expired during the proclamation are immediately invalid for the purpose of carrying weapons, but will be eligible for the $25 renewal fee for 30-days following the lifting of the proclamation -June 1, 2021.


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 click here.

To summarize this code:

1. Applicants must show proper identification.
2. Applicants must apply for a permit to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides.
3. Applicants must have completed required training.
4. Applicants will pay the required fee at the time the application is made. Carry permits are $50 for new permits and $25 for renewals.  Purchase permits are $25.
If you have any questions with this new process, call Jeana Davis at 712.279.6010 Ext. 5061.
1. Download, print and fill out the appropriate application listed below. Fill in all blanks thoroughly. Females, include your maiden name and any other married names you may have used. Failure to complete the form will result in termination of the application process.
2. Attach a legible copy of your firearms training certification for carry permits only.
3. Attach a legible copy of your Iowa Driver's License or Iowa Non-Driver Identification. The address on the DL or Non-Driver ID must have your current address.
 4.  E-mail the application, copy of your firearms training certification, Iowa Driver's License or Iowa Non-Driver I.D. to:
5. If paying by check, payment must be included with the mailed application.  Please do not send cash through the mail with applications.  If you are paying with a Debit or Credit card, you will receive a call once your permit has been received.   
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6.  Applications with checks can be mailed to:
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office
P. O. Box 3715
Sioux City, Iowa 51102
Attn: Gun Permit Division - Jeana Davis
Please allow ten (10) days for puchase permits to process and thirty (30) days for carry permits to process. The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office will notify the applicants when the application is approved.  The permit will be mailed to the address provided on the application.   Permits will not be available at the Sheriff's Office. 
Any questions or concerns, please contact Jeana Davis at 712.279.6010 Ext. 5061.
WARNING: Please do not call the office to check on the status of your application. As mentioned above, you will be notified when the application process is complete.  The permit will be mailed via USPS.   Calling will only slow the process.
WARNING: If any portion of the State of Iowa applications for carry or purchase are incorrectly filled out or left blank, the process will be terminated and the applicant will be required to reapply. This will include any missing or incorrect information, to include, legible copies of training certificates and identification.
A professional carry 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.
When making application for a carry permit, it is not necessary to make application for a purchase permit. The carry permit acts as the purchase permit.



  • Permit holders are STRONGLY encouraged to safely conceal their weapons versus carrying in the open or plain view.
  • At the onset of any contact with law enforcement, IMMEDIATELY notify the deputy/officer(s) that you have a permit to carry and you are armed.
  • A permit holder is required by law to carry their permit while armed by State Code of Iowa 724.5.
  • Prior to traveling across state lines, familiarize yourself with the laws of the state you intend to pass through and enter. Iowa recognizes and honors weapon permits from other states, but in many other states there is no such reciprocity.
  • Weapon possession/use is prohibited while a person is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs by State Code of Iowa 724.4C.
  • Permit holders may possess weapons in vehicles but not while riding on an ATV or snowmobile.
  • Contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for specific inquiries regarding hunting.
  • Private establishments may post signs prohibiting weapons on their premises.
  • Permit holders may not carry on school grounds.
  • Permit holders are STRONGLY encouraged to gain proficiency with the weapon they carry (to include shooting accuracy, weapon safety, and justification in the use of deadly force.


For additional information and frequently asked questions about the recent changes in the laws, please click here