September 19, 2015

Iowa Concealed Carry Law

Ready to begin your training? Take our 1 hour course for $69 today!

Carrying a concealed weapon in the State of Iowa is possible with the help of our class. To carry a concealed weapon in Iowa, you will apply for an Iowa Permit to Carry.

Iowans looking to apply for their permit and  increase the number of states that they can legally carry in can apply for their Virginia Non-Resident Carry Permit/License are perfect for this class!


Can I Apply For An Iowa Carry Permit/License As A Non-Resident Of Iowa?

Yes. Non-residents can apply through the Iowa Department of Public Safety.


Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?

No, you will use this class to get your Iowa Concealed Carry Permit/License directly. However, if you wish to get a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License in addition to your Iowa carry permit, it will give you additional state reciprocity.


Can I Open Carry In Iowa?

Yes with some restrictions.


How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?

Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years.  We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.


How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:
To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit:

You can also go to and on the left side of the page click the link for “firearms/concealed handguns” and then click on “Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits” link.

This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.

This webpage will give you everything you need to apply


To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.

This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit.  If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.

Gun Community Resources

How Do I Apply For My Iowa Concealed Carry Permit/License?

Residents can apply for their Iowa carry permit/license through the Sheriff of your county of residence. Contact your local Sheriff’s office for specific application instructions.

Lowa Firearms Coalition

The Iowa Firearms Coalition is a state-wide, grassroots organization dedicated to preserving gun rights in Iowa.

Iowa Gun Owners

Iowa Gun Owners is a state-wide organization working to expand and restore Second Amendment rights in Iowa.

Ames Izaak Walton League

The Ames Izaak Walton League has regular events throughout the year across the state of Iowa.