Any person who is not disqualified under section 724.8, who satisfies the training requirements of section
724.9, and who files an application in accordance with section 724.10 shall be issued a nonprofessional
permit to carry weapons. Such permits shall be on a form prescribed and published by the commissioner of
public safety, which shall be readily distinguishable from the professional permit, and shall identify the
holder of the permit. Such permits shall not be issued for a particular weapon and shall not contain
information about a particular weapon including the make, model, or serial number of the weapon or any
ammunition used in that weapon. All permits so issued shall be a period of five years and shall be valid
throughout the state except where the possession or carrying of a firearm is prohibited by state or
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:
1. For personnel released or retired from active duty, possession of an honorable discharge or
general discharge under honorable conditions.
2. 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
3. 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.
The Following Documentation Will be Acceptable:
A photocopy of a certificate of completion or any similar document indicating completion of any
course or class identified above. This category would include copies of the Form WP-0 that were
issued to indicate completion of training prior to January 1, 2011. By reference, this category would
also include copies of previously issued Iowa permits to carry that include the firearm training
certificate number that appeared on the WP-0.
An affidavit from the instructor, school, organization, or group that conducted or taught a course or
class identified above attesting to the completion of the course or class by the applicant.
A photocopy of DD Form 214 or other documentation showing honorable or general discharge under
honorable conditions from military service.
Range qualification may be part of a training program identified above; however, range qualification is not a
mandatory element of training for initial issuance of a permit.
For renewal of a permit, the training program requirements for a new Iowa professional or nonprofessional
permit to carry weapons shall apply or the renewal applicant may choose to qualify on a firing range under
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certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy). Such training or qualification must occur
within the twelve-month period prior to the expiration of the applicant's current permit.
Note: You must apply at least 30 days before your Permit expires or you will be charged an additional fee
for processing. If you have a restricted permit it is still valid until it expires. You can apply for a new 5 year
unrestricted permit at any time before your 1 year restricted permit expires if you wish. If you have a
restricted permit you must still follow the restrictions placed on your until you renew.