Gun Permits

Due to COVID-19, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the public will have to utilize the following options when applying for a weapons permit.

  • Be sure to select the appropriate application for the type of permit you wish to obtain. Download Permit to Acquire application or Permit to Carry application.
  • Fill out all applicable fields then sign and date the application. Incomplete applications will not be processed and will be mailed back to you.
  • For renewal of a permit to carry, fill out the Permit to Carry application and mark the renewal box located at the top of the application. 
  • Include a COLOR copy of your driver’s license or non-driver identification card with current address. If you do not have this, we require a photo ID (such as a passport) and a current utility bill that includes your name and current address.
  • Include a training certificate, if applicable. (Only required for a Permit to Carry application and the training must be within the last two years.) We accept prior military training, provided you were given an Honorable Discharge. If you are currently in the military, we require proof of Basic Training and Small Firearms Training. 
  • Include a personal check for the fees (see fees list below). Make checks payable to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Place items in a sealed envelope and leave the envelope in our Drug Drop Box, which is located in the parking lot on the west side of the Sheriff’s Office.(Preferred method of submitting applications) 
  • OR place items in a sealed envelope and mail to: Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Weapons Permit, 310 2nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
  • OR submit all of the required information electronically to When electronically submitting the application, the application must be scanned. Cellular phone photos of the application are often difficult to read therefore we will be unable to process your application. Once the weapons permit is processed and approved, a staff member will contact you for payment. Be sure to include a current phone number in your email message, so we are able contact you.

When applying for a permit with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, you must be in line prior to 4:30 pm as it will take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to complete the application process. If you arrive after 4:30 pm you will be asked to return the next business day. The process for the permit to carry can take up to 30 days before the permit is mailed to you. The information will be reviewed and a background check is conducted before the permit is issued. The Sheriff’s Office process for the purchase permit can take up to 5 days.

Iowa Code Requirements

Applicants must show proof that they have met the requirements set forth in Iowa Code Chapter 724 before receiving a permit.

Applying for a Permit to Acquire

The application process must be done in person, they will not be accepted by fax, mail or email. To apply for a Permit to Acquire (PDF) a weapon applicants must be 21 years of age and show a valid ID, on which the address must be current and in Linn County. If address is not current on ID, you will need to bring with you a recent utility bill in your name.  Training is not required for a Permit to Acquire.  A Permit to Acquire costs $25.

Applying for a Permit to Carry

The application process must be done in persons, they will not be accepted by fax, mail or email. To apply for a Permit to Carry (PDF) a weapon (professional or nonprofessional) applicants must be 21 years of age and show a valid ID, on which the address must be current and in Linn County. If address is not current on ID, you will need to bring with you a recent utility bill in your name. If you have not had a Permit to Carry since 1/1/2011, you will be required to provide proof of completion of  National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun safety training or proof of an Honorable Discharge from activity duty, which must have been completed within the last two years to your application date. See Iowa Code Section 724.9 for training requirements. A new Permit to Carry costs $50.

If you apply for a Permit to Carry, you do not need to apply for a Permit to Acquire, the Permit to Carry covers this.

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.

Renewal Applications for Permit to Carry

A person wishing to renew a Permit to Carry Weapons must apply within 30 days before the permit expires, or within 30 days after the permit expires, otherwise the higher NEW permit fee must be charged. A renewal of a Permit to Carry costs $25.

** Please note that while a permit can be renewed within 30 days after it expires, a person whose permit has expired should not go armed in a fashion that requires a permit until a person has renewed their permit. 

Training for Renewals

A person who holds (or held) a permit issued on or after 1/1/2011 is not required to complete another training course to renew or obtain a new permit to carry weapons, however, please note that even though re‐training is not required, completing another training course or taking other steps to learn about law changes could be highly beneficial to a person who intends to go armed.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office does not endorse any firearms training class or instructor, but we do believe that good quality training is vitally important to your safety and the safety of the general public. You may take the handgun safety training class from any certified instructor, as defined in Iowa Code Section 724.9.

Duplicate Permit

A person who requires a duplicate permit for either the Permit to Acquire or Permit to Carry must complete the appropriate application and mark the duplicate box located at the top of the application. A duplicate of your permit costs $25.


New Permit to Carry
Renewal of Permit to Carry
Permit to Acquire
Duplicate Permit


Uniform Permit Cards

The weapons permit cards are now uniform appearance, size, and content across the State of Iowa. These cards can no longer be used for identification purposes.

Forms/Helpful Links

  • 2017 Law Changes FAQ: (PDF) Contains answers to frequently asked questions on the new weapons law. This form is provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
  • Weapons Iowa Code Section Chapter 724
  • ATF - (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) to answer your questions pertaining to Short Barreled Shotguns, Suppressors or Sale/Purchase of Firearms
  • HF517 and HF516 Changes Effective 7/1/17