Iowa Concealed Carry Course

Looking to get your Iowa concealed carry permit? You could be applying 90 minutes from now by completing our popular online safety class, Introduction to Pistol Safety. The class meets all the training requirements to apply for the Iowa Nonprofessional Permit, the Iowa Professional Permit, and the Iowa Permit to Acquire Pistols or Revolvers. It will also qualify you to renew your Iowa concealed handgun license. You can take the web-based class on your own schedule, using any computer, phone, or tablet. When you are finished just pay $49.99 and print out your training certificate to present to your county sheriff. Ready to get started? Click on the green button to the right and finish your training 90 minutes from now!

3 Steps to Your Iowa Permit

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1. Take Introduction to Pistol Safety and print out your completion certificate.

2. Print out the Permit to Carry or the Permit to Acquire application.

3. Submit the documents and payment to your sheriff's department.

About Our Course

handling the concealed carry handgun

Introduction to Pistol Safety is an online gun safety class that teaches the fundamentals of handling, transporting, storing, and firing handguns. The course is taught by a professional instructor and produced in a professional film studio. Whether you are new to firearms, or just seeking a refresher to obtain your concealed carry permit, you will find the material lively, informative, and entertaining. Go ahead and try it out–the class is offered for free to everyone. If you want to print out your completion certificate for your permit application, you pay only $49.99 and print it out right away. Introduction to Pistol Safety meets all training requirements for the following Iowa permits:

  • Iowa Nonprofessional Permit (WP2) to Carry Weapons
  • Iowa Professional Permit (WP1) to Carry Weapons
  • Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons Renewal
  • Iowa Permit to Acquire Pistols / Revolvers

How the Class Works

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Our Iowa concealed carry class is completely online, with nothing to download or install. You can take the class whenever you like, without the inconvenience of having to give up your Saturday or rearrange your schedule. Stop and start the class as needed, and when you come back we will even remember where you left off. Since Introduction to Pistol Safety is web-based, you can compete your training from your computer, phone, tablet, or any combination of devices. Our Iowa CCW class is organized into six sections, each of which includes a brief multiple choice quiz. Following these sections is a short multiple choice test at the end of the course. You may review the material and retake the quizzes and test as often as needed to learn the material.

Class to Application in 90 Minutes

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Here at American Firearms Training it’s our goal to see you succeed in your pursuit of personal safety, protecting your family, or simply exercising your 2nd Amendment rights. Whether in recreational shooting, or when using a concealed weapon permit, we want you to have the knowledge and skills to feel safe. Go ahead and give our free course a try. Signup only takes a minute, and in just an hour and a half you could be applying for your Iowa Concealed Carry Weapons Permit. Good luck and shoot safe!

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Iowa Concealed Carry Laws

From I.S. § 724:

724.8 Persons eligible for permit to carry weapons

No professional or nonprofessional permit to carry weapons shall be issued to a person who is subject to any of the following:

1. Is less than eighteen years of age for a professional permit or less than twenty-one years of age for a nonprofessional permit.

2. Is addicted to the use of alcohol.

3. Probable cause exists to believe, based upon documented specific actions of the person, where at least one of the actions occurred within two years immediately preceding the date of the permit application, that the person is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or in such other manner as would endanger the person's self or others.

4. Is subject to the provisions of section 724.26

5. Has, within the previous three years, been convicted of any serious or aggravated misdemeanor defined in chapter 708, not involving the use of a firearm or explosive.

6. Is prohibited by federal law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.

724.9 Firearm training program

1. An applicant shall demonstrate knowledge of firearm safety by any of the following means:

a. Completion of any national rifle association handgun safety training course.

b. 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 the department of public safety or another state's department of public safety, state police department, or similar certifying body.

c. 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 department of public safety.

d. 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 qualification.

e. 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.

2. Evidence of qualification under this section may be documented by any of the following:

a. A photocopy of a certificate of completion or any similar document indicating completion of any course or class identified in subsection 1.

b. An affidavit from the instructor, school, organization, or group that conducted or taught a course or class identified in subsection 1 attesting to the completion of the course or class by the applicant.

c. A copy of any document indicating participation in any firearms shooting competition.

3. An issuing officer shall not condition the issuance of a permit on training requirements that are not specified in or that exceed the requirements of this section.


Iowa Sheriff's Departments

If you have any questions, or need directions to your sheriff's office, click on your county below.

Adams Allamakee Appanoose Audobon
Benton Black Hawk Boone Bremer
Buchanan Buena Vista Butler Calhoun
Carroll Cass Cedar Cerro Gordo
Cherokee Chickasaw Clarke Clay
Clayton Clinton Crawford Dallas
Davis Decatur Delaware Des Moines
Dickinson Dubuque Emmet Fayette
Floyd Franklin Fremont Greene
Grundy Guthrie Hamilton Hancock
Hardin Harrison Henry Howard
Humboldt Ida Iowa Jackson
Jasper Jefferson Johnson Jones
Keokuk Kossuth Lee Linn
Louisa Lucas Lyon Madison
Mahaska Marion Marshall Mills
Mitchell Monoma Monroe Montgomery
Muscatine O'Brien Osceola Page
Palo Alto Plymouth Pocahantas Polk
Pottawattamie Powesheik Ringgold Sac
Scott Shelby Sioux Story
Tama Taylor Union Van Buren
Wapello Warren Washington Wayne
Webster Winnebago Winneshiek Woodbury
Worth Wright    

If you have questions about our course, feel free to email us at  Make sure you include your name, the state whose permit you are pursuing, and if you need a call back, a phone number.  We're happy to help.