Iowa Permit to Acquire
In order to buy a handgun in Iowa, you need to have a state-issued permit to purchase. These permits must be applied for every year, and this is done through your local sheriff's department. In order to obtain this permit, you must furnish a state-issued ID, proof of firearms proficiency, fill out the application, and pay a small fee (this varies, Polk County charges $11). The proof of firearms proficiency can be satisfied through taking and purchasing the completion certificate for our course, Introduction to Pistol Safety. Many jurisdictions have moved this process online, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact your sheriff's department.
1. Complete the online course, Introduction to Pistol Safety by clicking on the green button to the top right.
2. Pay for, and print out your course completion certificate.
3. Print out and complete the Iowa Handgun Permit Application.
4. Take the completion certificate and completed application down to the Sheriff's Office for the city or county you live in and submit them.