General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used.  This online application is for residents of Polk County, Iowa only. 

Please note the following information:

  • Permits to Acquire are submitted to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. 
  • The application fees are listed in the requirements section below.
  • All communication regarding the status of your application, including the approval of your application, will be sent via the email address provided on the application.
  • The Permit to Acquire is valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • Permit to Acquire applications may be completed online 24 / 7 and will be processed during normal business hours.
  • A computer kiosk is available should you wish to apply in person at Patrol Headquarters, 6023 NE 14th Street, Des Moines (Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM).
  • Click the "Let's get Started" button to apply for a permit.


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Let's Get Started

Handgun Purchase Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Applicant Must:

  • be a citizen, a naturalized citizen or a resident alien;
  • be a resident of Polk County;
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • at the time of pickup, provide a valid driver's license or other picture ID with current address provided by the State of Iowa.

All orders require a valid email address to communicate the status of your order.  You will be notified via email whether your application has been approved or denied.  If approved, you will be required to come in person at Patrol Headquarters, 6023 NE 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa and show your valid form of identification.  The address on your application must match the address on your identification.

A permit to acquire weapons requires a fee of $11 and a valid driver's license or non-operator I.D. that contains your photograph and current address issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation. A permit to acquire is valid for one year from the date of issue.  If the permit is denied, $5.00 will be reimbursed to the applicant. The Sheriff's Office will retain the remainder for processing and handling of the application.

For More Information, Contact:

Polk County Sheriff's Office
6023 NE 14th Street
Des Moines, IA

Phone: 515-286-3306

Return to the Polk County Sheriff's Website (CLICK HERE)

Complete information regarding the new law effective January 1, 2011 including training requirements.  Go to State Information on Obtaining and Carrying Permits (CLICK HERE)


For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Phone: (855) 642-2453

Storage of firearms and ammunition presents a unique responsibility. Children may see weapons as toys, and thieves view them as a tool for crime or an item that can be sold for quick profit. Keep all firearms locked away in a secure place.