Welcome! This is an official application for a Permit to Carry. This online application is for residents of Polk County, Iowa only.  You must completely and accurately fill-out this application to be considered for a permit to carry. Any falsification of the information within this application will result in the refusal of this application for a permit.

A new permit to carry requires a fee of $50 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. The permits are valid for five years from the date of issue.  If the permit is denied, $35.00 will be reimbursed to the applicant. The Sheriff's Office will retain the remainder for processing and handling of the application.

Renewing your current permit to carry requires a fee of $25 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. The permits are valid for five years from date of issue.  If the renewal is denied, $15.00 will be reimbursed to the applicant.  The Sheriff's Office will retain the remainder for processing and handling of the application.

duplicate permit to carry requires a fee of $25 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.

Please read the following before proceeding:

Applicant Information:


Current Permit Information: enter your existing permit # and the issuing county


Information Related To Your Birth:



Demographic Information:


Telephone Number: (###-###-####)


Driver's License / Non-Operator ID: (or other State Issued ID)


Email:


Please Create A Password: (you can use this to track progress, and we may need to contact you during the process)


Password Information: In order to comply with CJIS standards we have employed the use of a password complexity monitor. As you enter your password, we will display an indicator of complexity. You will only be able to submit passwords thats are sufficiently complex as to be considered 'safe' by CJIS standards. The visual indicator will turn Blue or Green to indicate that your password is safe.

Important: CJIS requires we maintain a strict password policy and system of checks. As such, we check the following items as you enter your new password:
  • The password must be a minimum length of eight (8) characters on all systems
  • The password must not be a dictionary word
  • The password must not be the same as your email address
  • The password must not be a proper name

Current Residence Address: (this may be different than your mailing address)


Work Information And Address: (enter your place of employment)


Employer Authorization: (required for Professional Permit only)



Attach Documentation:  please upload the required documentation

If you need to upload documentation, please use the button below to begin the process. The maximum size of individual files is 5 MB.

Required Files:
  • Driver's License
  • Proof of Residency

Uploaded Files:

  Click here if you are unable to upload the required documentation and will deliver them, in-person, to the Sheriff's Office address below:

Polk County Sheriff's Office
  6023 NE 14th Street
  Des Moines, Iowa
  Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM, Monday through Friday
Important Permit will not be issued if this information is not received within 30 days.
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Total Fee:

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I do hereby authorize a review and full disclosure of all records concerning myself, as required by Iowa Code Ch. 724 and Iowa Administrative Code 661—Ch 91, to any duly authorized agent of an Iowa sheriff or the Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, whether the said records are of a public, private or confidential nature.

I understand that any information obtained which is developed directly or indirectly, in whole or part, upon this release authorization will be considered in determining my qualification for obtaining a permit to carry weapons in the state of Iowa. I also certify that any person(s) who may furnish such information concerning me shall not be held accountable for providing accurate information, and I do hereby release said person(s) from any and all liability which may be incurred as a result of furnishing such information.

I understand that information provided on this form is generally confidential and may be released as provided by law. I certify that all information, including supporting documentation, provided in this application is true and correct, and I understand that I may be convicted of a class “D” felony pursuant to Iowa Code section 724.10(3) if I make what I know to be a false statement of material fact on this application or if I submit what I know to be any materially falsified or forged documentation in connection with this application.

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Application Qualification Questions:

Do you have charges pending for a felony?

Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

Have you ever been adjudicated delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult?

Have you ever been convicted of an offense involving a firearm or explosive that is classified as a misdemeanor AND is punishable by more than one year of imprisonment (such as an Iowa aggravated misdemeanor)?

Have you been convicted within the previous three years of an aggravated misdemeanor OR serious misdemeanor offense under Iowa Code Ch. 708, including but not limited to assault, intimidation, harassment, hazing, or stalking?

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?

Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your intimate partner, your child, or the child of your intimate partner?

Are you currently on probation for any offense? IF YES list the offense for which you are serving probation:

Are you a fugitive from justice?

Have you been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces?

Have you ever renounced your United States citizenship?

Have you unlawfully used any controlled substance in the previous 12 months?

Are you currently addicted to the use of alcohol?

Has a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority ever found you to be a danger to yourself or others?

Has a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority ever ordered you to receive treatment for mental health reasons, or for other reasons, such as drug abuse?

Has a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority ever found you to be incompetent to conduct your affairs?

Have you ever been found incompetent to stand trial for any offense?

Have you ever been found not guilty by reason of insanity for any offense?

Are you applying for a Professional Permit (WP1), Peace Officer (WP7), Reserve Officer (WP10), or Correctional Officer Permit?  If YES, please enter the Employment Justification (e.g. peace officer, armed security, etc.)

Are you applying for a Professional Permit (WP1), Peace Officer (WP7), Reserve Officer (WP10), or Correctional Officer Permit?  If YES, please enter the Name of the Representative of your Employer.


I do hereby authorize a review and full disclosure of all records concerning myself, as required by Iowa Code Ch. 724 and Iowa Administrative Code 661—Ch 91, to any duly authorized agent of an Iowa sheriff or the Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, whether the said records are of a public, private or confidential nature.

I understand that any information obtained which is developed directly or indirectly, in whole or part, upon this release authorization will be considered in determining my qualification for obtaining a permit to carry weapons in the state of Iowa. I also certify that any person(s) who may furnish such information concerning me shall not be held accountable for providing accurate information, and I do hereby release said person(s) from any and all liability which may be incurred as a result of furnishing such information.

I understand that information provided on this form is generally confidential and may be released as provided by law. I certify that all information, including supporting documentation, provided in this application is true and correct, and I understand that I may be convicted of a class “D” felony pursuant to Iowa Code section 724.10(3) if I make what I know to be a false statement of material fact on this application or if I submit what I know to be any materially falsified or forged documentation in connection with this application.

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