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 Carry 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 Carry is valid for five years from the date of issue.
  • Permit to Carry applications may be completed online 24 / 7 and will be processed on normal business days.
  • 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).
  • Read the requirements below and click either the New, Renew or Duplicate Permit to Carry Icon

 

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Permit to Carry Information



Permit to Carry 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  to show your valid form of identification and training documentation from a class with a NRA instructor or a DD214 that states honorable discharge.  As required by the State of Iowa, you must provide training documentation to receive a Permit to Carry.   The address on your application must match the address on your identification.

new permit to carry requires a fee of $55 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 $30 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, $10.00 will be reimbursed to the applicant.  The Sheriff's Office will retain the remainder for processing and handling of the application.

A 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.


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 traing requirements.  Go to State Information on Obtaining and Carrying Permits (CLICK HERE)