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Iowa Code Section 724 lists requirements to obtain a permit to carry weapons. Those requirements are as follows: 1) Completion of any handgun safety training 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 NRA or certain other firearms training certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). Certificate of completion MUST indicate that training was complete for handgun or pistol. This training must be at least 24 months prior to application if the applicant has not held a valid Iowa permit to carry issued after July 1, 2011. 2) Completion of small arms training while serving with the armed forces of the United States of America as evidenced by any of the following: A. For personnel released or retired from active duty, possession of an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions. This can also be shown with a Form DD-214. B. For personnel on active duty or serving in one of the National Guard or Reserve components of the armed forces of the United States of America, possession of a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and qualification. 3) 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. Permits to Carry may be picked up Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. except on holidays. ***Applications are available on the Sheriff's Office Home Page. Sign and date application and drop off or mail to the Washington County Sheriff's Office at PO Box 6, Washington IA 52353. (ACTUAL SIGNATURE REQUIRED)
Costs for the permit to carry are as follows, as set by Iowa Code section 724: 1) New permits are $50.00 2) Renewal Permits are $25.00 3) Corrections Officers permits are available at no cost (with proof of employment). 4) Duplicate permits are $25.00 and will keep the same issue and expiration dates. 5) Plastic permit to carry cards are now available for an additional $10.00. Forms of payment accepted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office are cash, personal check, or money order; we do not accept debit or credit cards.
Renewal requirements as spelled out in Iowa Code Section 724 are as follows: Application must be made no more than 30 days prior to and no more than 30 days after date of expiration of valid permit to carry issued in Washington County, Iowa. (Note: The Sheriff cannot renew a permit not issued in Washington County, Iowa. A new application must be made, showing appropriate training, DD214.)
The Sheriff's Office has an application that must be completed and signed. The applicant must have photo identification when the application is returned for processing. The permit is available after a background check and a 3-day waiting period. There is a $25 fee and the permit is valid for 5 years after date of issue. Completed permits may be picked up at the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., except holidays.
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