Concealed Weapons License Q&A

  • Where do I take my completed concealed weapons license (CWL) application?

    • Your local sheriffs office. Only sheriffs can process CWL's in Idaho.

  • I lost my CWL. How do I replace it?

    • Contact the sheriff’s office where you originally applied and who issued your original license to replace your concealed weapons license.

 

  • How do I find out who instructs enhance CWL classes in my area?

    • Numerous instructors teach enhanced classes around the state. The best way to determine who teaches in your area is to contact your local sheriff’s office concealed weapons license unit. Most units work in the same area as driver’s license services.

 

  • Can I apply for my concealed weapons license online or mail in the application?

    • Idaho doesn’t have an online or mail in process for applying for a concealed weapons license. If you are renewing a CWL you may be able to do so by mail. Contact your local sheriff’s office to determine if they accept renewals by mail.

 

  • I’m not an Idaho resident, but can I get an Idaho concealed weapons license?

    • Yes. Idaho doesn’t distinguish between resident and non-resident licenses. They are the same.

 

  • I’m going to be visiting Idaho in the near future. Can I carry a firearm?

    • If you would normally qualify for an Idaho CWL and are a U.S. citizen you can carry a firearm openly or concealed without a license. Qualifications generally include being 18 or older, no felony convictions and not under any charges for violence. If in doubt, don’t carry.

 

  • When can I renew my concealed weapons license?

    • A person can renew up to 90 days before their CWL expires or within 90 days after expiration. Renewal can also be done up to 180 days following expiration, but a penalty fee is then attached for renewal. After 180 days a new application must be submitted including fingerprints.

 

  • I’m an NRA certified pistol instructor. Do I need to take the 8 hour course to get an enhanced concealed weapons license?

    • Yes. The 8 hour course is specific to Idaho law as part of the course dealing with the use of deadly force must be taught by an Idaho licensed attorney or a certified Idaho peace officer.

 

  • What states recognize Idaho’s concealed weapons license?

    • Most states recognize Idaho’s CWL. A list of states is available on the Idaho State Police website.

 

  • Can I just drop into a sheriff’s office with my concealed weapons license application or should I call first?

    • You should call first. Some sheriff’s offices take applications by appointment only.

 

  • I’m a Canadian citizen and visit Idaho from time to time. Can I get a concealed weapons license?

    • No. A foreign citizen visiting in the U.S. is not eligible to possess a firearm unless they have specific authority as a licensed hunter. A foreign citizen with a resident visa can possess a firearm and is eligible for a CWL.

 

  • Who do I need to contact to renew my concealed weapons license?

    • Only sheriffs’ offices issue CWL’s so it’s best to contact your local sheriff’s office although you can apply at any one of Idaho’s 44 sheriffs’ offices.

 

  • I moved and want to change my address on my concealed weapons license. How do I do that?

    • Contact your local sheriff’s office, preferably the one who issued your CWL.

 

  • I’m living out of state now. How do I renew my concealed weapons license?

    • Depending on whether the sheriff’s office accepts renewals by mail, you can submit your renewal by mail; however once approved you must return in person to the sheriff’s office for your photograph and signature.

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