The Attorney General’s Office receives a number of inquiries concerning Idaho law on concealed weapons licenses. Therefore, we have developed a list of the most frequently asked questions and provided answers for your convenience.
Yes, you may carry a weapon on your person in Idaho as long as the weapon is clearly visible. You may not carry a concealed weapon unless you have a concealed weapons license.
You apply to a county sheriff for a license.
You may demonstrate familiarity with the firearm. Usually, one of the following courses is required:
A county sheriff may grant you a license without completing one of the courses if:
No, you do not have to take a test. However, you must meet the requirements described in the answer above.
You may not be eligible to obtain a concealed weapons license if you have been convicted of certain crimes. Please see Idaho Code Sections 18-3302(a) through 18-3302(n), which list crimes and other conditions that disqualify a person from being issued a concealed weapons license.
If you have been convicted of any of the crimes listed in Idaho Code Sections 18-310(2)(a) through 18-310(2)(jj), you are not eligible to obtain a concealed weapons license.
The fee for the original license is $20.00*. The renewal fee is $15.00*.
* Idaho Code provides that the sheriff may collect any additional fees necessary to cover the cost of processing fingerprints lawfully required by any state or federal agency or department, and the cost of materials for the license lawfully required by any state agency or department, which costs shall be paid to the state.
licenses are valid for five years from the date of issue.
Yes. The sheriff of the county where the license was issued or the sheriff of the county where the person resides may revoke a license for any of the following reasons:
Yes. You may not carry a concealed weapon in a courthouse, juvenile detention facility, adult correctional facility, prison, jail, public school or private school.
Federal law may prohibit you from carrying a weapon in places such as federal courthouses and airports.
If you have any doubt, you should contact the government entity prior to carrying a weapon onto its premises.
Yes. However, while in Idaho, you must carry the license on your person at all times when you are carrying a concealed weapon. (Idaho Code Section 18-3302(12)(g))
Yes, if you are a qualified law enforcement officer and meet all of the conditions in Idaho Code Section 18-3302H.
Yes. Idaho has signed reciprocity agreements with Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
Also, Idaho recognizes valid concealed weapons licenses from all states. Idaho does not require specific reciprocity agreements with the other states. See above.
Some states, such as those listed above, do require reciprocity agreements. Those states have specifically negotiated reciprocity agreements with Idaho.
If you are in doubt about a particular state’s reciprocity requirement, it is best to check with that state to determine its concealed weapons policy.
You may carry a firearm in your vehicle inside the city limits or confines of a city, as long as it is in plain view, loaded or unloaded. But if you are going to conceal it, the firearm must be disassembled or unloaded.
If you are outside the city limits or confines of a city, and, if you are hunting, fishing, trapping or some other lawful outdoor activity, you are not required to have a concealed weapons license.
No. A concealed weapon includes any dirk, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger, pistol, revolver or any other deadly or dangerous weapon.
Yes, unless the private business, which is open to the public forbids carrying weapons on the business premises. Private businesses are within their rights to prohibit weapons on their property.
(Last revised on 3/18/2013)