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Idaho Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Idaho permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
115k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
39
RECIPROCATING STATES
1.8M
STATE POPULATION
21
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
6
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
6.39%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
35
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Summary of Idaho Gun Laws

Idaho is a shall-issue state for concealed carry. Concealed weapon licenses are issued at the local level by county sheriffs.

No permit is needed to purchase a firearm from a private individual, no background check is required, there is no waiting period, and there is no firearms registration in the state. Background checks are required if purchasing a handgun from a FFL dealer. However, an Idaho Concealed Weapons License (CWL) exempts the holder from the federal requirement of a background check prior to purchase of a firearm.

Open carry is legal in Idaho for anyone at least 18 years old who can legally possess a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including elementary schools and courthouses. 

Idaho gun laws allow any state resident who is at least 18 years old and not otherwise disqualified from being issued a license to concealed carry a firearm without a permit. The age limit for constitutional carry within city limits was reduced to 18 years old as of July 1, 2019. Non-residents need to be in possession of a concealed carry permit from another state to concealed carry inside city limits.

A person may also carry concealed weapons without a license in the person’s place of abode or fixed place of business, on property in which the person has any ownership or leasehold interest, or on private property where the person has permission to carry from any person with an ownership or leasehold interest in that property. An Enhanced CWL is available for those who wish to travel out of state. A CWL covers concealed weapons including any dirk, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger, pistol, revolver or any other deadly or dangerous weapon. In terms of reciprocity, some states will only accept the enhanced version of Idaho’s permit. Idaho issues CWLs to residents and non-residents.  

Idaho CWL applications are processed on a local level by the county sheriff’s office. Concealed carry permits require a firearms training course that has been state-approved or experience with a firearm through participation in an organized shooting competition or military service. 

Idaho is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law. A person may defend himself or herself against intruders who enter the defender’s home, place of business or vehicle unlawfully or by force, without the defender having to demonstrate that he or she reasonably feared that the intruder was about to cause death or great bodily harm. The unlawful or forceful entry is enough to establish a legal presumption that the defender’s fear of serious injury was reasonable — and, therefore, that the defense against the criminal was reasonable as well. A law-abiding citizen may stand his or her ground and protect himself or herself or his or her family anywhere he or she has a legal right to be. In addition, a person is released from liability when protecting himself or herself or his or her family by reasonable means necessary, or when coming to the aid of another whom he or she reasonably believes to be in imminent danger of or the victim of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, murder or other heinous crime.

 
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Idaho Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Idaho allow constitutional carry?

Yes, only for residents of Idaho or any current members of the Armed Forces 18 years or older.

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302]

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Idaho?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. 

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302(4)]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Idaho requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall-issue. Idaho officials shall issue concealed carry permits provided that the applicant meets all qualifications.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Idaho to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age to carry concealed weapons in Idaho is 21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Idaho with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

Yes.
(a)  "Concealed weapon" means any deadly weapon carried on or about the person in a manner not discernible by ordinary observation;
(b)  "Deadly weapon" means:
    (i)   Any dirk, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger or firearm;
    (ii)  Any other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance that is designed and manufactured to be readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury; or
    (iii) Any other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance that is intended by the person to be readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302(7)]

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Idaho?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Idaho?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in Idaho.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Idaho issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Non-residents can only apply at the Canyon County or Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Idaho allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No. Idaho's concealed carry registry is not publicly accessible.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Idaho?

Yes, without a permit anywhere in the state for residents of Idaho age 18 or older who can legally possess a firearm and any current members of the Armed Forces. In addition, non-residents age 18 or older who can legally possess a firearm can carry outside city limits without a permit. Non-residents must have a permit in order to carry inside city limits.

[Idaho Code Ann. §§18-3302(3) & (4)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Idaho?

Yes. Permit holders can carry concealed firearms at a roadside rest area in Idaho.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Idaho?

Yes. Permit holders can  carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Idaho

[Idaho Adm. Rule 26.01.20-600]

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Idaho?

Yes, with a valid permit, unless posted and provided you are not under the influence.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Idaho have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Employers may post their parking lots to prevent employees from storing guns in their vehicles.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Idaho?

No. There is no requirement to inform law enforcement that you are carrying a firearm in Idaho.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Idaho have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There are no restrictions on magazine capacity in Idaho.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Idaho have ammunition restrictions?

No. There are no special restrictions on the types of ammunition you may use in your concealed carry handgun in Idaho.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Idaho? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No. "No Weapons Allowed" signs are not enforced in Idaho.

Preemption?

Does Idaho have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, and, except a county may adopt ordinances to regulate, restrict or prohibit the discharge of firearms within its boundaries, under most circumstances.

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302J]

Red Flag Law?

Does Idaho have a red flag law?

No. Idaho does not have an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law.

Brandishing?

Does Idaho state law define brandishing?

No. However, any person who shall intentionally, without malice, point or aim any firearm at or toward any other person shall be charged with a crime.

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3304]

Every person who, not in necessary self-defense, in the presence of two or more persons, draws or exhibits any deadly weapon in a rude, angry and threatening manner, or who, in any manner, unlawfully uses the same, in any fight or quarrel, has committed a crime.

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3303]

Carry while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Does Idaho have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Yes, but not while intoxicated or under the influence.

[Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302B]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Idaho?

No. No permit is required to purchase a handgun in Idaho.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Idaho?

No. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Idaho?

No. There is no waiting period to purchase a handgun in Idaho.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Idaho?

No. Idaho does not require handguns to be registered.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Idaho?

18 years old.

 It is unlawful for any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to
possess or have in possession any weapon, as defined in section 18-3302A, Idaho Code, unless he or she:

  1. Has the written permission of his or her parent or guardian to possess the weapon; or
  2. Is accompanied by his or her parent or guardian while he or she has the weapon in his possession.

[Idaho Code Ann.§ 18-3302A]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Idaho?

Yes, for residents.

[Idaho Statute § 36-401(g)]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Idaho?

Yes, it is legal to carry a handgun while archery hunting. But it's illegal to use any firearm to take an animal or finish off a wounded animal in an archery-only season.

[ID Fish & Game FAQ]

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Idaho?

Yes. No person shall:

  • Intentionally interfere with the lawful taking or control of
    wildlife by another;
  • Intentionally harass, bait, drive or disturb any animal for the
    purpose of disrupting lawful pursuit or taking thereof;
  • Damage or destroy in any way any lawful hunting blind with the intent to interfere with its usage for hunting; or
  • Harass, intimidate or threaten by any means including, but not limited to, personal or written contact, or via telephone, e-mail or website, any person who is or was engaged in the lawful taking or control of
    fish or wildlife.

[Idaho Statute § 36-1510]

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State Constitutional Provision
The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person, nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of legislation punishing the use of a firearm. No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony."
ARTICLE 1, § 11

Idaho Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Idaho honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
Delaware (at least 21 years old)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (at least 21 years old)

Idaho gun laws allow any person who is at least 18 years old to carry a concealed firearm outside of cities without a permit. 

Idaho recognizes all other states’ validly issued and current concealed weapons licenses/permits. Out-of-state residents must have their state concealed weapons license/permit on their person when carrying a concealed weapon in the state of Idaho.


Other States' Reciprocity With Idaho

Which states honor permits from Idaho?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

Residents of Idaho can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit/license. Oklahoma recognizes Permitless Carry States statutes allowing residents to carry without a permit in their state of residence. To carry in Oklahoma, you must carry your state-issued ID.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Idaho

Colorado (resident permits only)
Delaware (Enhanced permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Louisiana (Enhanced permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Minnesota (Enhanced permits only)
Nevada (Enhanced permits only)
New Mexico (Enhanced permits only)
Pennsylvania (enhanced resident permits only )
South Carolina (Enhanced permits only and resident permits only)
Virginia (Enhanced permits only)
Washington (Enhanced permits only)
Wisconsin (Enhanced permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Idaho Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident;
  • Not be a person who having been a citizen of the United States has renounced his or her citizenship;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the firearm through a course; 
  • Have resided in Idaho for at least 6 months;
  • Not have been formally charged or adjudicated guilty in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • Not have received a withheld judgment or suspended sentence for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, unless the person has successfully completed probation;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Not be an unlawful user of marijuana or any depressant, stimulant or narcotic drug, or any controlled substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. section 802;
  • Not be currently suffering from or have been adjudicated as having suffered from any of the following conditions, based on substantial evidence:
    • Lacking mental capacity as defined in section 18-210, Idaho Code;
    • Mentally ill as defined in section 66-317, Idaho Code;
    • Gravely disabled as defined in section 66-317, Idaho Code; or
    • An incapacitated person as defined in section 15-5-101, Idaho Code.
  • Not have been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • Not have received a period of probation after having been adjudicated guilty of, or received a withheld judgment for, a misdemeanor offense that has as an element the intentional use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, unless the person has successfully completed probation;
  • Not be the subject of a withheld judgment for a crime prohibiting a carry license; or released pending trial, appeal or sentencing for a crime prohibiting a carry license;
  • Not be subject to a protection order issued under chapter 63, title 39, Idaho Code; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

$20 for initial license (The sheriff’s office may charge a separate fee for processing and fingerprinting.)

$15 for renewals (The sheriff’s office may charge a separate fee for processing and background checks.)

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

90 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

The requirements are similar to those for residents. Contact the sheriff’s office in the county where you intend to apply. Non-residents with permits issued by their home state may apply for enhanced CWLs.

Name/Address Changes:

Contact the sheriff’s office in your county.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Contact the sheriff’s office in your county.

Enhanced Application:

The enhanced CWL requires additional training than the standard Idaho CWL. It is intended to allow permitholders to carry in more states than the standard CWL.

Additional Requirements for an enhanced CWL:

  • An 8-hour course attended in-person and not through electronic or other means, that includes instruction in:
    • Idaho law relating to firearms and the use of deadly force, provided by a state-approved trainer;
    • The basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns;
    • Self-defense principles; and
    • Live-fire training, including the firing of at least 98 rounds by the student.

Idaho Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Idaho Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a training course, if needed (required for enhanced CWL).

Step 2:

Download the application form or pick up from your local sheriff's office.

Step 3:

Take the following documents to your local sheriff's office:

  • Completed application;
  • Proof of training; and
  • Photo ID.

You will be fingerprinted.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Idaho

A county sheriff may require that you demonstrate familiarity with a firearm, which may be through classes or other means. A sheriff must accept one of the following as evidence of familiarity with a firearm:

  • Completion of a hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game or a similar agency of another state;
  • Completion of a National Rifle Association (NRA) firearms safety, training or hunter education course;
  • Completion of a firearms safety or training course offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, university, private or public school or firearms training school, using instructors certified by the NRA or Idaho State Police;
  • Completion of a law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class for security guards, investigators, special deputies, law enforcement agencies or security enforcement agencies;
  • Evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
  • A current Idaho license to carry a concealed weapon;
  • Completion of a firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or NRA-certified firearms instructor; or
  • Other training the sheriff deems appropriate.

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

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Idaho Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Idaho Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Concealed carry Weapons License’s can be renewed within 90 days before and 90 days after the Expiry date. A new license application must be made if the license has expired for more than 90 days.

Step 2:

Download the application form or pick up from your local sheriff's office.

Step 3:

Take the following documents to your local sheriff's office:

  • Completed application; and
  • Photo ID.
Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

In Idaho, per Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302(5)(h), the local county sheriffs are responsible for LEOSA matters. There is no state-mandated qualification course, so retired officers shoot their department qualification course or the qualification course in use by the local county sheriff’s office where they qualify.

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Idaho Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Idaho?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless posted, and provided you are not under the influence. 
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes, with a permit (within city limits). Without a permit, any firearm must be located in plain view or disassembled or unloaded and secured in a case.  
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Idaho?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license


FAQ: Idaho Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Idaho?

In Idaho, anyone 18 years or older can open carry any knife. You cannot conceal carry a bowie, dirk or dangerous weapon with a blade longer than 4 inches unless you have a weapons permit. Knives can be a deadly weapon, but Idaho law does not state what types of knives are deadly weapons. The places listed as off-limits for CWL should also be assumed to apply to knives.


Idaho Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-10-31

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-14

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-09-06

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-25

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-29

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-17

Links checked

2019-04-04

The new age limit for Constitutional Carry within city limits was added to the Gen'l section and the At A Glance table.

2019-03-27

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church carry info to location restrictions section

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-10

Mag limit info added to At A Glance table

2018-12-12

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-27

Added info re: under the influence/clarified school carry/car carry/self defense laws

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Idaho

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