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Utah Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/24/2019
Carry allowed with my Utah permit?
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Utah Gun Laws

Utah is a shall-issue state. Permits are issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. 

Open carry is legal in Utah if you have a concealed carry permit. The minimum age is 18 years old. Without a permit, you can only open carry a handgun if it is unloaded and at least two actions from being fired (e.g., rack the slide to chamber, then pull the trigger).

Concealed carry is legal with a license/permit. Utah Concealed Firearm Permits (CFP) are issued to residents and non-residents that meet the requirements. Some areas are off-limits, including courthouses and secured areas of airports. Concealed carry permits require a firearms familiarity course that has been certified by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). In terms of reciprocity, Utah will honor all other state or county permits.

Utah is a Castle Doctrine state and has a "stand your ground" law. The person using deadly force in defense of personal or real property is presumed for the purpose of both civil and criminal cases to have acted reasonably and had a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or serious bodily injury if the trespass or attempted trespass is unlawful and is made or attempted by use of force, or in a violent and tumultuous manner or for the purpose of committing a forcible felony. There is no duty to retreat if a person feels deadly force is justified to prevent a felony from being committed. The law applies in defense of real property or personal property at a person's residence or any place where a person has a legal right to be.

714k
Permits Issued
3.2M
State Population
22.57%
Permit Percentage
50
States Honored
36
Reciprocating States.
18
Minimum Age to CC

Utah Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Utah allow constitutional carry?

No.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Utah?

Yes, with a permit. Without a permit, unloaded only. [Utah Code § 76-10-505(1) and Utah Code § 76-10-523]

Gun Permit Licensure?

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

Shall Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

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

18 for a provisional permit

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

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

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Utah issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

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

No.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

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

Yes, without a permit if the vehicle is in the person’s lawful possession or the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person lawfully in possession of the vehicle. [Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-505(1)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

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

Yes.

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 Utah?

Yes.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, unless posted and provided you are not under the influence.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

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

Subject to limited exceptions, Utah law generally prevents individuals from enforcing restrictions on individuals’ ability to transport or store a firearm in a vehicle on any property designated for motor vehicle parking, if:

  • The individual is legally permitted to transport, possess, purchase, receive, transfer or store the firearm;
  • The firearm is locked securely in the motor vehicle or in a locked container attached to the motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is not occupied; and
  • The firearm is not in plain view from the outside of the motor vehicle. 

This rule does not apply, however, to school premises, government entities, religious organizations and certain residential units.

[Utah Code Ann. § 34-45-103]

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 Utah?

No.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Utah have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Utah have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

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

Yes/No. “No Weapons” signs under Utah gun laws have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off-limits. The law specifically mentions places of worship and private residences. If any of these places has posted a “No Weapons” sign, it is illegal to enter. This prohibition applies equally to concealed weapons permittees. However, a church or organization operating a house of worship may allow exceptions to the prohibition as the church or organization considers advisable. Owners may not restrict a renter or lessee from lawfully possessing a firearm in the residence.

Notice that firearms are prohibited may be given by:

  • Personal communication to the actor by the church or organization or a person with authority to act for the person or entity;
  • Posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of persons entering the house of worship or private residence;
  • Announcement, by a person with authority to act for the church or organization operating the house of worship, in a regular congregational meeting in the house of worship;
  • Publication in a bulletin, newsletter, worship program, or similar document generally circulated or available to the members of the congregation regularly meeting in the house of worship; or
  • Publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the house of worship is located or the church or organization operating the house of worship has its principal office in this state.

A violation of this section is an infraction.

[Ut. Crim. Code §​​​​​​​ 76-10-530]
Preemption?

Does Utah 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, except local municipalities may regulate and prevent the discharge of firearms.   [Utah Code § 76-10-500(2)]

Red Flag Law?

Does Utah have a red flag law?

No.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Tasers or Stun Guns?

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

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


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property or the State as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.  "
Article 1, Section 6

Utah Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Utah honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
California (at least 21 years old)
Delaware (at least 21 years old)
Florida (handguns only)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Maryland (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old)

The state of Utah will honor all other state or county permits.  The minimum age is 21 years old.

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Other States' Reciprocity With Utah

Which states honor permits from Utah?

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 Utah

Which states honor permits from Utah with restrictions?

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (at least 21 years old)
Nevada (and at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (at least 21 years old)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (regular [not provisional] resident permits only)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Texas (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Washington (regular [not provisional] permits only)
Wisconsin (at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

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.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; 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)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Utah Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age (or 18 for a provisional permit);
  • Provide proof of good character;
  • Complete a firearms-familiarity course certified by BCI;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have been convicted of any crime of violence;
  • Not have been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol;
  • Not have been convicted of any offense involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances;
  • Not have been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude;
  • Not have been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence;
  • Not have been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed;
  • Be qualified to purchase and possess a firearm; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

New Permit $53.25

Renewal $$20 for residents and $25 for non-residents

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

60 days

Application:

Link to application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

The application process for non-residents is exactly the same as for residents. You will need to complete a firearms-familiarity course with a certified Utah instructor. There is no need to travel to Utah as these courses are widely available in other states. If you reside in a state that recognizes the validity of the Utah CFP or has reciprocity with Utah, you must obtain a CFP or CCW from your home state and submit a copy of it with your application for a Utah permit. If you are 18-20 years old and live in a state where the minimum age is 21, you can apply for a Utah CFP. There is an extra charge of $10 for the permit fee. 

Name/Address Changes:

You will need to complete an application for replacement, have it notarized and provide a copy of your driver’s license. A replacement fee of $10 will be charged.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You will need to complete an application for replacement, have it notarized and provide a copy of your driver’s license. A replacement fee of $10 will be charged.


Utah Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for an Utah Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearms-familiarity course certified by the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI).

Step 2:

Download and complete the application.

Step 3:

Have fingerprints taken at the BCI or through your local law enforcement agency. 

Step 4:

Have a passport-quality photograph taken at the BCI or other provider.

Step 5:

Submit your completed application through the mail or in person to the BCI along with the following:

  • Photocopy of driver’s license;
  • Passport-quality photograph;
  • If you reside in a state that recognizes the validity of the Utah CFP or has reciprocity with Utah, you must obtain a CFP or CCW from your home state and submit a copy of it. This does not apply if your state does not recognize the Utah permit;
  • Fingerprint card; and
  • Weapon-familiarity certificate.

Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84129

Step 6:

You will be notified by mail whether your permit has been issued or declined.

Utah issues provisional concealed firearm permits to residents and non-residents that are 18-20 years old. The requirements for the Provisional CFP are the same as the standard CFP and the same application is used by applicants for either permit. Provisional CFPs expire on the holder’s 21st birthday and in order to change over to a standard permit after age 21, a complete application, including fingerprints, photo, and fees must be submitted for a standard permit. One important note is that the Provisional CFP does not allow the holder to carry in primary and secondary schools per UCA 53-5-710(2).  


Firearms Training Requirements in Utah

Utah requires that training be attended in person and not through electronic means. General familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed includes training in:

An applicant may satisfy the general familiarity requirement by one of the following:

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Utah Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew an Utah Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

The Bureau of Criminal Identification will send a renewal application to you approximately one month prior to your expiration.

Step 2:

You may renew online or in person or through the mail complete the renewal application form.


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.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers firearm qualification; it is conducted by Utah Highway Patrol firearms instructors. Based on information received from the DPS, they require documentation from the agency a RLEO retired from indicating they retired in good standing, such as a copy of a retired certificate or badge. They offer qualification once a year, usually in the Spring. 


Utah Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Utah?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes open carry is legal without a permit if the vehicle is in the person’s lawful possession, or the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person lawfully in possession of the vehicle.  Concealed carry within city limits is legal only with a permit. 
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in public schools with a permit? 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 Utah?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Courthouses;
  • Federal facilities;
  • Any secure area in correctional, law enforcement, and mental health facilities.;
  • Churches or houses of worship that have given notice that firearms are prohibited;
  • Secure areas of airports;
  • Anywhere if you are under the influence of alcohol (.05 blood alcohol content) or a controlled substance; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Utah Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Utah?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Utah?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Utah?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Utah?

No.

What are the knife laws in Utah?

It is legal for anyone who has never been convicted of a crime, adjudged delinquent or mentally ill or who does not use illegal drugs to own and open or conceal carry any type of knife in Utah.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in UT?

Not while consuming or under the influence per Utah Code § 76-10-528
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.


Related Information & Links for Utah Gun Laws


Utah Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/24/2019

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

05/08/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/19/2019

Links checked

04/02/2019

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

02/22/2019

Added info and link to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

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

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added info about the Provisional CFP

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/25/2019

Updated application and instructor links

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/11/2019

BAC limit updated to 0.05 based on new law that went into effect on 12/20/18

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

12/03/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

11/28/2018

Clarified car carry info in At A Glance table

11/27/2018

Added links

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Utah


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