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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Utah permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
714k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
36
RECIPROCATING STATES
3.2M
STATE POPULATION
18
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
11
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
22.57%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
33
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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 who 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 to have 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.

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Utah Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Utah allow constitutional carry?

No, Utah does not allow constitutional carry.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Utah?

Yes, with a permit. Without a permit, unloaded only.

[Utah Code § 76-10-505(1)]

[Utah Code § 76-10-523]

Gun Permit Licensure?

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

Utah issues permits on a shall-issue basis.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

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

You must be at least 18 years old for a provisional permit in Utah.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

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

No. You cannot concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Utah, even with a concealed carry permit.

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.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Utah issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Utah issues concealed carry permits to non-residents.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

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

No. Utah does not allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law.

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, you can carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Utah.

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, with a valid concealed carry permit.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit, 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 an individual's 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. You are not required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Utah.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Utah have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There are no magazine capacity restrictions for handguns in Utah.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Utah have ammunition restrictions?

No, Utah does not have ammunition restrictions.

"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 have 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 if 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, but 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, Utah does not have any red-flag laws.

Carry While Using Alcohol or Prescription Medication?

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

Not while consuming or under the influence. 

[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 judgment, 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 Utah?

No. You do not need a permit to purchase a handgun in Utah.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Utah?

No, but 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 Utah?

No. There is no waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Utah.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Utah?

No. You do not need to register your handgun in Utah.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

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

You must be at least 18 years old to possess and transport a firearm in Utah.

[Utah Code § 76-10-509.9]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

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

Yes.

(5) Nothing in Subsection (1) or (2) prohibits a person engaged in the lawful taking of protected or unprotected wildlife as defined in Title 23, Wildlife Resources Code of Utah, from carrying a concealed firearm as long as the taking of wildlife does not occur: 

(a) within the limits of a municipality in violation of that municipality's ordinances; or
(b) upon the highways of the state as defined in Section 41-6a-102.

[Utah Code 76-10-504(5)]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Utah?

Yes. A person who has obtained an archery permit for a big game hunt may carry a concealed weapon in accordance with Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7 of the Utah Code, provided the person is not utilizing the concealed firearm to hunt or take protected wildlife.

[Utah Admin Rule R657-5-11]

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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, § 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)
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.


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

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only and at 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 (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.

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 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)
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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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:
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 a 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 if your application has been approved.

Utah issues provisional concealed firearms permits to residents and non-residents who 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. 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:

  • The safe loading, unloading, storage and carrying of the types of firearms to be concealed; and
  • Current laws defining lawful use of a firearm by a private citizen including: lawful self-defense, use of force by a private citizen, use of deadly force, transportation and concealment.

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

  • Completion of a course of instruction conducted by a firearms training organization approved by the BCI;
  • Certification of general familiarity by a person who has been certified by the bureau; or
  • Equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in an organized shooting competition, law enforcement or military service.

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Utah Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a 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 RLEOs, 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 firearms qualification; it is conducted by Utah Highway Patrol firearms instructors. Based on information received from the DPS, they require documentation (such as a copy of a retired certificate or badge) from the agency from which the RLEO retired, indicating he or she retired in good standing. 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, you can carry in restaurants in Utah that serve alcohol.
  • 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, you can carry in roadside rest areas in Utah.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes, you are allowed to carry in state/nation parks, state/national forests, and WMAs in Utah.
  • Carry in public schools with a permit? Yes, you can carry in public schools in Utah with a permit.
  • 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

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 concealed carry any type of knife in Utah.


Utah Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-26

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

2019-05-08

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-04-02

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

2019-02-22

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

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

2019-02-06

Added info about the Provisional CFP

2019-02-01

Added info to

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-25

Updated application and instructor links

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-11

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

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-13

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-12-03

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-11-28

Clarified car carry info in At A Glance table

2018-11-27

Added links

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Utah

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