UNIFORM PERMIT CARDS: What is the "uniform permit card" provision of HF 517?
The new law requires that weapons permits be of uniform appearance, size, and content. For decades, Iowa’s standard permits have been large paper tear-off forms that are not durable or convenient to carry. A number of years ago, rules adopted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety allowed Sheriffs Offices to develop and print wallet size permit cards of their own design and content. While this allowed many counties to develop better quality permits, it also resulted in wide variation in permit appearance and type. In passing HF 517, Iowa’s elected officials established a requirement that permit cards be standardized. House File 517 (PDF)

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1. LAW CHANGES: I have heard that there are changes to Iowa weapons permit laws occurring in 2017. What are the topics of the law changes?
2. EFFECTIVE DATES: When do the 2017 changes in Iowa law regarding weapons permits take effect?
3. IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATES: Which are the two law changes that have an effective date of April 13, 2017?
4. UNIFORM PERMIT CARDS: What is the "uniform permit card" provision of HF 517?
5. PERMIT CARD AVAILABILITY: When will the new cards be available?
6. CURRENT: I have a weapons permit (carry or acquire) issued before the law changes take effect, or before the law changes are fully implemented – do I have to get a new permit card when they are ready?
7. DUPLICATES: I lost my permit, my permit was damaged, or I have an older style of permit. Can I obtain a duplicate of a current permit, but printed on the new uniform wallet size card?
8. DL/ID RECORDS: Instead of developing new uniform permit cards, and all the systems necessary to print the cards, could the information simply be added to my driver’s license or non-operator ID file?
9. APPLICATION PROCESS: How do I apply for a new, renewal, or duplicate Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons?
10. RENEWALS: I have a Permit to Carry Weapons that will be expiring soon. What do I need to do to renew the permit?
11. TRAINING FOR RENEWALS: Do I need to complete another training course to renew my Permit to Carry Weapons?
12. MOVE WITHIN IOWA: I have moved since my permit was issued or will be moving soon. Am I required to notify anyone of the change of address and am I required to obtain an permit showing my new address?
13. TEXT OF NEW LAWS: I want to read the new law and understand the many different provisions of this law. How can I get a copy of the law and where can I learn more about the law?