Sheriff’s Office


Monday, July 15, 2013




Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to introduce a new procedure for applying for weapon permits.  Effective July 8, 2013, Weapons Permits may be ordered online with the option to pay using a credit or debit card. There is a $4.00 convenience fee for all credit and debit card orders.  Requests submitted in an online application require a visit to the Sheriff’s Office once the application has been approved.


Prior to the new system, residents of Polk County were required to make two visits to the Sheriff’s Office to apply and pick up their gun permits.  The online system allows applicants to apply online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and pick up the permits once it is approved.


Cash payments may be made in person at Patrol Headquarters, 6023 NE 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.  Applications completed in person will be completed using a kiosk and will require an additional visit to the Sheriff’s Office once the application has been approved.  Paper applications will no longer be accepted.


Those who don’t have access to a computer can still visit the Sheriff’s Office, and its staff will assist them with the application process if needed. 


All orders require a valid e-mail address to communicate the status of your order.  You will be notified via e-mail whether your application has been approved or denied.  If approved, you will be required to come in person to Patrol Headquarters to show your valid form of I.D. and training documentation.   As required by the State of Iowa, you must provide training documentation to receive a Permit to Carry.  The address on your application must match the address on your identification. 


Patrol Headquarters Weapons Permit station is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



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Des Moines, Iowa 50313

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