Concealed Weapons

CWP and fingerprint hours: *BEGINING OCTOBER 1st!!* Appointments ONLY Tuesday – Thursday (excluding holidays)
Payette County
Driver’s License Department
Located 205 N 12th St, Payette ID

For questions please call 208-642-6006 ext. 1307 during office hours


An application can be obtained from the Payette County Sheriff’s Office Driver’s License Division located at the address above.

Payette County will not recognize mail in applications. You must present your application in person after completing your application. To save time you may access the online application here Microsoft Word - CWL form 072015 ( you may print it out, and bring it with you. We do require DOCUMENTED proof of training at the time the application is accepted (a summary of acceptable training is later outlined for both Regular and Enhanced License).

If you are applying for an alien application you will need to provide your Permanent Resident Alien Card.

KNOWINGLY PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION ON A CONCEALED WEAPONS APPLICATION IS A CRIME AND MAY SUBJECT YOU TO ARREST AND PROSECUTION (Idaho Code 18-3302C). All applicants are to be fingerprinted upon acceptance of the application by the sheriff’s office.

Initial Application $56.10 –    The initial fee is set by Idaho Code for Regular and Enhanced permits.

This fee may be paid in cash, check, money order, or by debit/credit card. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Payette County Sheriff. Any transactions paying with debit/credit card will be subject to an additional fee set thru our 3rd party vendor. Applicants will be required to provide appropriate identification at the time of fingerprinting. You will be notified of approval/denial at the completion of the background check. The law allows each county 90 days to complete this process. Upon approval, applicants will be notified either by telephone or mail and will complete the issuance process at the Driver’s License Office to be photographed and receive their concealed weapons permit.

The concealed weapon permits will expire (5) years from the application approval date.

Renewal Application $37.85 –  Renewal fee is set by Idaho Code for both Regular and Enhanced permits.
Fees will be collected at the time of submitting a renewal application. A renewal permit will not require fingerprinting but will require another background check and application approval. A renewal permit will also be valid for a period of five (5) years from application date. Any license renewing their permit may renew 90 days after the expiration without being subject to a late fee. From 91 days to 180 days, an additional $10.00 late fee will be added. After 181 days, the licensee must submit an initial application and pay the fees subscribed above.

*Please note, if you allow your Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permit to expire for 12 months or more you will be required to retake all necessary training with an approved instructor again to be able to qualify for an initial application. 

Retired Law Enforcement Officer CWP $20.00 –  Initial application fee
 $12.00 –  Renewal Application fee

This concealed weapons license will expire (1) year from approval date. All retired officer applications will be subject to a background check before approval. All applicants wishing to apply for a retired law enforcement concealed weapons permit must meet certain criteria. For a full list of these please visit this link. Section 18-3302H – Idaho State Legislature


Individuals who have been licensed to carry a concealed weapon or those who can legally carry a concealed weapon without a license may NOT carry a concealed weapon into a courthouse, juvenile detention facility, jail or public or private school.

Except in a person’s place of abode or fixed place of business, a person shall not carry a concealed weapon without a concealed weapons license except:

1. In the person’s place of abode or fixed place of business.
2. On property in which the person has any ownership or leasehold interest.
3. On private property where the person has permission to carry concealed weapons from any person with an ownership or leasehold interest.
4. Outside the limits of or confines of any city, if the person is over eighteen (18) years of age and is not otherwise disqualified from being issued a license.
This does not apply to restrict or prohibit the carrying or possession of: Any deadly weapon located in plain view, any lawfully possessed shotgun or rifle, a firearm that is not loaded and is concealed in a motor vehicle, a firearm that is not loaded and is secured in a case, a firearm that is disassembled or permanently altered such that is not readily operable and, a concealed handgun by a person who is, over twenty-one (21) years of age, a resident of Idaho, and is not disqualified from being issued a permit.




When issuing a concealed weapons license, the Sheriff may require the applicant to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm by any of the following:

  • Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Department of Fish & Game or a similar agency of another state; or possess a valid hunting license.
  • Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course, or any National Rifle Association hunter education course.
  • Completion of any firearms safety or training course available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, university, private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Completion of nay law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputes, or any division or subdivision of a law enforcement agency or security enforcement agency.
  • Presents evidence or equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition or military service.
  • Completion of any firearms training, safety course or class conducted by a state certified or National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor.



To obtain an Enhanced Concealed weapons permit you are required to take and pass a course with an approved instructor who is certified by the National Rifle Association, or another nationally recognized organization that customarily certifies firearms instructors as an instructor in personal protection with handguns, or the course instructor is certified by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Council as a firearms instructor.

All applicants applying for an Enhanced concealed weapons permit thru Payette County will need to submit along with the application a certificate of completion with an approved instructor through our County. For the full list of approved instructors please click here
If you cannot find your instructor on our list provided, they will need to contact the Driver’s License Office to submit proper documentation to be added to the approved instructor list before your application can be processed. Or you may contact and apply in another county office if your instructor has already been approved in another location.

The Enhanced Course requirements:

The course is at least eight (8) hours in duration, the course is taught face to face and not by electronic or other means and the course includes instruction in-

1. Idaho Law relating to firearms and the use of deadly force, provided that such instruction is delivered by either of the following who name and credential must appear on the certificate:
    A. An active licensed member of the Idaho state bar or
    B. A law enforcement officer who possesses an intermediate or higher Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training certificate.
2. The basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns.
3. Self-defense principles
4. Live fire training including the firing of at least ninety-eight (98) rounds by the student.

For a full list of disqualification and Idaho laws pertaining to concealed weapons permits you may see them here Section 18-3302 – Idaho State Legislature

The Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permit is not an upgrade to an existing Concealed Weapons Permit and will be issued separately.  

Disclaimer: A sheriff, sheriff’s deputy or county employee who issues a license to carry a concealed weapon under this section shall not incur any civil or criminal liability as the result of his/her performance under this section.

If you have additional questions that are not answered in this guide, please
contact the Payette County Sheriff’s Office at 208-642-6006 ext. 1307. This information can also be obtained by accessing the Idaho State Patrol website here


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