Lesson 1: CWL Qualification, Issuance and Revocation Process

Erica Fisher CWL Courses

Idaho is a “shall issue” state. That means if you meet all the statutory requirements, the sheriff must issue you a concealed weapons license (CWL). If you do not meet all the qualifications, your application will be denied. Idaho Code 18-3302(11)

Idaho has two types of CWL’s–basic (Idaho Code 18-3302) and enhanced (Idaho Code18-3302k). This course provides the necessary training for the basic only. To obtain an enhanced license, Idaho Code 18-3302K requires taking an eight-hour personal protection course offered by the NRA or an equivalent course. The requirements for an enhanced include firing 98 rounds of ammunition, and being instructed on Idaho law regarding firearms and the use of deadly force. The use of deadly force portion of the course must be taught by a licensed Idaho attorney or a certified Idaho law enforcement officer. Most states recognize the basic Idaho CWL although a few require the enhanced CWL for reciprocity. If you are interested in taking a course that qualifies you for the enhanced CWL, please contact your local sheriff’s office.

Once you have decided to apply for a CWL, your local sheriff’s office will go through the steps listed below to determine if you meet all the requirements.

  1. The application is presented in person by you to the sheriff’s office.
  2. You must provide a driver’s license, state identification card or some other identification that satisfies the sheriff as to your identity. Contact your local sheriff’s office to ask about what types of ID it will accept.
  3. The application is reviewed for completeness and to ensure that you meet minimum requirements. The sheriff may refuse to accept an application that is not complete.
  4. You will be fingerprinted and the appropriate fees will be collected.  Your records will then be submitted to the Idaho State Police.
  5. Your information is entered in to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) indicating that you have applied for a CWL.
  6. The sheriff’s staff will complete a full background check to confirm that you meet all the requirements.
  7. A CWL will be issued within 90 days by the sheriff’s office or, if they determine you are not qualified, you will be sent a notice of denial.
  8. NCIC will be updated showing that you have a CWL or that the application was denied.
  9. If approved, you will be notified to return to the sheriff’s office to obtain your temporary CWL and a photo will be taken at that time. Your permanent CWL will be mailed to you.

Background Checks

A Sheriff may require additional information on the application such as place of employment and previous states where the applicant has resided as necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the applicant’s qualifications to obtain a CWL.

I.C. 18-3302 provides a list of criteria that disqualifies a person from obtaining a CWL. An Idaho CWL is available to all U.S. citizens and legal aliens residing in the United States. A license to carry concealed weapons shall not be issued to any person who:

  • Is under 18 years of age;
  • Is formally charged with a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • Has been adjudicated guilty in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • Is a fugitive from justice;
  • Is an unlawful user of marijuana or any depressant, stimulant or narcotic drug, or any controlled substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. section 802;
  • Is currently suffering from or has been adjudicated as having suffered from any of the following conditions, based on substantial evidence:
  • Has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • Has received a withheld judgment or suspended sentence for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, unless the person has successfully completed probation;
  • Has received a period of probation after having been adjudicated guilty of, or received a withheld judgment for, a misdemeanor offense that has as an element the intentional use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, unless the person has successfully completed probation;
  • Is an alien illegally in the United States;
  • Is a person who having been a citizen of the United States has renounced his or her citizenship;
  • Is free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal or sentencing for a crime which would disqualify him from obtaining a concealed weapons license;
  • Is subject to a protection order issued under chapter 63, title 39, Idaho Code, that restrains the person from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner of the person or child of the intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; or
  • Is for any other reason ineligible to own, possess or receive a firearm under the provisions of Idaho or federal law.

Revocation of a CWL

Once you have a CWL it can be revoked by the sheriff for anything that would disqualify you from obtaining a CWL as set out in Idaho Code 18-3302. Additionally, a license can be revoked for fraud or intentional misrepresentation in obtaining the license or for the misuse of a license, including lending or giving a license to another person, duplicating a license or using a license with the intent to unlawfully cause harm to a person or property.

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