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The Complete Guide

Utah gun laws are regarded as permissive however a permit is still required to carry a concealed firearm. Permits are issued to residents and non-residents who are 21 or older, have completed a firearms training course and meet other criteria. There is a provisional permit available for persons aged between 18-21. Applications are processed at the state level by the Bureau of Criminal Identification. Open carry of unloaded firearms is legal without a permit.

Utah CCW Quick Facts

Utah Concealed Carry Permit

Nevada Gun Policy

Shall Issue

Permit Issued To

Residents, Non-residents




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The new permit no longer has a red bar at the top.

Gun Laws

UTAH CCW Reciprocity

Permit Honored
Permit not honored
Residential permits only
Issuing state

How Reciprocity Works in Utah

  • The state of Utah will honor all other state permits.
  • There are 36 states that honor the standard Utah CCW permit.
  • However, 6 of these states will only honor a Utah residential permit.
  • And 19 states will not honor the Utah Provisional permit.

Standard & Provisional Permits

There are two types of permits in Utah, a Standard Permit and a Provisional Permit, the later being issued to persons aged between 18 – 21. Some states will not accept both these permits due to the low age requirements on the Provisional Permit. The standard permit is very popular for non-residents as it allows them to travel in 30 states with a handgun. For a full list of what permits a state will accept please look at the official reciprocity list.

Utah Reciprocity State’s

Utah Handgun License Forms

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Utah Non-Resident CCW

Utah Permits For Non-Residents

For people living in restrictive states like California the Utah Non-Resident permit has become a popular choice. It cannot be used in California but if you travel interstate regularly then it will allow you to carry in currently thirty other states.


One of the conditions to obtain a ccw permit is that you attend a firearms training course with a Utah certified instructor. There is no need to travel to Utah as these courses are widely available in other states. There are currently 178 Utah certified instructors in California alone. A full list of Utah certified instructors is available on the state website.

UTAH: Places Off-Limits for CCW

Utah state flag

Places Off-Limits in Utah

  • Any courthouse
  • Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited
  • Mental health facility
  • Correctional facility
  • Church or house of worship that has given notice firearms are prohibited
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Congregation of Kol Ami
  • Secure area of airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Places Allowed in Utah

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed as Off-Limits

Utah Open Carry

76.10.505 – Carrying Firearm
76.10.502 – Loaded firearm
76.9.102 – Disorderly conduct

Open carry in Utah

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History of Utah Gun Laws

Learn Utah’s Gun History

1995 – Policy change

Utah switches from a May Issue policy to a Shall Issue policy.

2004 – Campus carry laws

Utah becomes the first state to allow firearms to be carried on college campuses. Several other states have now followed with Georgia becoming the 11th state in 2017.

Utah Concealed Carry Laws

Utah state capitol building

Utah Gun Laws To Know

“The people have the right to bear arms for their security and defense, but the legislature may regulate the exercise of this right by law”
Art. I § 6

Off-Limits Statutes

Other CCW Statutes

Utah CCW FAQ's

Who issues a permit?

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety.

Utah Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Identification 3888 West 5400 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84118
Whats the processing time?

60 Days The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 60 days of the application being received.

Is there a prior eligibility check?

Yes, you can check before you apply for a permit to see if any thing on your criminal history would prevent you from obtaining a permit.

You can visit the office below or phone them and they be able to tell you if you qualify for a permit.


Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
(801) 965-4445, option “3”
Where can i carry with a permit?

If you have a permit then you can carry a loaded firearm. Handguns can be carried into public schools but not into residences or churches that have posted a no weapons sign. There are further federal and state areas that you cannot carry a weapon into listed in our Off-Limits section.

Can I carry a firearm in a bar?

Nothing in the law prohibits a person from carrying a firearm in an establishment that serves alcohol. However, it is illegal to be in possession of a weapon while intoxicated.

Can I use my gun to scare a person?

If you feel threatened by a person, showing them your gun could result in you being charged with “Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon”. You can only pull or display a firearm to a person in direct self defense otherwise it is not justified.

Can a non-resident get a permit?

Yes, any citizen of the U.S. or person legally residing in the U.S. is entitled to a Utah Concealed Carry Permit if they meet the requirements.

Are background checks needed when buying a gun?

When purchasing a firearm your Utah permit can be used to waive any BCI background checks plus the associated fees. The dealer is still obligated to make a call to ensure your permit is valid.

Utah CCW Contacts

Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Identification


Monday – Friday    7am – 5:30pm

Saturday                  Closed

Sunday                    Closed


Address      3888 West 5400 South

City              Salt Lake City, Utah 84129

Phone         (801) 965-4445