Idaho Enhanced Permit

Posted: July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

On July 1st, 2013 a law (18-3302K) took effect in Idaho that will allow residents and non-residents alike to obtain an “enhanced concealed firearm permit”. The enhanced permit requires substantially more training (8 hours and at least 98 rounds fired) and is being offered for one singular purpose, reciprocity. It is hoped that the enhanced Idaho permit will soon be recognized by more states, like Nevada, than the standard Idaho permit is, given the amplified training required to obtain it. There has been much discussion about  where the Idaho enhanced permit will be accepted and sadly many instructors have been advertising it as a “45 state concealed carry permit”. Although the enhanced permit will likely someday be valid in substantially more states, right now it is valid in 26 (the same states that recognize the standard Idaho permit). The Idaho Attorney General is sending out reciprocity requests as we speak and it is expected that additional states will come on board (specifically Nevada and Washington). We’ll make sure to keep you posted on the progress.

barksdaleThe training required to obtain the Idaho enhanced permit is essentially the same required to complete the NRA personal protection in the home course. The legal section of the course, however, must be taught by an Idaho attorney or a select few law enforcement officers. Legal Heat has a full staff of certified instructors ready to go, including attorneys and NRA personal protections instructors.

Legal Heat has been watching the Idaho Enhanced Permit be discussed for years and we are pleased to see it finally available. We are also pleased to be offering these courses statewide in Idaho. Our first class will be held this weekend in Twin Falls and we also have one scheduled at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Lewiston a few weeks from now. We will also be offering these classes at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Idaho Falls and at our other locations shortly (make sure to check out for a full schedule).

To offer students the best possible class experience, Legal Heat has gone all out to offer a class experience that can’t be matched by anyone else. The classroom portion of the class will be taught by experienced Idaho attorney Jason Nelsen (co-owner of Legal Heat) and we’re very excited about who we’ve lined up to offer the shooting portion of the class.  We have teamed up with national champion shooter Houston Shaw (son of legendary shooter John Shaw) to offer the best live fire training anywhere in the West. It’s not often that you get to train with a national champion on a private range, it’s even more awesome that it’s all included in the price of the class. Houston will be on hand at the class this weekend in Twin Falls to schedule the live fire portion and we’ll have a similar setup for our classes offered elsewhere in the state.


If you have any questions about the Idaho Enhanced Permit please feel free to shoot us an email at

  1. roy muff says:

    Dear Sir,
    Do you have to have the standard C F P before you can obtain the enhanced permit ? Thank You.

    • LH says:

      Good Question. No, you do not need to have the standard Idaho permit (or any permit) prior to obtaining the enhanced permit.

  2. Tina says:

    Can I just take the fire training, since I have the standard ICFP currently?

  3. I have cc permits for Utah , Arizona & Florida . What training, or qualifications do I have to fill to obtain an Enhanced Idaho Permit ?

  4. doug says:

    I have the Utah CWP. My renewal date is coming up and I live in Idaho. All I’m lacking is the “live fire” portion to qualify for the Idaho Enhanced Permit. Should I wait to see what reciprocity results come about for the Idaho Enhanced Permit? Is there a reduced price for us that just need the “live fire” portion for the Enhanced Idaho Permit?