Iowa Laws and Regulations

Passing this safety course will complete your online safety education for Iowa.

Do you need Iowa education?


You need education if you were born after Jan. 1, 1972, and will buy a hunting license in Iowa.

You must be at least 11 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Iowa to take this online course.


education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Why Safety Education Is Important

Since states have begun requiring hunter education, over the last 30 years hunting incidents have drastically decreased, while the number of hunters has increased. Today, hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities you can enjoy.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Iowa will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Iowa students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions