Driver's Licensing Responsibilities

Examining applicants before issing driver's licenses is the responsibility of Idaho sheriffs. This examination must include a test of the applicant's eyesight, hearing, ability to understand and read highway signs and, at the discretion of the examiner, ability to handle a car. In addition, a first-time applicant's knowledge of Idaho traffic laws must be tested by a written examination or, at the discretion of the examiner, the examination may be conducted orally. In many counties, separate office space is used for issuing driver's licenses, and the deputy sheriffs spend most of their time carrying out this function. The sheriff's office receives a fee for each application for a motor vehicle operator's license, renewal, state ID card, and other photographic identification required by law.

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Issuance of Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons

According to Idaho law, the sheriff of a county, on behalf of the state of Idaho, shall, within ninety (90) days after the filing of an application by any person who is not disqualified from possessing or receiving a firearm under state or federal law, issue a license to the person to carry a weapon concealed on his person within this state.

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Notice of Service or Sale of Wine at Sponsored Events

Idaho Code 23-1338 provides that "[a]ny person who is the holder of any Idaho winery license is authorized to serve or sell any wine product of that winery at events of seven (7) days' duration or less sponsored by any group, organization, person or political subdivision." Under this Statute Idaho wineries must provide notice of such sponsored event at least seven (7) days prior to the date on which the sponsored event is set to commence.

This Statute also requires that Idaho wineries serving or selling wine within the boundaries of Ada County at sponsored events provide the following information to the Ada County Sheriff:

  1. Name and address of the winery
  2. State winery license number
  3. Dates and hours that wine will be served or sold at the event
  4. Name of the group, organization, person or political subdivision sponsoring the event
  5. The address at which the wine will be served or sold, and if a public building, the rooms in which the wine will be served or sold

Please email the information requested above to and please provide a contact name and telephone number of the person providing the information.