Special Notice Effective December 9, 2015:
Due to an increased volume of requests for CPLs and other fingerprinting services, you are asked to arrive by 2pm at the downtown Seattle courthouse location for any original CPL application and any other fingerprint services. Please arrive by 4pm if you need a replacement or renewal CPL. Please note, for fingerprint services (whether for a CPL or other reasons) wait times may exceed two hours. Thank you for your patience.
This page provides information about Concealed Pistol Licenses, with regards to:
- Applying for an Original Concealed Pistol License
- Concealed Pistol Licenses for Out-of-State residents
- Renewing a Concealed Pistol License
- Replacing a Concealed Pistol License
Click here for a Concealed Pistol License application, valid for applying, renewing and replacing Concealed Pistol Licenses.
The application process for an Original Concealed Pistol License typically takes about 30-60 minutes to complete, including fingerprinting. However, because we do not take appointments and process on a first come, first served basis, please be advised that the process may take longer. When you apply, the following are required:
- You must be 21 years of age, or older.
- You must be a citizen of the United States, or a permanent resident alien.
- You must live in King County, or outside of WA state, in the case of non-resident applicants.
- You must have government issued picture ID. Though WA state driver’s license or ID is preferred, passports and out-of-state IDs are also accepted.
- Resident aliens must present their permanent resident alien card.
- The fee for an original Concealed Pistol License is $50.75.
- The waiting period to receive the Concealed Pistol License is 30 days, and will be mailed once approved.
Concealed Pistol Licenses for Out-of-State Residents
The Sheriff’s Office is able to process Concealed Pistol License applications for Out-of-State residents. Applicants must appear in person at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. The requirements are the same as with Original Concealed Pistol Licenses, and the fee is also $50.75. The waiting period to receive the Concealed Pistol License for non-residents is 60 days, and will be mailed once approved.
Renewing A Concealed Pistol License
If you reside in King County, or are a resident of another state, your Concealed Pistol License may be renewed from 90 days before to 90 days after the expiration date. If you apply on or before the expiration date, the fee is $32 for a regular renewal; if you apply after the expiration date, the fee is $42 for a late renewal. You will need to complete a Concealed Pistol License application, marking “renewal of license” as the application type for regular renewals, or “late renewal of license” for late renewals. Your current Concealed Pistol License and picture ID are required; fingerprinting is not a part of the renewal process.
Replacing a Concealed Pistol License
The Sheriff’s Office will replace a lost, stolen or destroyed Concealed Pistol License for license holders who currently live in King County, regardless of where the license was originally issued. If your Concealed Pistol License was stolen, you will also need to complete an Affidavit of Loss to turn in with the Concealed Pistol License application, which should note “replacement of license” as the application type. To apply for the replacement license, you will need to bring your picture ID; fingerprinting is not a part of the replacement process. There is a $10 replacement fee for this service.
Fees and Payment Methods
Fees may be paid by personal check or money order at all locations; cash is accepted at the Courthouse location ONLY. Please note that we do not accept second party checks, and are unable to process payment by cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc).
Personal check/money order requirements:
- Both will need to be made payable to King County Sheriff’s Office.
- Both require verification by two (2) pieces of identification, with one being a WA State driver’s license or ID card with a photograph.
- Checks must be preprinted, listing name, address, and phone number.
- Information on the check must match with details of customer’s ID.
Concealed Pistol License Reciprocity
Washington has reciprocity for Concealed Pistol Licenses issued by several other states, so long as the handgun is carried in accordance with WA state law. The Washington State Attorney General's web site provides a list of those states that have reciprocity with WA for Concealed Pistol Licenses.
Further information regarding concealed pistol licenses may be obtained at www.dol.wa.gov/business/firearms
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