Requirements: Concealed pistol license
What requirements must I meet to get a license?
You must meet all of the following requirements:
21 years of age or older at time of application.
United States citizen.
No pending trial, appeal, or sentencing on a charge that would prohibit you from having a license.
No outstanding warrants for any charge, from any court.
No court order or injunction against possessing a firearm.
No mental health conditions that would prohibit you from having a license.
No felony convictions.
No convictions for any of the following crimes committed by one family member against another on or after July 1, 1993:
Criminal Trespass in the first degree
Violation of the provisions of a protection order or no-contact order restraining the person or excluding the person from the residence
Where do I apply for a concealed pistol license?
You may complete an application form at one of the following law enforcement offices:
If you live in the unincorporated area of a county you must apply in person at your sheriff’s office.
If you live in an incorporated city within the county, you may apply in person at either the city police department or sheriff’s office.
If you are not a Washington State resident, you may apply at any local law enforcement agency in Washington.
What documents will I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring the following:
Picture identification such as a Washington State driver license or identification card. If you don’t have a Washington State driver license or identification card, you must provide proof you have lived in the state for at least the last 90 days.
The $55.25 fee in cash, check, or money order made payable to the law enforcement agency. This fee is non-refundable.
If you are in the military, your military ID and orders listing your station location.
Is there a background check?
Yes, you will need to be fingerprinted and have a criminal history background check before you can be issued a license. Please see Frequently asked questions for more information about licensing requirements.
Does Washington have reciprocity for concealed pistol licenses with any other states?
Washington accepts concealed pistol licenses issued by a number of other states, as long as the handgun is carried in accordance with Washington law. The Washington State Attorney General's website provides a list of states that have reciprocity with Washington for concealed pistol licenses.