Frequently asked questions: Alien firearms license

What is an alien firearms license?

This license allows you to use a firearm for hunting and sport shooting if you are a non-immigrant alien who is temporarily living in Washington State.

Who must have an alien firearms license?

Any non-immigrant alien who is temporarily living in Washington, such as:

  • Students on temporary school visas.
  • People on temporary work visas.

Who doesn’t need an alien firearms license?

  • A permanent resident alien (immigrant alien) with a permanent resident card (green card).
  • A citizen of Canada or a non-immigrant alien not residing in Washington, who is hunting or participating in trade shows or shooting events while visiting or vacationing here.

How long is my alien firearms license valid?

The license will be valid in the state of Washington for 2 years from the date it was issued.

Can I apply for a concealed pistol license if I have an alien firearms license?

Yes.

Can I purchase a firearm if I have an alien firearms license?

Yes.

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