Frequently asked questions: Concealed pistol license

When do I need to have a concealed pistol license?

By law, you must have a concealed pistol license (CPL) when you are:

  • Carrying a pistol concealed on your person.
  • Carrying or placing a loaded pistol in a vehicle.

Is my concealed pistol license good in other states?

Washington concealed pistol licenses are recognized only in states with concealed weapon reciprocity. Handguns must be carried in accordance with the law of the state you’re visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your handgun.

How long does it take before I get my license?

  • If you’re a Washington State resident, it may take up to 30 days to complete the background check.
  • If you’re a non-resident, it may take up to 60 days to complete the background check.

How long is my concealed pistol license valid?

Your concealed pistol license is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued. You won’t receive a renewal notice, and it’s your responsibility to ensure your license hasn’t expired.

What if my CPL is denied?

Please contact the law enforcement agency that you applied with.

What if I lose my concealed pistol license?

If your license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you may get a replacement from your local law enforcement agency. You’ll need to apply in person, and the fee for a replacement license is $10.

Can I laminate my license?

Yes, your license can be laminated.

How can I find out if someone has a CPL or gun?

By law, we can’t provide any information related to anyone’s record, except to law enforcement and correctional agencies.

How do I get information regarding my CPL or firearms record?

You can request this information by completing a Firearms Record Certification Request. When completed, take the form and your photo identification to a local law enforcement agency.

How do I restore my rights?

You must petition the court where you were convicted, or petition the superior court where you live.

Do I need to register my firearms in Washington State?


How do I transfer ownership of my pistol or revolver?

There isn’t a requirement to transfer ownership. However, both parties may complete a Pistol/Revolver Private Disposition/Transfer form voluntarily to report the change in ownership. You won’t receive a notification after we receive the form.

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