Frequently asked questions and dealer resources

The Washington State Legislature has not yet approved state operating and capital budgets for the 2017–19 biennium, which begins July 1. If the Legislature does not approve budgets by June 30, several state agencies will go through full or partial operations shutdowns. To find out what services will be effected, see Possible suspension of services starting July 1.

Who must have a firearms dealer license?

Anyone who sells firearms, wholesale or retail, who is required to have a federal firearms license.

How long does it take to get my firearms dealer license?

It can take from 30 to 60 days.

How long is my firearms dealer license valid?

No more than 1 year from the date of issue.

What if I want to move my firearm store or business?

Contact a law enforcement agency for information on obtaining a Replacement Dealer License.

What if I open an additional firearms store?

Contact a law enforcement agency for information regarding additional dealer license requirements.

Do employees who handle firearms purchases need to have a background check?

Every employee who may sell a firearm in the course of his or her employment must undergo fingerprinting and a background check.

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