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How to get your license: Concealed pistol license

How is the Department of Licensing involved in firearms sales and transfers?

  • We license firearms dealers, and we maintain firearms data for law enforcement agencies.
  • Firearms data is only available to law enforcement and corrections agencies.
  • Law enforcement agencies run background checks and issue concealed pistol licenses.
  • Firearms dealers collect firearm transfer applications from customers, forward to law enforcement for background checks, and submit to us.


You must have a license if you:

  • Carry a pistol concealed on your person.
  • Carry or have a loaded pistol in a vehicle

You must be at least 21 years old.

You won’t qualify for a concealed pistol license if you:

  • Have a revoked concealed pistol license.
  • Are subject to a court order or injunction concerning the possession of firearms.
  • Are free on bond or personal recognizance while awaiting trial, appeal, or sentencing for a felony offense.
  • Have an outstanding warrant for your arrest for a felony or misdemeanor.
  • Have been ordered to forfeit a firearm within the last 12 months.
  • Have been convicted of a felony.
    • To restore your rights, contact the courts where your conviction is or the superior court where you live.


Fee amounts depend on the license you are requesting. See our list of current fees.

How to apply

  • Contact your local law enforcement agency and verify you live in their jurisdiction. If so, ask for a Concealed Pistol License Application.
  • You will need a valid state driver license or ID.
    • If you are a permanent resident alien, bring your permanent resident card.
    • If you have an alien firearms license, bring your original passport and US‑issued alien number or admission number.
  • If applicable, bring your original certificate of rehabilitation or firearms restoration orders.
  • Pay fees with cash or check/money order payable to the law enforcement agency.

Your license is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.

Where to apply
If you live Apply at
In an unincorporated area of a county in Washington Your county sheriff's office
In an incorporated city or town in Washington Your city/town police department or your county sheriff’s office
Outside of Washington (not a Washington state resident) Any local law enforcement agency (police department or sheriff’s office) in Washington State

If your license is lost, denied, or revoked

Contact the law enforcement agency where you applied for your license to get a replacement license or for further details.


Related information

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Access Washington – official state government website