Concealed Pistol Licenses

State law requires persons wishing to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL) apply to the municipality or county in which they reside. “Residency” refers to where the person actually lives, not where s/he may own property or pay taxes. Non-Washington residents may apply to any agency that is convenient.

Any Pierce County resident (or non-Washington resident) may apply for a CPL at South Sound 911’s public counter, and residents of unincorporated Pierce County and the cities of Edgewood, Lakewood, Roy, Tacoma and University Place must apply at South Sound 911. 

Depending upon the city of residence, there may be alternative locations to submit a CPL application. For instance, residents within the city limits of Bonney Lake, Eatonville, Fife, Gig Harbor, Orting, Puyallup, or Sumner may be able to apply at their respective police departments. Hours and days in which residents can apply may be limited, so please verify procedures in advance.

For information about applying for a firearms dealer license, click here.

* PRINTING ERROR ON SOME CPLs *


If you were issued a CPL from South Sound 911 between January-March 2016 and the "Issuing Agency" information is not on the reverse, you are eligible for a replacement at NO cost. Affected CPL-holders are being notified by mail.

In order to receive a replacement CPL, the incomplete CPL must be returned. Please mail the CPL to South Sound 911 Records (945 Tacoma Ave. S.; Tacoma, WA 98402) -or- visit our public counter during normal business hours. If you have questions about this process, please email
CPL@southsound911.org.
 
Due to a printing error, Issuing Agency information may be missing from CPLs that were issued from January-March 2016 when the license format changed. Some firearms dealers may not honor CPLs without Issuing Agency information.

Eligibility


To be eligible for a CPL, an applicant must meet the criteria listed on the back of the Concealed Pistol License Application. For further information, see the Washington State Department of Licensing firearms licensing website, review RCW 9.41, and/or visit the Washington State Attorney General's website for reciprocal agreements with other states.


** Due to an increase in demand for this service, we recommend that applicants arrive early in the day (before noon is best) and be prepared to wait. We are doing our best to meet the demand and kindly request your patience. **

Applying for a CPL


If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, you may apply at our public counter during normal business hours. You must apply in person.

  • All applicants must complete a Concealed Pistol License Application form (forms are also available in our lobby)
  • All Original Applicants (and those with licenses expired more than 90 days) must be fingerprinted as part of the application process. Please note that beginning Sept. 6, 2016, fingerprinting will only be offered between 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; applicants for new/original CPLs must visit prior to the 3 p.m. cutoff.
  • Applicants must show a valid, government-issued photo I.D.; a school or work I.D. is not acceptable. If you are renewing a CPL, it is helpful for you to bring your old license with you, but it is not required.
  • Applicants must provide payment by cash or personal check for the appropriate fee. (Debit and credit cards are not accepted.)

              Fees


              Original License            $50.75 
              Renewal License           $32
              Late Renewal License   $42
              Replacement License    $10
              Alien Firearms License  $84.75
              Lamination (optional)     $3
  
              Payment by cash or personal check only.

Renewing a CPL
You may apply to renew a license up to 90 days prior to its expiration date. If your license is between one and 90 days past expiration, you may submit a Late Renewal Application. Any license which is expired by more than 90 days cannot be renewed; an application for an Original License would be required.

Military personnel who were unable to renew on time as a result of out-of-state deployment/assignment may qualify for an exemption to the 90-day renewal time limit. Applicants must apply within 90 days of returning to Washington state and provide proof of deployment/assignment dates.
Receiving your CPL
If your application is approved, South Sound 911 will mail your CPL to you. If your application is denied, you will receive a letter informing you of the reason(s) for denial along with information on how to appeal the denial. If you have lost your firearm rights, you may petition the court of record where you reside or where the conviction occurred for the restoration of your rights. Out-of-state convictions are more complex when it comes to restoration of your rights; you may wish to consult an attorney for advice or assistance. South Sound 911 personnel cannot offer legal advice.