Concealed Pistol License (CPL)

Things to Know

You need a CPL if you

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

You can apply at the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) if you

  • Live in unincorporated Whatcom County.
  • Live outside of Washington.
  • Live within city limits - you can also apply at your local police department.

Your CPL is valid for five (5) years

Fees (Nonrefundable)

Renewal - prior to expiration of current CPL$32.00
Late Renewal - within 90 days after expiration of current CPL$42.00

CPL Processing

  • WCSO may take up to thirty (30) days to process your CPL application.
  • WCSO sends your approved CPL by US mail.
  • If denied, WCSO sends a letter to you by US mail.

Your application can be denied for a CPL if you 

  • Have been convicted of a felony and your firearms rights have not been restored.
  • Have a CPL in a revoked status.
  • 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 one year before applying for a CPL.

For a complete list of prohibitions which can lead to a denial, please see RCW 9.41.070.

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