Concealed Pistol Licenses

* Renewing  or replacing a CPL? Apply online! See instructions under “Renewing or Replacing a CPL” below. *

Any Pierce County resident or non-Washington resident may apply for a CPL — sometimes referred to as a concealed carry or concealed weapons permit — at South Sound 911’s public counter (945 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma). 

Depending upon the city of residence, there may be alternative locations to submit a CPL application; however, residents of unincorporated Pierce County and the cities of DuPont, Edgewood, Fife, Fircrest, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Roy, Ruston, Steilacoom, Tacoma, and University Place may only apply at South Sound 911. Residents who live within the city limits of Bonney Lake, EatonvilleGig Harbor, Puyallup, or Sumner may be able to apply at their respective local police departments. Hours and days in which residents can apply may be limited, so please verify procedures in advance.

Need a dealers license instead? Visit our Firearms Dealer Licenses page.

Applying for a CPL

* Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications for new/original CPLs during our closure. 

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, applicants seeking a new/original CPL must apply in-person at our public counter during normal business hours. 

  • All new/original applicants (and those with licenses expired more than 90 days) must complete a Concealed Pistol License Application form and be fingerprinted as part of the application process. Please note that fingerprinting services end one (1) hour before closing; applicants must visit during the fingerprinting hours. 
  • 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 for the appropriate fee(s).

* We do NOT recommend utilizing a third-party service (e.g., ConcealedWeaponsLicense.org) for the “prepayment” or completion of your application form. They are NOT affiliated with the Department of Licensing, South Sound 911 or any police department, nor are they involved with the processing of your CPL application.*

Fees

  • Original License – $49.25
  • Renewal License – $32
  • Late Renewal License – $42
  • Replacement License – $10
  • Alien Firearm License – $83.25

Online applications will incur a $4 convenience fee and a credit card processing fee ($.30 + 2.9% of the total). There are no convenience fees for applications submitted in-person or when using the in-lobby kiosk.

* The listed fees include the $13.25 FBI fingerprint-based background check when applicable.

Renewing or Replacing a CPL

You may apply to replace a CPL at any time or 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 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.

 

Renew / Replace Online 

 

If you are unable to apply online, please call 253-798-7441 during business hours.

Upon request, South Sound 911 will waive late fees accrued March 13 – May 4, 2020. When applying online you will be initially assessed the late fee. After verification of the license expiration date, South Sound 911 will refund the late fee back to your original form of payment. To request late fees be waived, please email cpl@southsound911.org.

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 communication 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.

Application Status

Our online Order Tracker allows applicants with an email address on file to check the status of their application regardless of whether it was submitted online, at the kiosk, or in-person. You will need your order (application) number, the email address you provided, and password. If you do not know your password you can use the reset password function.

You may also choose to inquire with our staff; however, since information about CPL applications is protected by law, in order for South Sound 911 to provide information about your application or its status via email we must have proof of your identity. You may provide a copy (photocopy, scanned image, photograph) of the I.D. you presented at the time you applied as proof of your identity. Email the image of your I.D. to cpl@southsound911.org and we will respond with status information as soon as possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information about Washington state CPLs?

See the Washington State Department of Licensing firearms licensing website or review the state’s RCW 9.41.

Where else is my Washington CPL valid?

Visit the Washington State Attorney General’s website for reciprocal agreements with other states.

What do I do if there’s a mistake on the CPL you sent me?

If there is a typo or other verifiable mistake on a CPL South Sound 911 issues, we will provide a replacement CPL at no cost. You may either visit the public counter during normal business hours or get a replacement mailed to you. 

To have the replacement license mailed to you, please email a copy of both the incorrect CPL and your driver license (or the photo I.D. shown when you applied) to CPL@southsound911.org. South Sound 911 staff will issue the replacement license and mail it to you with a stamped, self-addressed envelope for you to return the incorrect CPL to South Sound 911.

What do I do if I haven’t received my CPL?

Typically, CPLs take 3-4 weeks to process. The processing time may vary as the background check relies on the responsiveness of other agencies, outside of South Sound 911’s control. Additionally, there may be delays in the mail.

Our online Order Tracker allows applicants with an email address on file to check the status of their application regardless of whether it was submitted online, at the kiosk, or in-person. Applicants will need the order (application) number, email address, and password. (Use the reset password function if you forgot or do not know your password.)

You may also choose to inquire with our staff; however, since information about CPL applications is protected by law, in order for South Sound 911 to provide information about your application or its status via email we must have proof of your identity. You may provide a copy (photocopy, scanned image, photograph) of the I.D. you presented at the time you applied as proof of your identity. Email the image of your I.D. to cpl@southsound911.org and we will respond with status information as soon as possible. 

My new Washington driver license or I.D. has a different number. Do I need to get a new CPL?

No. Beginning Sept. 4, 2019, Washington state began issuing new or renewed driver licenses with new randomly assigned letters or numbers in order to be compliant with the REAL ID Act. If your current concealed pistol license (CPL) references your old driver license number, you do not need to apply for or obtain a new/updated CPL.

How long does it take to process a CPL?

It takes 3-4 weeks to process an application for an original or CPL renewal.

I am in the military/a military dependent and my home of record is not Washington. Does this affect where I may apply?

No. “Residency” and “Home of Record” are different. “Residency” is where you physically live, not where you pay taxes, own property, etc.

I moved. How do I update my address on my CPL?

Updating your address is not a requirement; however, if you choose to update your address on your CPL, you may do so by applying for a replacement CPL. Current fees for replacement CPLs are on our Concealed Pistol Licenses page.

I got married/divorced and changed my name. How do I update my name on my CPL?

Updating your name on your CPL is not a requirement; however, if you choose to update your name, you may do so by applying for a replacement CPL. Current fees for replacement CPLs are on our Concealed Pistol Licenses page.

Is my CPL valid in other states?

Visit the Washington State Attorney General’s website for reciprocal agreements with other states.

To find out if any other states honor Washington’s CPL, please check with each state you plan to visit.