Washington issues gun permits for open and concealed carry of firearms.
The state requires that applicants meet all requirements of its gun law before applying.
Washington has a shall-issue policy for gun licenses. The local sheriff county or police department is in charge of processing the permit.
Washington does not issue purchase permits to buy firearms. But a buyer must complete a criminal record check while purchasing firearms.
The state issues pistol permits to both residents and non-residents.
Washington issues gun permits to those that are twenty-one years old and do not have federal or state prohibition against the possession of firearms.
You can open carry in Washington without a gun license as long as you are twenty-one years old or more, and you have legal rights to possess firearms. However, to openly carry loaded firearms, you must have a Washington pistol permit.
However, Washington still has location restrictions for the possession of firearms. Examples of these places are schools, courthouses, etc.
Washington prohibits the manufacturing, assembling, possession, and transfer of machine guns in the state.
Those exempted from this are law enforcement officers, military members, peace officers, and federally licensed individuals.
There are no prohibitions for the types of ammunition used in the state.
The requirements you must meet for the possession of a firearm in Washington include the following:
A summary of firearms permits issued in Washington includes the following:
Initial permit applications in Washington cost thirty-six dollars, but this includes a fee for fingerprints.
Renewal applications cost thirty-two dollars.
The processes to apply for gun permits in Washington includes the following:
You can visit your local county sheriff’s office to pick up the application or download it from the web portal.
Submit at a local law enforcement agency. Other documents you will provide includes:
You will receive a mail to notify you of an approved or a denied CCW application.
For the renewal permit process, you can begin the application ninety days before its expiry date, and you have until ninety days after the permit expires to complete the application.
However, any application after the expiry date will attract a late renewal fee.
If you do not renew your Washington pistol license ninety days after the expiry date, your permit becomes invalid, and you have to apply for a new one.
For gun permit reciprocity with other states, Washington requires specific requirements. It will only accept licenses from states that meet the requirements.
The requirements include the following:
Other aspects of its reciprocity include the following:
These states meet Washington gun license requirements, and their residents can possess firearms in Washington with the pistol permits. They are:
These states will allow you to possess firearms in their territory if you have a Washington gun license. The states are:
In Michigan, you need a Washington gun license to possess a firearm, and at the same time, you must meet some individual requirements too.
These are permitless carry states that do not require a gun license for either open or concealed carry in their territory. They include the following:
Some of the most frequently asked questions about Washington gun licenses, its renewal, application, and other important information includes the following:
Yes, you must obtain a Washington gun license before you conceal carry firearms in the state.
Washington pistol license is valid for five years.
Yes, non-residents can apply for gun licenses in Washington. However, the process cannot be completed via mail. The applicant has to appear physically at any law enforcement agency in Washington.
You can change the details of your gun license by notifying the sheriff's local county office and applying for the replacement permit. The cost for this is ten dollars.
For stolen, missing, or damaged permits, visit your county’s sheriff office and pay a fee of ten dollars to apply for the replacement permit.
As soon as you establish residency in Washington, you can apply for the gun license at the office of the county closest to your resident.
Yes, you can make use of your Washington gun license after moving to another state as long as you complete the change of residency application. The permit will be valid until its expiry date.
Yes, you need a Washington gun license to open carry loaded firearms. However, you can open carry unloaded firearms if you are at least twenty one years old, and you do not have a restriction for the possession of weapons in the state.
You must be at least twenty-one years old to apply for a gun permit in Washington.
No, you do not need a purchase permit to buy firearms in Washington.
No, you must complete a criminal record check before buying firearms from a licensed dealer in Washington, regardless of whether you are a pistol permit holder.
No, you do not need to be a pistol permit holder to possess firearms in your private properties, dwelling place, personal workplace, or anywhere you occupy by renting or leasing.
No, there are no requirements to complete firearm training for the application of gun licenses in Washington.
The processing period for a pistol permit application in Washington is thirty days with a driver’s license and sixty days without a driver’s license.
There are no ammunition restrictions in Washington. However, there is a prohibition for the possession of machine guns and automatic firearms except for law enforcement officers, peace officers, military members, and federally licensed individuals.
Yes, the state government has the authority to regulate firearms except that local municipalities may:
Yes, Washington gun law does not prohibit concealed carry of firearms while hunting.
However, it is a prohibition to shoot wildlife with such firearms, especially during bow hunting.
You must be at least eighteen years old before you can possess firearms legally in Washington.
Some of Washington pistol permit laws relating to the possession of firearms in the state include the following:
You can possess firearms in private vehicles if you have a pistol permit Washington or a gun license from a state that it recognizes if:
If you are carrying a firearm in your vehicle without a pistol license, it must not be visible from outside.
[Wash. Rev. Code 9.41.050(2)(a) and 9.41.050(3)(a)]
You can conceal carry firearms in roadside areas of the state as long as you have a Washington gun license or any permit from another state it recognizes.
According to the statutes, [Wash. Admin. Code 352-32-120], [Wash Admin. Code 332-52-145] and [Wash. Admin. Code 220-500-140] you can possess firearms in these places as long as you have a gun license issued by Washington or any state that it recognizes.
You can possess firearms in restaurant areas of the state if you have a Washington gun license or anyone from a state it recognizes.
However, it is prohibited to possess firearms in bar areas, even if it is a restaurant and bar venture.
[Wash. Rev. Code 9.41.300(d)]
Washington does not have gun laws against the possession of firearms in Hotels or similar lodging ventures. Management of these places can develop a policy to regulate the possession of weapons.
If you plan on visiting a hotel, make sure that you check its website for more information about its firearm requirements.