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Concealed Pistol Licenses
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 - apply at your local police department.
Your CPL is valid for five (5) years
Renewal - prior to expiration of current CPL
Late Renewal - within 90 days after expiration of current CPL
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
For more information on CPLs, click below on the subject you are interested in.
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