Concealed Pistol License
Due to an expected influx of fingerprints, please expect a delay when you come in. There are only two people allowed in the lobby at a time and masks are required, they will be provided if you do not have one. Before we take you back for fingerprints, we will have you sanitize your hands and ask you a couple basic questions. Thank you for your patience as we work through this.
Our concealed pistol license application is available now online! Click here to apply/renew.
NOTE: Walk-ins are welcome, but CPL fingerprint appointments will take priority.
(Never applied before, or expired more than 90 days) You may apply for a CPL online (at the link above) or in person at the Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday, between 9am and 4pm, excluding holidays. The fee is $49.25 payable in cash or check in person only or debit/credit card (with administrative fee).
If you live inside the city limits of one of the five (5) incorporated cities in Cowlitz County, you are encouraged to apply for a CPL at your local police department.
You may renew your CPL online (at the link above) or in person at the Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm, excluding holidays. If you live inside city limits, you are encouraged to renew your CPL at your local police department.
*You must reside within Cowlitz County or outside Washington State.
*You may renew your CPL up to 90 days before the expiration date on your CPL or up to 90 days after the expiration date.
--Beyond 90 days, you will be required to apply for an original CPL, including applicable fees.
*You must provide photo identification with current address and your expiring CPL.
*Renewal fee is $32 if done in the 90 days before expiration; $42 if done within the 90 days after expiration. Renewal fee may be paid with cash or check in person only or debit/credit card (with administrative fee).
Replacing Lost CPLs
If your CPL was issued in Cowlitz County and has gotten lost or been destroyed or stolen, you may obtain a replacement CPL. The replacement fee is $10 cash or check in person only or debit/credit card (with administrative fee).
Q: How long will it take to receive my CPL?
A: If your application is approved, both original and renewal CPLs are mailed within 30 days of the date of application.
Q: Are there other states where is my CPL valid?
A: Yes, there are other states that recognize the Washington CPL. However, you will need to check with the local jurisdiction within each state you plan to travel with a firearm. Others states may have their own rules and restrictions. The following states have reciprocity with the Washington State CPL (verified 7/17/2020):
Michigan (WA resident only)
This list is subject to change at any time. when traveling, it is best to verify reciprocity laws of the states in which you plan to be.
Contact an Oregon Sheriff’s Office to inquire about an Oregon Concealed Handgun License.