SB 5508

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C 249 L 19

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Clarifying background check requirements for an application for a concealed pistol license.

Sponsors: Senators Fortunato, Darneille, Saldaña, Pedersen, King, Sheldon, Hobbs, Dhingra, Holy and Wilson, L.; by request of Washington State Patrol.

Senate Committee on Law & Justice

House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary

Background: It is generally unlawful for a person to carry a pistol concealed on their person, except in the person's abode or fixed place of business, unless they have a valid concealed pistol license (CPL). Carrying a concealed pistol without having a CPL is a misdemeanor offense. Failure to carry a CPL in one's immediate possession while carrying a concealed pistol is a civil infraction.

To obtain a CPL, a person must submit an application along with a complete set of fingerprints to the local law enforcement agency. The agency may not deny the CPL unless the person:

In order to verify eligibility for the CPL, the local law enforcement agency must conduct a check through:

The requirement to check those systems applies whether the applicant is applying for an original CPL or to renew a CPL.

A CPL is valid for five years. The fee for an original CPL is $36, plus additional charges imposed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), that are passed on to the applicant. A CPL holder may renew the license by applying for renewal within 90 days before or after expiration of the license. The renewal takes effect on the expiration date of the previous license. The renewal fee is $32, and if the licensee renews after the expiration date, an additional $10 late renewal penalty applies.

Summary: A background check for an original CPL must be conducted through the WSP Criminal Identification Section and must include a national check from the FBI through the submission of fingerprints. The results will be returned to the law enforcement agency.

The applicant may request a copy of the results of the background check from the law enforcement agency. If the applicant needs to amend or correct their record, the applicant must contact the WSP to correct a Washington State record, or the FBI to correct records from another jurisdiction.

Votes on Final Passage:







(House amended)




(Senate concurred)


May 7, 2019