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This page provides information about the application process for Alien Firearms Licenses. Please click here for an application.

Applying for an Alien Firearms License

The application process for an Alien Firearms License typically takes about 60 minutes to complete, including fingerprinting. However, because we do not take appointments and process on a first come, first served basis, please be advised that the process may take longer.

Requirements of each applicant: (regardless if applying for an original or replacement license)

  • All applicants must provide the following items at time of application submittal:
  • Valid state driver’s license or state ID (any state)
  • Your valid Passport    
  • You must live in King County.  
  • You must be a legal temporary (non-immigrant) resident alien residing in WA.
  • Your current VISA,
  • The print out of your current I-94 (can be obtained from the US Department of Homeland Security’s website at  https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov
  • State Hunting License (any state) or Valid Sport-shooting Club Membership (original documents only)
  • Payment in the form of cash, personal check or money order made out to King County Sheriff’s Office or KCSO
  • The fee for an Alien Firearms License as of October 1, 2016 is $78.00
  • The waiting period to receive the Alien Firearm License is 60 days, and will be mailed 

Renewing Alien Firearms License

There is no renewal process for an Alien Firearms License.  Alien Firearms Licenses are good for two (2) years, and upon expiration, a new application must be submitted.

Replacing Alien Firearms License

The Sheriff’s Office will replace a lost, stolen or destroyed Alien Firearms License for license holders who currently live in King County; this service must be done in person.  There is a $10 replacement fee for this service.  Please note that replacement licenses will have the same expiration date as the original license and will be mailed when the background check is completed.

To receive a replacement license, you will need to bring:

  • Valid state driver’s license or state ID (any state)
  • Your valid Passport    
  • You must live in King County.  
  • Your current VISA,
  • The print out of your current I-94 (can be obtained from the US Department of Homeland Security’s website at  https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov
  • State Hunting License (any state) or Valid Sport-shooting Club Membership (original documents only)
  • Payment in the form of cash, personal check or money order made out to King County Sheriff’s Office or KCSO
  • The fee for a replacement Alien Firearms License as of October 1, 2016 is $10.00
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    Fees and Payment Methods

    Fees may be paid by cash, personal check or money order. Please note that we do not accept third party checks, and are unable to process payment by debit or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc).

    Personal check/money order requirements:

    • Both will need to be made payable to King County Sheriff’s Office or K.C.S.O.        
    • Checks must be preprinted and match the name on the license, listing name, address, and phone number.    

    More Information

    Further Information Regarding Alien Firearms Licenses may be obtained at: www.dol.wa.gov/business/firearms

     

     

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    Special Notice Effective December 9, 2015:
    Due to an increased volume of requests for CPLs and other fingerprinting services, you are asked to arrive by 2:00pm at the downtown Seattle courthouse location for any original CPL application and any other fingerprint services.  Please arrive by 4:00pm if you need a replacement or renewal CPL.  Please note, for fingerprint services (whether for CPL or other reason) wait times may exceed two hours.  Thank you for your patience.

    Locations and Times

    Records Unit
    King County Courthouse
    516 Third Ave, Rm W-150
    Seattle, WA 98104
    Phone: (206) 263-2626
    Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm, weekdays  **License applications are accepted only until 4:00pm. 
    Closed weekends and holidays