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The King County Sheriff’s Office processes Firearms Dealer Licenses for firearms businesses located in our jurisdiction. This area includes unincorporated King County, and the contract cities of Beaux Arts, Burien, Carnation, Covington, Kenmore, Maple Valley, Newcastle, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, Skykomish, and Woodinville. We do not take appointments for this service, and process applicants on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for a Firearms Dealer License application.

What You'll Need

  • Federal Firearms License
  • State Business License
  • WA state driver’s license or ID card with a photograph
  • Check or money order for $125 

As part of the application process, you will be fingerprinted. There is also a 30 day waiting period to complete the criminal history background check before the license is issued. The license will be mailed to you once approved.

Fees and Payment

The $125 fee may be paid by personal check or money order, made payable to the Washington State Treasurer. Please note that we do not accept cash or second party checks, and are unable to process payment by cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc).

Personal Checks requirements:

  • Verification by two (2) pieces of identification, with one being a WA state driver’s license or ID card with a photograph.
  • Checks must be preprinted, listing name, address, and phone number.
  • Information on the check must match with details of customer’s ID.


There is no renewal for a Firearms Dealer License. A new application must be submitted each year, and you must be fingerprinted and undergo a background check with each application.

Note: Be sure to submit your application more than 30 days before the expiration of your current license to ensure you receive your new license before the current one expires.

For questions regarding Firearms Dealer Licenses, please see: 


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
Closed weekends and holidays