Alien firearms license
This page provides information about the application process for Alien Firearms Licenses. Download an Alien Firearms License application here.
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:
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 InformationFurther Information Regarding Alien Firearms Licenses may be obtained at: www.dol.wa.gov/business/firearms
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For any and all services provided by the Records Unit, it is recommended that you arrive at our downtown location no later than 3pm to ensure adequate time to fulfill your requests.
During holiday seasons and following major incidents beyond our control, it is best to arrive by 2pm to ensure your requests and needs are met.
For any and all fingerprint services or any CPL application please arrive no later than 3:30pm.
Locations and Times
King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave, Rm W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 263-2626
Hours are: 8:30am - 4:00pm, weekdays (effective April 2, 2018). License applications are accepted only until 3:30pm.
Closed weekends and holidays