Concealed Pistol License

ATTENTION CPL APPLICANTS: As of July 1, 2021 the Bellingham Police lobby will be open on a limited basis, by appointment only. Please note there are still differences in how we are processing applications. Read carefully.

Applying for a new CPL?

Please call 360-778-8800 to receive further instructions regarding the packet (which will be mailed to you) and subsequent fingerprint appointment.

When we receive the completed application, there is a 30-day processing time.   If the application is incomplete in any way, the packet will be returned to you for correction.

Applying for a renewal?

Call 360-778-8800 and ask for a renewal application and one will be mailed to you. Renewal fees are listed at the bottom of the page.

Non COVID-19 operating instructions:

The Bellingham Police Department accepts completed Concealed Pistol License Applications on Tuesdays and Thursday​s between 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

To be eligible to apply for a Washington State Concealed Pistol License (CPL) with the Bellingham Police Department, you must be at least 21 years of age, and reside within the city limits of Bellingham or be a non-resident of the State of Washington. If you do not meet the residency requirement, you must apply to the city or county where you reside.

An application must be filled out and fingerprints taken. A Washington State Identification Card, Driver’s License, or other picture identification is required for the background check.

Your license will be mailed to you in approximately 30 days if you are a first-time applicant. Renewals and replacements will be processed and mailed upon completion.

Payment of the fee is due when you turn in your application. The fees are non-refundable if your application is denied. A CPL (if issued) is good for five (5) years from the date of issuance.

The fees for a CPL are:

  • New Application $49.25
  • Renewal $32 (90 to 0 days before expiration)
  • Late Renewal $42 (0 to 90 days after expiration)
  • Replacement $10 (If lost or stolen)

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