Get your license: Firearms dealers

Learn how to apply for a firearms dealer license through your local law enforcement agency.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who sells firearms wholesale or retail must have a federal firearms dealer license.

How to apply

  • Contact the law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction where your business is located.
  • The law enforcement agency will tell you what documents you need and where to get them.

About the application process

  • You must be fingerprinted and pass a background check done by local law enforcement agencies.
  • It takes around 30–60 days to get your firearm dealer license.
  • Your license is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.
  • The firearms dealer license fee is $125.
  • If your employees handle firearms, they must also pass background checks by local law enforcement agencies.
  • If you move your business, you must notify your local law enforcement agency to get a replacement dealer license.
  • If you open additional stores, contact your local law enforcement for dealer license requirements.

Related laws

Related information

Need additional help? Here's how to contact us:

call Phone: 360-664-6616
(TTY: Call 711)
fax Fax: 360-570-4945
mail Email:
location_on Address:
Firearms Section Department of Licensing
PO Box 9649
Olympia , WA 98507
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