The following information is intended to provide basic information regarding the process of applying for a concealed pistol license (CPL).  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Getting a CPL during the coronavirus pandemic

We are happy to begin processing new (original) CPLs by appointment only.  You must adhere to the following guidelines for a successful process.  Failure to follow these instructions properly may result in delays, a cancellation or rescheduling of your appointment, or a denial of your application.

For new (original) licenses:

  • Call Sumner Police to make an appointment at 253-863-6384.  Please be patient as staffing is limited, and volumes are expected to be high.
  • Appointments are currently available on limited days and times.
  • The applicant’s current residential address MUST be within Sumner’s city limits; be prepared to show proof of residency if necessary.  Residents of other cities/areas must apply with their agency of jurisdiction.
  • Bring a fully completed Concealed Pistol License Application.
  • Bring your driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
  • Bring the appropriate payment (cash or check/money order only, payable to CITY OF SUMNER).
  • Bring your permanent resident alien card, if applicable.
  • Do not bring anybody else (children/pets/etc) to the appointment. 
  • Face mask usage is REQUIRED at all times.
  • If you are feeling sick or showing symptoms, stay home and reschedule.
  • If there are cuts or injuries to your fingers, we will be unable to take prints.
  • Applicants who do not arrive on time or miss their appointment will need to reschedule.
  • Hand-washing will be required before fingerprinting.
  • Do NOT use hand-sanitizer before the appointment, as it may adversely affect print quality.

For Renewal, Late Renewal or Replacement Licenses:

You do not need an appointment to renew or replace your CPL because fingerprints do not need to be taken.  Please visit City Hall during in-person hours, OR submit your application by mail. 

For ALL renewals or replacement applications:

  • The applicant’s current residential address MUST be within Sumner’s city limits; be prepared to show proof of residency if necessary.  Residents of other cities/areas must apply with their agency of jurisdiction.
  • You may renew your CPL starting at 90 days prior to expiration.  You may renew up to 90 days AFTER expiration with an added late fee.
  • Please review the table (below) to determine which application you qualify for and the cost.
  • Please bring your driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
  • Please bring your current CPL card, if available.
  • Please bring the appropriate payment (cash or check/money order only, payable to CITY OF SUMNER).
  • Please bring your permanent resident alien card, if applicable.

If submitting a renewal/replacement by mail:

  • Download and print the CPL application and fill it out completely.
  • Make a copy of your driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
  • Make a copy of your current CPL card, if available.
  • Make a copy of your current permanent resident alien card, if applicable.
  • Write a check or money order for the appropriate amount (see table below), payable to the CITY OF SUMNER.
  • Place all items (application, copy of ID, copy of CPL card, copy of permanent resident alien card if applicable, and payment) into an envelope and mail it to the Sumner Police Department at 1104 Maple St, Sumner WA 98390
  • Please ensure that you send your documentation with plenty of time for payment processing.  If you send us renewal documents and your license expires before we process your payment, you will be responsible for the late renewal fee.
  • If you are unsure or have questions, please call us first.

Who can apply for a CPL at the Sumner Police Department?

Residents who live within Sumner’s city limits may submit their application to the Sumner Police Department or the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office (through South Sound 911). Keep in mind that having a “Sumner” mailing address is not the same thing as residing within the city limits.

If you live in unincorporated areas, you must apply with your local Sheriff’s Office.  If you live in another city’s limits, you may apply with that police department or the local Sheriff’s Office. These restrictions are set by law. 

If you are unsure whether your address is within the Sumner city limits, please call us at 253-863-6384 and we can check for you.

What will I need to bring with me?

  • Concealed Pistol License Application (print and fill out in advance)
  • Valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  • Permanent Resident Alien Card, if applicable
  • Payment (cash or check/money order only, payable to CITY OF SUMNER)
  • Your old CPL, if available (for renewals)

How much does it cost?

If You:Apply For:Cost:
Never had a CPL, or are expired past 90 daysOriginal$49.25
Are still current/valid, and within 90 days of expirationRenewal$32
Have already expired, but not by more than 90 daysLate-Renewal$42
Lost your CPL, or wish to update your infoReplacement$10
CPL payments are non-refundable – please ensure you meet all requirements before submitting your application.

Do I have to get a new CPL if my information changes?

You may choose to, but are not required to, get a replacement CPL if your basic information changes, such as moving to another place, your name changes (if you got married, etc), or if your weight or hair color changes.

Do I have to get fingerprinted and is there a background check?

Fingerprints are taken for new/original licenses only.  Sumner PD provides CPL fingerprinting by appointment only.  Please call us to inquire about times and dates.  A background check is also completed – if you are unsure of your eligibility, you may wish to consult an attorney before applying.

For safety and security reasons, we can only allow the applicant into the fingerprinting area, which is in a restricted-access location.  Please leave non-service animals and minor children at home and/or with a responsible adult while you are here as we cannot be responsible for them. Failure to follow this instruction may result in a cancellation or rescheduling of your appointment.

How long will it take?

Processing may take up to 30 or 60 days depending on the type of applicant.  If approved, we will mail your CPL to the address you provided on your application.

Contact Us

Sumner Police Department
1104 Maple Street, Suite 140, Sumner WA 98390
Business Line: 253-863-6384   Tip Line: 253-299-5678
Animal Control: 253-299-PETS (7387)
FAX:  253-299-5669

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