Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

The Attorney General’s Office periodically reviews the laws of other states to determine whether those laws meet the requirements for Washington to reciprocally recognize a concealed pistol license or permit issued by those states. The Attorney General is required by law to publish a list of states with which Washington has reciprocity. That list is below.

To gather this information, we send out an annual survey to each state. As we obtain updated responses, we revise the list of reciprocal states and their laws.

For another state’s concealed pistol license or permit to be recognized in Washington, Washington’s reciprocity law (RCW 9.41.073) requires that the other state:

  1. Recognize and give effect to concealed pistol licenses issued by Washington;
  2. Not issue concealed pistol licenses or permits to persons under age 21; and
  3. Require a mandatory fingerprint-based background check for criminal and mental health history. 

Washington’s law recognizing concealed pistol licenses or permits from other states is clear, unambiguous, and confers no discretion on the Attorney General or any other Washington entity to ignore or waive any of its requirements.


With certain qualifications as indicated, the following table lists the states which will recognize a Washington concealed pistol license as long as the pistol is carried in accordance with the law of the state, and from which a concealed pistol license or permit issued by those states will be recognized in Washington so long as the pistol is carried in accordance with Washington law. 

Some states may recognize a Washington concealed pistol license, even though Washington doesn't recognize theirs. If so, the pistol must be carried in accordance with the law of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your pistol.

This list is updated regularly, but it may not reflect very recent changes to the law. The last update was on 10/17/18.

Idaho - Enhanced Permit only
Kansas
Louisiana
Michigan - Michigan does not recognize non-resident concealed pistol licenses issued by Washington state.
North Carolina
North Dakota - Class 1 North Dakota permits only
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Dakota - South Dakota Enhanced Permit only. Restricted 18 to 20 year old Enhanced Permit is not recognized by Washington.
Utah -Utah Provisional Concealed Firearm Permit not recognized

The following table lists all of the states and the District of Columbia and indicates whether there is reciprocity between Washington and each jurisdiction and if not, why not. This list is updated regularly, but it may not reflect very recent changes to the law. The last update was on 10/17/18

  State   Reciprocity   Reason for Status
  Alabama   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check. Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Alaska   No   Insufficient mental health background check.
 
  Arizona   No   No mandatory mental health background check.  Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Arkansas   No   Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
           
  California   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Colorado   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  Connecticut   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Delaware   No   Insufficient mental health background check. Washington does not mandate the training required by Delaware for reciprocity.
 
  District of Columbia   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Florida   No   Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
           
  Georgia   No  

No mandatory mental health background check.  Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.

  Hawaii   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Idaho   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. *Idaho Enhanced Permit only.*
           
  Illinois   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Indiana   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based background check or mental health background check. Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Iowa   No  

No mandatory fingerprint-based background check.  Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.

  Kansas   Yes  

Meets Washington requirements.

  Kentucky   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check or mental health background check.
 
  Louisiana   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. 
           
  Maine   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based background check. Mental health background check does not appear to meet Washington standards. Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Maryland   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Massachusetts   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Michigan   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. *Michigan does not recognize non-resident concealed pistol licenses issued by Washington.*
           
  Minnesota   No   Washington does not mandate the training required by Minnesota for reciprocity.
 
  Mississippi   No   Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
           
  Missouri   No   Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
           
  Montana   No   Mental health background check does not appear to meet Washington standards.  Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Nebraska   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based background check or mental health background check.  Washington does not mandate the training required by Nebraska for reciprocity.
 
  Nevada   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  New Hampshire   No  

No mandatory fingerprint-based background check or mental health background check.  Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.

  New Jersey   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  New Mexico   No  

No mandatory mental health background-check. Washington does not mandate the training required for New Mexico to recognize Washington’s license.

  New York   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  North Carolina   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. 
           
  North Dakota   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. *Class 1 North Dakota permits only.* 
           
  Ohio   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. 
           
  Oklahoma   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. 
           
  Oregon   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  Pennsylvania   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based background check. Mandatory mental health background check does not appear to meet Washington requirement.
 
  Rhode Island   No   Does not recognize out-of-state licenses.
 
  South Carolina   No   Washington does not mandate the training required by South Carolina for reciprocity.
 
  South Dakota   Yes   Meets Washington requirements *South Dakota Enhanced Permit only.* (Does not include: “Restricted 18 to 20 year old Enhanced Permit”)
 
  Tennessee   No   Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
           
  Texas   No   Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Utah   Yes   Meets Washington requirements. *Utah Provisional Concealed Firearm Permit is not recognized because the permit is issued to individuals under the age of 21*
           
  Vermont   No   Does not have a concealed weapons law. Does not issue licenses.
 
  Virginia   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based background check or mental health background check.
 
  West Virginia   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based background check or mental health background check. Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.
 
  Wisconsin   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check.
   
  Wyoming   No   No mandatory mental health background check. Allows persons under 21-yrs-old to have a license.