Washington State CC Question

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    Washington State CC Question

    I am active military, and at the beginning of the new year, I am most likely getting stationed in Ft. Lewis, WA. Since they do not honor a TX CHL (only because TX will issue to under 21 if military) I am trying to research what I will have to do to get my license in WA. From what I can see on the website, all I have to do is contact the local sheriffs dept with my fingerprints and submit an application form and wait till they do the background check. Does anyone know if this is something I can do through mail so that I can have my license BEFORE I get there? Plus I would like to double check that there is no classroom requirements.
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    As far as I know, you have to show up in person to the Sheriff's office to do your fingerprinting. WA is pretty good about turn around times on CPLs. I got mine in a week. I had friends get theirs in 30 days, which is the max. There are NO training requirements for a WA CPL. Just show up, fill out the application (or do it before hand like I did and hand it in when you do your fingerprinting), and pay the $52 or so. It's been my experience that you'll get your CPL faster if you go through the local PD rather than the county Sheriff. You can only do that though if you're a resident of the local city. If you're in unincorporated Pierce county, you have to go to the Sheriff's office. If you do go through the local PD, you'll probably have to schedule an appointment.

    Without turning this into a CC vs OC debate, WA is a OC state (unlike Texas), so if you feel the need to carry before you get your CPL you can always OC. You just can't carry loaded in a vehicle.
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    A1GFiddler is correct. You will need to be a Washington Resident ( have a WA state drivers license) and go to the local police station of the city you live in or the Sheriff's office if you reside outside the city limits, do the finger prints, and if you pass the background check you got it. Almost forgot, PAY THE MONEY.
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    Yeah, pretty much what A1Fiddler said, I went to LESA to get mines, there are location right almost of the county city building. I receive my CHL in about two or three weeks, they do everything for you there and send you your CHL.
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    A1Fiddler is correct, no training requirements, and I think you do have to show up in person. The other question I have is will you be applying for a non-resident permit, or since you are moving here long term, getting the resident permit? Because I think if you are going for a resident permit, you might have to prove that you have lived here 90 days before you can get one. I'm not sure exactly how it reads, but you might be able to apply as soon as you get a WA driver's license.

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    Yes, fingerprints, background check, and for you....meeting the residency requirements (I dont know if there is a minimum on that).

    If they've caught up, you should have it in about a week.

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    Yes, I'm not a military guy so I'm not sure how that works either as far as residency goes. If you call the Pierce county Sheriff's office I'm sure they'll be happy to tell you.
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    If you haven't moved to WA yet, you can always apply for a non-resident permit. I did this and, once I moved to WA and met the 6-month residency requirement, replaced it with a resident permit. However, you do have to apply in person for the non-resident permit.

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