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Concealed Weapon Reciprocity

In order for Washington to recognize other states’ concealed weapons permits, Washington state's reciprocity law (RCW 9.41.073) dictates that the other state must:

  • Recognize Washington concealed pistol licenses;
  • Not issue concealed pistol licenses to persons under age 21; AND
  • Require a mandatory fingerprint-based background check for criminal and mental health history. 

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

Washington concealed pistol licenses will be recognized in the following states, and concealed weapons licenses issued in the listed states will be recognized in Washington state, so long as the handgun is carried in accordance with Washington law.

Arkansas   Mississippi    Oklahoma  
Idaho*   Missouri   Tennessee 
Kansas   North Carolina    Utah 
Louisiana     North Dakota***    
Michigan**   Ohio      

NOTE: Handguns must be carried in accordance with the law of the state you are visiting. Some states may recognize Washington permits, even though Washington doesn't recognize theirs. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your handgun.

*  Idaho Enhanced Permit only.
**  This states does not recognize non-resident concealed pistol licenses issued by Washington state.
***  Class 1 ND permits only.


This report is updated as reciprocity changes. The last update was 5/12/14.

  State   Reciprocity   Reason for Status
  Alabama   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check. Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license.
 
  Alaska   No   No CPL requirement to carry concealed.  No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  Arizona   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  Arkansas   Yes   Meets WA requirements. 
           
  California   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  Colorado   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  Connecticut   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  Delaware   No   Does not have sufficient mental health background check. WA does not have training required by Delaware.
 
  District of Columbia   No   Does not permit either its own residents or any non-resident to carry a concealed weapon, therefore no reciprocity possible.
 
  Florida   No   Allows under 21-yrs-old honorably discharged veterans to have license.
           
  Georgia   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  Hawaii   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  Idaho   Yes   Meets WA requirements. *Idaho Enhanced Permit only.*
           
  Illinois   No   Does not permit either its own residents or any non-resident to carry a concealed weapon, therefore no reciprocity possible.
 
  Indiana   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check. Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license.
 
  Iowa   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. Allows under 21-yrs-old for professional permits.
 
  Kansas   Yes   Meets WA requirements.
  Kentucky   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  Louisiana   Yes   Meets WA requirements. 
           
  Maine   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. Mandatory mental health background check does not appear to meet WA requirement. Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license.
 
  Maryland   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  Massachusetts   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  Michigan   Yes   Meets WA requirements. *MI does not recognize non-resident concealed pistol licenses issues by WA.* 
           
  Minnesota   No   WA does not have training required by MN.
 
  Mississippi   Yes   Meets WA requirements. 
           
  Missouri   Yes   Meets WA requirements.
           
  Montana   No   Mandatory mental health background check does not appear to meet WA requirement. Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license.
 
  Nebraska   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check. WA does not meet NE training requirement.
 
  Nevada   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  New Hampshire   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check. Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license.
 
  New Jersey   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  New Mexico   No   No mandatory mental health background check. Will not enter into formal agreement with other states.
 
  New York   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  North Carolina   Yes   Meets WA requirements. 
           
  North Dakota   Yes   Meets WA requirements. *Class 1 ND permits only.* 
           
  Ohio   Yes   Meets WA requirements. 
           
  Oklahoma   Yes   Meets WA requirements. 
           
  Oregon   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  Pennsylvania   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. Mandatory mental health background check does not appear to meet WA requirement.
 
  Rhode Island   No   Does not recognize out of state permits.
 
  South Carolina   No   WA does not meet SC training requirement.
 
  South Dakota   No   Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license. No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check.
 
  Tennessee   Yes   Meets WA requirements.
           
  Texas   No   Allows under 21-yrs-old honorably discharged veterans to have license.
 
  Utah   Yes   Meets WA requirements.
           
  Vermont   No   Does not have a concealed weapons law. Does not issue permits. Therefore no reciprocity possible.
 
  Virginia   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. No mandatory mental health background check.
 
  West Virginia   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check. Allows under 21-yrs-old to have license if condition of employment.
 
  Wisconsin   No   No mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background check.
   
  Wyoming   No   No mandatory mental health background check.
 
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