What is LEOSA?
It is a program that allows the issuing of firearms ID cards to residents of Washington State who are qualified retired/separated law enforcement officers. Retired/separated officers need not have worked in Washington State but must be residents here in order to apply. Military Police in the U.S. Armed Forces that had statutory powers of arrest or apprehension authority are also eligible. Civilian police officers that worked for the Department of Defense are also eligible. Once you earn your LEOSA certification it is valid for one year. To maintain your certification you must renew it each year.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA - 18USC926C) authorizes retired and separated law enforcement officers nationwide to carry concealed weapons throughout the country. To qualify, retired officers must (1) be retired or separated in good standing as a law enforcement officer for reasons other than mental instability; (2) prior to retirement have been authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law; (3) prior to retirement have had the statutory powers of arrest; (4) have served at least 10 years; (5) not be prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm; and (6) qualify annually with the weapon they are carrying. To read more about LEOSA please visit the Washington Association of Sheriff’s & Police Chiefs (WASPC) website's LEOSA page.
How do I get a LEOSA Certification?
You have three options:
- Select a date from our website schedule to obtain your LEOSA certification through the WSCJTC
- Contact the agency you retired from and inquire if they do LEOSA certifications
- Select a certified instructor from our PS Certified Firearms Instructor Directory and have them administer the handgun qualification (cost may vary).
If you choose to have your LEOSA certification done through the WSCJTC, you need to send in an application form pay the required fee, and send us a copy of your retired agency ID or credential and a passport style photo for the ID card. Select the date from our schedule that you would like to come to our facility range to qualify.
You also have the option of off-campus range qualifications, if available; they are listed in the on our Firearms LEOSA Concealed Carry Qualification, Course #5035 page.
Once you pass the qualification you will be issued a basic LEOSA certificate until your ID card is mailed to you. The card is valid for one year.
If you qualify at the WSCJTC, the cost is $100 for new applicants and $50 for renewals. If you select a non-WSCJTC campus location the fee is $50 for new applicants and $25 for renewals. Cash, Check or Money Orders are accepted. We cannot process credit card payments. Please make checks payable to the WSCJTC.
Applications and Forms:
LEOSA WA Application (12/2013) The address to send it to is on the form.
LEOSA Range Qualification Test Sheet Bring this form with you to the range.
Former Employer Letter Templat