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Applicants for a gambling license undergo criminal and financial background investigations to help ensure only qualified persons operate gambling activities. Background investigations typically take about 60-90 days to complete.

Individual

Commercial Business

Charitable and Nonprofit Organization

How the Licensing Process Works

After we receive your application, a licensing file is created and a Licensing Specialist is assigned to review and evaluate your application. A Special Agent may be assigned to conduct a criminal background check and to investigate the source of the money used in your gambling business. Investigations may involve local police as well as state, federal, national and international authorities to ensure all person that have a substantial interest in a gambling business are qualified to be licensed.

A copy of your application may be forwarded to the Special Agent assigned to your area. The agent may contact you to inspect your business site.

You may also be contacted during the licensing process to determine you eligibility to hold a license. We may request additional information such as leases, corporate papers, by-laws, purchase agreements, financial statements, criminal history statements, personal information forms, fingerprints, etc.

Once the investigative process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you qualify for a license.

If your application is approved, a license will be mailed to you within one to two days of approval.

If your application is denied, you will be provided with an explanation. The most common reasons for denial are insufficient information, failure to pay the proper fees or issues discovered during the criminal or financial background investigations.

You may supply additional information to prove your suitability or you may voluntarily withdraw your application. If you do not respond to requests from staff for additional information, we may close your file. If you do not pass our criminal or financial backgrounds checks, you may request an administrative hearing to explain your circumstances to an administrative law judge.

Training Requirements

State gambling rules require you to complete our training course within 30 days if you signed a licensing application, are a manager, or are responsible for conducting gambling activities or completing the records.

Please select your license type:

Fingerprinting Information

Along with your application, you are required to submit a fingerprint card. You may be fingerprinted at our Lacey office or you may go to your local law enforcement agency (city police or county sheriff).

Fingerprinting At Our Office:

  • We only fingerprint gambling license applicants and/or substantial interest holders.
  • Only the person being fingerprinted is allowed. Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Animals are not allowed, except those covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Make sure your hands are clean and dry prior to being fingerprinted (no lotion). If your hands are bleeding, have open wounds, or any fingers are bandaged, we are unable to roll your prints.
  • Valid identification is required at the time of printing.
  • It takes approximately 20 minutes and there is a $19 fee. This fee is non-refundable and paid prior to being printed. We do not accept credit or debit cards.
  • Neither the fingerprints nor the results will be returned to you.

Fingerprinting At Your Local Law Enforcement Office:

  • Make sure that the top portion of the card is filled in correctly.
  • The fingerprint card must be submitted with your completed application along with the appropriate fee(s).
  • Once received, the fingerprint card is sent to the Washington State Identification Section of the Washington State Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C., and any other jurisdiction deemed necessary to determine the qualification of each applicant.

Fingerprinting Forms

Applicant Notification and Record Challenge:

Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. You have the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information contained in the FBI identification record. The procedure for obtaining a change, correction, or updating a FBI identification record are set forth in Title 28, CFR, 16.34.

If you have any questions or would like to obtain your fingerprint card, please contact us on our toll-free number 1-800-345-2529 or (360) 486-3440.

License Application Reporting Requirements

This information is to be used only as a reference to assist applicants and licensees with the reporting timelines for records relating to gambling license applications as they pertain to WAC 230-03 and 230-06 only. This document should not be used in place of the WACs cited below. Licensees are responsible for knowing and following all WACs and RCWs.

Pre-Licensing or Application Process

 

WAC Reference

10 Days

30 Days

Other

FRE Equipment Distributors

WAC 230-03-010

 

 

Monthly schedule of RGA contracts

Incomplete application

WAC 230-03-035

 

X

 

Additional information required from applicants for licensing

WAC 230-03-050

 

X

Or within the timeframe we provide

Changes to information required on application or provided during application process

WAC 230-03-055

X

 

 

Complete training

WAC 230-03-070

 

X

 

Information required under commission rules

WAC 230-03-085(7)

 

X

Or within the timeframe we provide

Service Supplier Representative must report conflicts of interest

WAC 230-03-340

 

 

See rule

 

Post-Licensure

 

WAC Reference

10 Days

30 Days

Other

Information required under commission rules

WAC 230-03-085(7)

 

X

Or within the timeframe we provide

Conducting underage compliance test programs with minors

WAC 230-06-012

 

 

Before conducting the test

Changes to any information filed with application (original or renewal)

WAC 230-06-080(1)

 

X

 

Changes to information on original or renewal application, to include but not limited to: Articles of incorporation or bylaws, or any other documents which set out the organizational structure and purposes

WAC 230-06-080(2)

 

X

 

Changes to information on original or renewal application, to include but not limited to: Oral and written contracts and agreements which relate to gambling activities or alter the organizational structure of the licensee’s organization or business activities in Washington

WAC 230-06-080(2)

 

X

 

Changes to information on original or renewal application, to include but not limited to: All cash or asset contributions, draws from lines of credit, and loans (except those from recognized financial institutions) during any calendar year which by themselves or totaled together are more than $10,000. Cash or asset contributions do not include donations to licensed charitable or nonprofit organizations

WAC 230-06-080(2)

 

X

 

Changes to information on original or renewal application, to include but not limited to: Internal Revenue Service tax deductible status of contributions for charitable and nonprofit organizations

WAC 230-06-080(2)

 

X

 

Termination of card room employee

WAC 230-06-083

X

 

 

Criminal actions

WAC 230-06-085

 

X

 

Civil and administrative actions to include, but not limited to:

  • Actions filed against them by other gambling regulatory agencies, including those from other countries and Indian Tribes
  • Divorces
  • Bankruptcy
  • Tax liens
  • Business dissolutions
  • Patent infringement on gambling equipment

WAC 230-06-090

 

X

 

Name change

WAC 230-06-095

 

X

 

Changing the business location

WAC 230-06-100

 

 

X

Changes made to management, directors, officers, or any other position that makes management decisions

WAC 230-06-105

 

X

Nonprofit only reports at renewal time.

Changing of In-state Resident Agent

WAC 230-03-052

 

X

 

Change of stock

WAC 230-06-107

 

X

 

New Games/Equipment

WAC 230-06-050

WAC 230-15-040

 

X

Or within the timeframe we provide

Transfers of gambling equipment as part of a sale of a business

WAC 230-06-110(6)

 

 

X

Transferring gambling equipment when no longer licensed

WAC 230-06-120(2)

X

 

 

Service Supplier:

Changing gambling related services

WAC 230-06-080(2)

 

X