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Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board (CPLRB)

The Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board (“Board” or “CPLRB”) was established pursuant to the authority under Title IX of the Firearms Regulation Control Act of 1975 (DC Official Code §7-2501 et seq.), effective January 6, 2015 (DC Act 20-564; 62 DCR 866), and Chapter 23 (Guns and Other Weapons) of Title 24 (Public Space and Safety) to of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), to review appeals of any denials of an application for a concealed pistol license (“CPL”) issued by the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (“Chief”). The CPLRB also is responsible for handling appeals from license revocations and suspensions.

Below you will find the following: (1) Instructions to appeal adverse actions to the CPLRB; (2) Frequently asked questions; and, (3) Links to applicable laws and regulations.

Instructions to Appeal Adverse Actions to the CPLRB

If you are an APPLICANT appealing a DENIAL of an application for a concealed pistol license (CPL), or a current license HOLDER appealing any other ADVERSE ACTION related to a CPL, issued by the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (“Chief”), please submit the following via email to [email protected]

  1. A copy of the firearms registration certificate or approved Form PD219 Application for the pistol you seek to carry concealed (reach out to MPD if you have questions about your registration status);
  2. A copy of the Chief’s final action being appealed, for example, the Notice of Denial or Notice of Revocation;
  3. A description of reasons why you believe the Chief’s final action may be in error and the relief sought from the Board; and,
  4. Proper authorization for representation, pursuant to 1 DCMR § 1204.2 as applicable.

Please ensure that you have provided the above-described documents in ONE document in PDF format to expedite the processing of your appeal. Please note that, while you are REQUIRED to submit EMAIL appeals during public and health emergencies, you are strongly encouraged to submit email appeals at ALL TIMES.

Note that your appeal request “shall be filed within fifteen (15) days after the date of the appellant’s receipt of the notice of the Chief’s final action from which the appeal is being requested.” § 1202.2; see also § 1201.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I want to carry a concealed handgun in the District of Columbia what should I do?

In order to carry a concealed pistol in the District of Columbia, you first must seek to obtain a valid registration certificate for the pistol you wish to carry concealed by filing an application for a firearms registration certificate (“PD 219”). Reach out to the Firearms Registration Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department for any questions about registration. Get more information on registration.

  1. How do I obtain a registration certificate?

The Metropolitan Police Department is the agency responsible for registering firearms in District of Columbia. Reach out to the Firearms Registration Branch to obtain a registration certificate. See link above.

  1. My PD 219 registration application was denied, or my registration certificate was revoked. What do I do now?

    You must have a valid registration certificate to be eligible for a CPL. The Board typically will dismiss an appeal of an adverse CPL action absent a valid registration certificate.
  2. I have applied for my registration, now what?

You now may apply for a concealed pistol license or CPL. Get instructions on applying for a concealed carry license.

  1. My CPL application has been denied, or my CPL revoked. What should I do?
  • If you have obtained an approved registration certificate, but your CPL application was denied, or your existing CPL was revoked, you must appeal the CPL denial or revocation to the Board at [email protected] consistent with the instructions above within 15 days. For instructions on appeals of suspensions, please refer to the Notice of Suspension you were issued.
  • If you have received a Firearms Registration Disapproval Notice, or your PD 219 application has been denied, follow the instructions on that notice or denial to appeal the adverse registration action.
  • If the Chief has not approved or denied your registration application within 60 days of the date of your submission (or 90 days if the Chief has extended that deadline), the law considers your PD 219 application constructively denied and you may file an appeal of that denial with the Firearms Registration Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department.

    Again, absent a current and valid registration certificate, your appeal of a CPL adverse action typically will be dismissed.


Laws and Regulations[PDF]

View regulations and laws pertaining to the Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board:

1 DCMR Chapter 12

See Also:
Board Final Rule Amending Sections 1210, 1218 - 68 DC Reg. 42 (October 15, 2021)
Board Final Rule Amending Sections 1202, 1205, 1226  - 68 DC Reg. 21 (May 21, 2021)

DC Code § 22-4506 Issue of a license to carry a pistol

DC Code § 7-2509 License to Carry a Pistol

Title 24 DC Municipal Regulations Chapter 23