Commissioned personnel of the Sheriff’s Investigative Division conduct thorough investigations of crimes occurring in unincorporated Spokane County and in municipalities that have contracted with the Sheriff’s Office for service. During 2001, over 28,000 crimes were reported to the Investigative Division. Once a report is received at the Investigative Division a supervisor reviews it and decides if it will be assigned to an investigator. The decision to assign the report is based on several factors to include: named suspects, identifiable suspect vehicle, type of crime, special circumstances concerning the crime, and other crimes being currently investigated of a high priority.


The Investigative Division consists of 17 commissioned officers assigned to Crimes Against Persons, 15 commissioned officers assigned to Crimes Against Property and 14 commissioned officers conducting drug investigations.

Fingerprinting and Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL)


Good news for everyone who has been waiting to apply for a new Concealed Pistol License (CPL)! 

The Sheriff’s Office, working with Spokane Police Records, who we contract with to keep costs low and eliminate the duplication of services, has implemented a new system for new CPL applicants. 

If you have been waiting to apply (thank you for your patience) or would like to apply for a new CPL, you can now do so online!

To start your application and schedule fingerprinting with our Forensic Unit (Public Safety Building, 1100 W. Mallon), as required by Washington State RCW, use the following link:  

For CPL applicants, only click the Concealed Pistol License option; your fingerprint appointment is part of that process.  Please do not schedule or pay for a separate appointment using the Fingerprinting Services page.

Appointments are limited and MUST be made ONLINE to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.    

Walk-ins without an appointment will NOT be processed.

Fingerprint customers will be required to wear a mask in accordance with the statewide mandate and we ask that you show up as close to your appointment time as possible so we can avoid crowding and maintain safe social distancing in the hallways.

Unfortunately, all other public fingerprint services remain closed at this time.  We’re working to get a similar online appointment process in place for non-CPL customers.  As soon as this option is available, we will reopen for: general fingerprinting, cab license/renewals, and adult entertainer license/renewals.

Again, we truly appreciate your patience during this long process, which we understand has been frustrating.