The following administrative services are offered by the Mercer Island Police Department:
Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL)
The City of Mercer Island Police Records Department issues Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) to Mercer Island residents only.
To apply for a CPL or to renew an existing CPL, please follow the instructions below pertaining to the specific CPL you are applying for (new CPL, renewal or late renewal). To save processing time, please download the CPL application and complete it prior to arrival (applications are also available at the Police Records window and may be filled out on the day of application).
You must appear in person with a completed CPL application, provide identification, pay the associated fee, and provide a set of fingerprints which will be taken during the application process.
CPL processing hours are as follows:
New Concealed Pistol License applications will be accepted by appointment only on Mondays between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm and Thursdays between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. Appointments are made on the hour and half hour (9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30). For an appointment, please call 206-275-7610 or email PD-Records@mercergov.org. If you reach voicemail, identify which time slot you prefer and leave a phone number where you can be reached. Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis. You will receive a call or email confirming your appointment time.
Renewal CPL's which are within 90 days of the license expiration date will be processed during normal business hours and do not require fingerprinting. If you are renewing your CPL, please bring your current CPL when applying for your renewal.
Renewal CPL's which are expired by more than 90 days require fingerprints and will be processed the same as new CPL applications, during the same hours.
Original CPL fee: $48.00
Renewal fee: $32.00
Late Renewal fee: $42.00
Replacement License: $10.00
Firearms Dealer License:$125.00
Alien Firearms License: $74.25
Fees for CPL's are defined and set by Washington State RCW 9.41.070. Cash, check or credit/debit card are accepted.
For firearms safe storage information "Lok-it-up" click here
Residential and Commercial Alarms and Security Camera Systems
Mercer Island Police Officers and Firefighters responded to an average of 858 alarms per year over the past five years. Of the alarms responded to, only a small fraction were found to be valid. Each alarm response draws from limited resources and poses increased risks to the community when emergency vehicles are responding.
What is a False Alarm?
An alarm dispatch request is deemed a false alarm when the Police or Fire Department respond and find no evidence of a criminal or attempted criminal offense; or risk from fire, heat, water, or smoke.
False Alarm Ordinance
Title 8.10 of the Mercer Island City Code encourages residents and business with alarms to register with the City and sets forth an enforcement process and fines for reducing false alarm dispatches.
Alarm and Security Camera Voluntary Registration
Residents and businesses who register their alarm with the City have the option of listing an emergency contact person and phone number. This will allow officers to make contact with a responsible party in the event the homeowner is not home or is not available to respond to an alarm or suspected breach of the alarm system.
In addition, the City is offering voluntary security camera registration for residents. Security camera footage can be the key to solving crimes in our community. When a crime occurs in a neighborhood, there is no quick way to determine if a home in the same area has a surveillance camera which may have recorded the incident and/or suspect(s). Therefore, residents are encouraged to register their security camera(s) with the City. In the event a crime occurs, MIPD Detectives will be able to access the Security Camera database quickly to determine if there are any active security camera systems in the area surrounding the crime scene. If it is determined a camera system in the area may have captured important footage, the detective will contact the resident(s) and request permission to view the footage from their security camera.
Click here to fill out the Alarm and Security Camera Registration Form.
Warnings and Fines
An alarm user shall be subject to the following warning or fines, depending on the number of false alarm dispatches emitted from an alarm system within a calendar year:
- 1st false alarm dispatch: warning letter only
- 2nd false alarm dispatch: $75.00 fine
- 3rd false alarm dispatch: $100.00 fine
- 4th false alarm dispatch: $125.00 fine
- 5th or more false alarm dispatches: $150.00 fine
False Alarm Prevention
- Make sure that everyone in your home or business has manually operated the alarm system and understands what to do if anyone accidentally sets it off.
- Before turning on your burglar alarm system, make sure that all doors and windows are closed and locked.
- Make sure that rooms with motion sensors are free of pets, air currents, party decorations, or anything else that can accidentally activate the alarm.
- Notify workers on the premises of the existence of an alarm system and/or take precautions so they will not activate the alarm.
- Have an alarm technician inspect your system after a false alarm which appears to be a result of a mechanical or technical malfunction.
- All police/fire and medical calls for service are dispatched through NORCOM. Provide your alarm monitoring service NORCOM’s number (425-577-5656) to report activations of alarms.
Questions or Information
For answers to alarm questions, to register your alarm, or for general alarm related questions, please call the Alarms Administrator at 206-275-7900.
The Mercer Island Records Department does not provide general fingerprinting services.
Local Fingerprinting Services:
Bellevue Fingerprinting Service
11671 SE 1st Street, Suite 202
Bellevue, WA 98005
Monday-Friday: 9:30 am-11:30 am and 12:30 pm-5:30 pm
304 Main Avenue S
Renton, WA 98057
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Puget Sound Educational Service District Office (Educators only)
800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98055
By appointment only
Please visit our Crime Stats page for more detail
Boat Trailer Parking Regulations
FAQ’s for Boat/Trailer parking on Mercer Island:
- Q: Can my trailer without the boat be left in front of my property?
A: Ordinance No. 09C-12, codified at MICC 10.36.229
, applies to parking of a boat and/or trailer alongside an owner’s property, provided the boat and/or trailer is no more than 9 feet in height or 27 feet in length. The boat and/or trailer may remain in a legal parking area alongside the registered owner’s property up to 72 hours
, consistent with MICC 10.36.225,
after which time the boat and/or trailer may be cited with a parking infraction and/or towed. MICC 10.36.225 and .229(B)(5) should be read together; parking regulations therefore apply even to trailers without boats.
- Q: Why is the City changing the interpretation of the ordinance?
A: Questions on interpretation of this ordinance were brought to our attention by citizens in early 2015. Based on legislative history research, including reviewing audio records from the applicable City Council meetings of 2009, it was determined that the original legislative intent of the City Council was to allow limited boat and/or trailer parking alongside the registered owner’s property subject to the 72-hour rule (October 2009 [AB 4470; Ord. No. 09C-12]).
The legislative history determined the true intent of the ordinance is to allow boat and/or trailer parking consistent with MICC 10.36.229(B)(5) and subject to the 72-hour restriction in MICC 10.36.225. It was also determined that the intent was for oversized vehicles that are boats on trailers or trailers alone to be allowed to park alongside the owner’s property as any other “vehicle” would be allowed to be parked. Currently, the time limit for continuous vehicle parking on City right-of-way (that is not otherwise posted) is a maximum of 72 hours.
- Q: Where am I able to park my boat for the winter?
A: You may park your boat and/or trailer on your own property. There are also various regional storage facilities such as outdoor parked storage, dry stacked storage, or indoor warehouse storage.