The Liquor and Cannabis Board does criminal background checks to ensure applicants for a new or renewed license are qualified. The background checks include a criminal record check through the Washington Judicial Access Browser System, the Washington State Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations database.
The LCB will conduct a threshold review for the following types of convictions:
|Conviction Type||Conviction Class||Time Consideration||Determination|
|Felonies||Class A and B convictions||10 years||Threshold review if 1 or more|
|Class C convictions||7 years||Threshold review if 2 or more|
|Misdemeanors||Gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors||3 years||Threshold review if 3 or more|
Individuals under active state or federal supervision will also have a threshold review.
Threshold review refers to a determination by management to issue or deny an application for a license. The criteria for threshold evaluations is listed in WAC 314-55-040 (5). If an application is sent to a threshold review, applicants will have an opportunity to submit information on their behalf for LCB to consider as the application is reviewed.