Whether you're new to owning a firearm or have had a gun for home defense for years, getting a concealed handgun permit may seem daunting. It doesn't have to be. There are many reasons and ways to carry a concealed weapon, but the first step is knowing Michigan's concealed carry laws. Applying for a CPL varies by state.
Read about the process for getting a Michigan Concealed Pistol License below.
COMPLETE a firearms training course
DOWNLNOAD the application or pick one up from the county clerk’s office.
VISIT the county clerk’s office of the county in which you reside and sign the application under oath. Include the following documents:
Pay the fee.
Have classifiable fingerprints taken by the county clerk, state police, sheriff’s office, local police agency or other entity that provides fingerprinting services. Provide the pistol application receipt to the provider.
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.
The county clerk shall issue a license or notice of statutory disqualification within 45 days after the date the applicant has classifiable fingerprints taken.
Applicants must complete safety training from an Instructor that is Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified. The training must be within five years preceding the date of application and include the following:
The pistol safety training course requirement is waived for a new applicant who is a retired police officer or a retired law enforcement officer as defined in MCL 28.421(1)(o).
An applicant must:
*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Michigan.
45 Day Processing Time
$115 Permit Renewal Fee
$100 Initial Permit Fee
Valid between Four and Five Years. Permit expires on Birthdate between 4-5 Years from Original Issue.
Michigan issues non-resident licenses only to active-duty military stationed in Michigan.
Moving to Michigan and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?Michigan issues licenses to residents and active-duty military stationed in Michigan only. You can apply for your license to your county clerk once you have been a legal resident of the State of Michigan for at least 6 months, active duty military permanently stationed in Michigan or active duty military stationed outside of Michigan, but Michigan is the applicant's home of record. However, if a new Michigan resident has a current concealed carry license from another state, Michigan will accept that and waive the 6-month residency requirement.
Moving from Michigan and have a Michigan resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Michigan license remains valid?If a person with a Michigan concealed pistol license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.
Renewals are the responsibility of the licensee. An application to renew a CPL may be submitted not more than six months before, nor one year after, the expiration of the current CPL. CPL holders will be notified that their license is approaching expiration by their county clerk three to six months prior to the expiration of their current license. CPLs can be renewed in person at the county clerk's office, via U.S. Mail or online.
Online - Those eligible to submit their CPL renewal application online will receive a renewal notice through the U.S. mail from the county clerk that issued their CPL containing a PIN. CPL holders who receive renewal notices not containing a PIN are not eligible to renew online. However, you may submit a completed CPL renewal application, with payment, to the MSP CPL Unit, P.O. Box 30634, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or renew in person at their county clerk’s office.
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.
The county clerk will notify you three to six months prior to expiration that your permit is approaching expiration. Those eligible to submit their CPL renewal application online will receive notice from your county clerk. Permit holders who receive notices not containing a PIN are not eligible for online renewal.
COMPLETE at least three hours of training and at least one hour of firing range time within six months preceding the renewal application.
DOWNLOAD the CPL renewal application or if you received a renewal notice from the county clerk that issued their CPL containing a PIN, you may proceed to the online renewal page to submit your renewal application.
IN-PERSON OR MAIL RENEWAL
For those not renewing online, you may renew in person at their county clerk’s office or via the U.S. Mail at the address below. Once you submit a completed CPL renewal application and pay the renewal fees, you will be issued a receipt. If an individual applies for a renewal license prior to the expiration of his or her license, the expiration date of the current license is extended until the renewal license or notice of statutory disqualification is issued. A person carrying a concealed pistol after the expiration of his or her license pursuant to such an extension shall keep the receipt issued by the county clerk and his or her expired license in his or her possession at all times he or she is carrying the pistol. The receipt, when carried with the expired license, shall serve as a valid CPL until the new license or notice of statutory disqualification is received.
MSP CPL Unit
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, Michigan 48909
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.
The issuing authority shall issue a license or notice of statutory disqualification.
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