An applicant must complete the CPL Application and return the unsigned form and documentation of the required training to the county clerk's office in the county in which he or she resides.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted into the United States, have knowledge and training in the safe use and handling of a pistol by successfully completing an appropriate pistol safety training course or class and be a legal resident of Michigan and reside in Michigan for at least six months immediately prior to application.
An applicant is a resident of Michigan if one of the following applies:
• The applicant possesses a valid, lawfully obtained Michigan driver's license or official Michigan personal identification card.
• The applicant is lawfully registered to vote in Michigan.
• The applicant is on active duty status with the United States Armed Forces and is stationed outside of Michigan, but Michigan is the applicant's home of record.
• The applicant is on active duty status with the United States Armed Forces and is permanently stationed in Michigan, but the applicant's home of record is another state.
Note: The county clerk shall waive the six-month residency requirement if one of the following applies:
• For an emergency license, if the applicant is a petitioner for a personal protection order issued under MCL 600.2950 or MCL 600.2950a.
• For an emergency license, if the county sheriff determines that there is clear and convincing evidence to believe that the safety of the applicant or the safety of a member of the applicant's family or household is endangered by the applicant's inability to immediately obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol.
• For a new resident, if the applicant holds a valid concealed pistol license issued by another state at the time the applicant’s residency in this state is establishedand must have resided in this state for at least six months. Applicants must meet certain criteria as to criminal history and mental illness. Applicants must provide proof of pistol training and safety programs from a certified firearms instructor, the pistol safety certificate must state, "This course complies with Section 5j of 1927 PA 372" and "the individual has successfully completed the course. The pistol safety certificate must also contain the printed name and signature of the instructor. Applicants must provide a valid driver's license or state I.D. showing residency in Wayne County. The address on the applicant's I.D. must match the address provided on the application.
The applicant must file the application with the county clerk in the county in which he or she resides. The application shall be signed under oath by the applicant. The oath shall be administered by the county clerk or his or her representative.
1. The applicant must also:
• Include a certificate stating that the applicant has completed the required pistol safety training course.
• If an applicant does not have a digitized photograph on file with the Michigan Secretary of State, include a passport-quality photograph.
• Pay all applicable fees.
2. Upon paying all applicable fees and filing the application, the applicant must have classifiable fingerprints taken by the county clerk, state police, sheriff’s office, local police agency, or other entity that provides fingerprinting services.
3. The entity providing fingerprinting services shall issue a receipt when fingerprints are taken so long as the applicant has provided an application receipt.
4. The entity providing fingerprint services will fingerprint the applicant and immediately forward the fingerprints to the MSP for processing.
5. The county clerk shall issue a license or notice of statutory disqualification within 45 days after the date the applicant has classifiable fingerprints taken.
Pistol Safety Training Course
1. Those required to take a pistol safety training course include:
• All new applicants.
• Persons with a CPL that has been expired more than one year.
The pistol safety training course requirement is waived for an applicant who is a retired police officer or a retired law enforcement officer as defined in MCL 28.421(1)(j).
2. The pistol safety training course required under Michigan law must be a program certified by this state or a national or state firearms training organization and provide at least eight hours of instruction. The program shall provide at least three hours of instruction on a firing range and require firing at least 30 rounds of ammunition. Additionally, the program shall provide five hours of instruction in, but is not limited to providing instruction in, all of the following:
• The safe storage, use, and handling of a pistol including, but not limited to, safe storage, use, and handling to protect child safety.
• Ammunition knowledge and the fundamentals of pistol shooting.
• Firearms and the law, including civil liability issues and the use of deadly force. This portion shall be taught by an attorney or a person trained in the use of deadly force.
• Avoiding criminal attack and controlling a violent confrontation.
• All laws that apply to carrying a concealed pistol in Michigan.
3. The instructor shall be certified by this state or a national organization to teach the eight-hour pistol safety training course required by Michigan law. The instructor must provide a certificate of completion containing the printed name and signature of the course instructor to the applicant. The certificate of completion shall state that the individual successfully completed the course, and contain the statement: "This course complies with section 5j of 1927 PA 372."
The certificate must also contain, on its face or by attachment, the instructor’s telephone number and the name and telephone number of the state agency or the state or national firearm training organization that has certified the individual as an instructor, his or her instructor certification number, if any, and the expiration date of that certificate.
4. A person who either grants a certificate of completion to an individual knowing the individual did not satisfactorily complete the course or presents a certificate of completion to a county clerk knowing the individual did not satisfactorily complete the course is guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years imprisonment and/or a $2,500 fine.
CPL Renewal Information
1. 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.
2. A CPL is valid until the applicant's date of birth that falls not less than four years or more than five years after the license is issued or renewed.
3. CPL holders will be notified that their license is approaching expiration by their county clerk between three to six months prior to the expiration of their current license. A CPL may be renewed at the appropriate county clerk’s office with correct payment to the county clerk.
4. Upon payment of renewal fees, the applicant will be issued a receipt. This receipt, when carried with the expired license, shall serve as a valid CPL until the new license or notice of statutory disqualification is received. For the purposes of Michigan law, the receipt is considered to be part of the CPL until a renewal is issued or denied.
5. Possession of this receipt and expired CPL does not exempt the holder from the requirement to obtain a license to purchase a pistol or exempt a firearms dealer from running a background check prior to the sale of a pistol.
6. An application is considered a renewal if the applicant has previously received a CPL in compliance with the training requirements set forth in Michigan law effective July 1, 2001, and the previous license has not been expired more than one year.
7. An applicant applying for a renewal is not required to have fingerprints taken again if the applicant's fingerprints have been submitted to and are maintained by the MSP. Fingerprints have been maintained by the MSP since January 1, 2006.
8. The applicant shall sign the statement on the application certifying that he or she has completed at least three hours of review of the required training and has had at least one hour of firing range time in the six months immediately preceding the renewal application.
Exception: The training requirements are waived for an individual who is a retired police officer or retired law enforcement officer.
9. An individual licensed to carry a concealed pistol may carry a concealed pistol under the authority of his or her CPL until the CPL expires or the individual's authority to carry a concealed pistol is otherwise suspended or revoked, whichever comes first.
There are two instances when a clerk may issue an emergency CPL:
1. The individual has obtained a personal protection order issued under MCL 600.2950 or 600.2950a.
2. A county sheriff determines there is clear and convincing evidence to believe the safety of the applicant or the safety of a member of the applicant’s family or household is endangered by the applicant’s inability to immediately obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol.
An applicant for an emergency license must meet the state and federal requirement listed previously in this guide.
An applicant for an emergency license must complete a valid pistol training course and apply for a CPL within ten business days of applying for the license.
An emergency license is unrestricted and valid for 45 days or until the county clerk issues a license of a notice of statutory disqualification, whichever occurs first. Possession of an emergency CPL does not exempt the holder from the requirement to obtain a license to purchase a pistol or exempt a firearms dealer from running a background check prior to the sale of a pistol.
If the county clerk issues a notice of statutory disqualification, the county clerk must within five business days do all of the following:
1. Inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the disqualification that includes a statement of each statutory disqualification identified, the source record for each statutory disqualification identified, and the contact information for the source of the record for each statutory disqualification identified.
2. Inform the applicant that he or she should contact the source of the record for any statutory disqualification to correct any errors in the record resulting in the statutory disqualification.
3. Inform the applicant in writing of his or her right to appeal the notice of statutory disqualification to their circuit court of jurisdiction.
1. An applicant may appeal the notice of statutory disqualification, failure to issue a receipt, or failure to issue a license to the circuit court in the judicial circuit in which he or she resides. The appeal shall be determined by a review of the record for error.
2. If the circuit court determines the notice of statutory disqualification, failure to issue a receipt, or failure to issue a license was clearly erroneous, the court shall order the county clerk to issue a receipt or CPL as required by Michigan law.
3. If the court determines the decision to deny issuance of a receipt or CPL to an applicant was arbitrary and capricious, the court shall order the county clerk, entity taking fingerprints, or the state, to pay the actual costs and actual attorney fees of the applicant in appealing the denial, according to each entity’s degree of responsibility.
4. If the court determines an applicant’s appeal was frivolous, the court shall order the applicant to pay the actual costs and actual attorney fees of the county clerk, entity taking fingerprints, or the state in responding to the appeal.
Fingerprints are to be taken at the County Clerk Downtown Office:
2 Woodward Ave., Room 207 Detroit, (313) 224-5565
Please visit the Michigan State Police website for additional Information on Concealed Pistol Licenses and Firearms laws of Michigan.
Compilation of Michigan Firearms laws (click here)
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 207
Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 224-5565
Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri.: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursdays. 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
CLOSED for Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cash, Money Orders & Credit Cards Only
NO VISA CREDIT, NO PERSONAL CHECKS
3100 Henry Ruff Road
Westland, MI 48186 (734) 326-4690
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cash, Money Orders & Credit Cards Only
NO VISA CREDIT, NO PERSONAL CHECKS
The CPL application fee is $105.00 | CPL Renewal fee is $105.00
Make payable to the Wayne County Clerk by money order, cashiers check, certified check,
cash or credit card (excluding Visa).
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