How to get a Concealed Pistol License

Getting Your Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL CCW) is as Easy as 1,2,3!


Michigan Pistol Safety Traning Course

The course must be from a national training organization like the USCCA or NRA, or  a MCOLES certified course taught at an approved MCOLES training facility or MCRGO class.

The concealed pistol license course must be at least 8 hours long, including 5 hours of classroom and 3 hours of range time.

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Topics covered must include:

  • Ammunition Knowledge
  • Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Pistol Shooting Positions
  • Firearms and the Law, Including Civil Liability and the use of Deadly Force
  • Avoiding Criminal Attack
  • Controlling a Violent Encounter
  • Laws Applicable to Carrying a Concealed Pistol in Michigan
  • Shooting at least 30 rounds of ammo

Currently in Michigan, the following courses are accepted as meeting the training requirement:

  • NRA’s Personal Protection in the Home
  • US Concealed Carry Association’s Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals
  • MCOLES-approved training performed at MCOLES facility
  • MCRGO CPL course

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Submit Application

Once you get your training certificate…

  1. Fill out CPL application (can download and print here)
    1. Don’t sign it until you’re at the county clerk’s office
  2. Take your CPL application along with your training certificate to the County Clerks office for the county in which you reside
  3. Sign the application in front of the clerk
  4. Pay the clerk $115
  5. Go and get fingerprints taken
  6. Wait.

The county clerk’s office sends your information to the Michigan State Police.  The MSP run your background, and let the clerk know if you’re eligible or not.

Once the background check is done and you’re eligible, the County Clerk creates the Concealed Pistol License and sends it to you in the mail.  This process takes between 7 – 45 days, depending upon county.

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Each county processes their own applications, and therefore each county has different processing times.  It is still normal to wait about 1 month to actually receive your concealed pistol license in the mail.


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