How to get a Concealed Pistol License

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

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  • At least 21 yrs old
  • No felony convictions
  • Resident of Michigan
  • Not subject to other restrictions 
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Pistol Safety Course

You must take a Michigan-approved pistol safety course.  This is either the NRA’s Personal Protection in the Home class or the US Concealed Carry Association class.  It must be at least 8 hours long, with a minimum of 5 hours classroom time and 3 hours range time.

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Submit Application

Once you complete your CPL training, you can fill out the Michigan Concealed Pistol License Application but don’t sign it.  Take the application, along with your training certificate to your local county clerk’s office.  There, you will sign the application and give them a check for $105.  Then, they will take your photograph and your fingerprints.

Once the application has been submitted, it takes about 3 months to receive your CPL in the mail.

Each county processes their own applications, and therefor each county has different processing times.  Wayne County used to take 6 to 12 months from submission of application until time you receive your permit in the mail.  However, all local counties have gotten the bugs worked out of their systems and now are processing applications at a much faster rate.  It is still normal to wait about 3 months to actually receive your concealed pistol license in the mail.

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