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The CPL class is truly THE BEST. I can't think of a single thing to improve upon. The 8 hours flew by and I learned so much. Awesome instructors, tons of useful information and hands-on practice. I drove 2 hours round trip for the class and I would absolutely do it again. Thank you Darcy, Thank you Will!!
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Michigan CPL Frequently Asked Questions

Can you carry a gun in a bank in Michigan?

Per MCL 750.234d, it is a 90 day misdemeanor to possess a firearm on premises of a bank or depository financial institution unless you have a valid concealed pistol license (CPL) from Michigan or another state or you have permission of the owner (or agent) of the bank.  If you have a CPL, you may legally possess a firearm in a bank provided there are no prohibitions put in place by the bank such as a policy prohibiting firearms on the bank’s property.

Do you still need a CPL in Michigan?

Unless you are exempted from requiring a CPL to carry a firearm (law enforcement officer, etc), you still need a CPL to legally carry a concealed pistol in public.  Constitutional carry package of bills did not become law in Michigan, and nothing else has changed that would negate the need to have a valid Michigan CPL to carry a concealed pistol.

Can you get a CPL at 18 in Michigan?

No.  You must be at least 21 years old to be eligible for a Michigan CPL.

Can a felon get a CPL in Michigan?

No, with exceptions.  If you have ever been convicted of a felony in Michigan or any other state, you are ineligible for a CPL.  However, if that conviction has been set aside and the applicant is otherwise qualified, the individual may not be denied a CPL per Michigan AG opinion 7133 on May 02, 2003.

How long does a CPL last?

Your CPL expires on your birthday, and is good for a maximum of 5 years.  The first time you receive your CPL, it will expire on your birthday and be valid for between 4 and 5 years, depending upon the date the CPL is issued.  When you renew, it will be valid for the full 5 years.

How old do you have to be to take a CPL class?

There is no age limit imposed by Michigan for taking the class, so it is up to the instructor’s discretion.  If a person is under 21, passes the class and is given a certificate, he or she could use that certificate when they do turn 21 as long as they took the class within 5 years of their CPL application date.

How old do you have to be to have a CPL in Michigan?

21 years old.  You make take the class prior to your 21st birthday, but a person would have to wait until they are at least 21 years old to submit their CPL application to the county.

Can a CPL holder open carry in Michigan?

Yes.  In fact, having a CPL allows a person to open carry in many more locations that would otherwise be restricted, such as banks and property owned or leased by an establishment that has a liquor license.

How much does it cost to take a concealed carry class in Michigan?

Prices vary from instructor to instructor, but most classes end up costing between $70 – $200 after factoring in ammo, gun rental, class materials and range time.

What are CPL Classes?

To get a concealed pistol license (CPL) in Michigan, you are required to take a training course first.  These CPL classes are 8 hours long, and include classroom training and instruction on the shooting range.

How Long are CPL Classes in Michigan?

The CPL class must be a minimum of 8 hours long, including 5 hours of classroom instruction and 3 hours of range time and safety training.  Most CPL classes are taught as one 8 hour day, although the actual time might be over 8 hours factoring in lunch breaks and questions.

What is a CPL in Michigan?

A CPL stands for “Concealed Pistol License.”  This is the license a person must get to carry a concealed pistol or taser in Michigan.  Often, a CPL is incorrectly referred to as a CCW License.