More than a million Michigan residents have already obtained their Concealed Pistol License in Michigan (“CPL”). One reason so many Michiganders have decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights is that since 2001, Michigan has been a “shall issue” state. This means that with few exceptions, all Michigan citizens have a right to conceal carry.
How to Obtain a Concealed Pistol License in Michigan (CLP)
To obtain a CPL, you must file an application with the county clerk where you reside. This application can be downloaded from the State Police website but should not be signed until you file it. You will then be placed under oath by the clerk and sign your application in their presence. You must also pay a $100 filing fee and have your fingerprints taken, which should cost an additional $15.
Additionally, you must be at least 21 years old and a resident of the state of Michigan for at least six months prior to filing your application. Proof of residency includes a valid, lawfully obtained Michigan driver’s license or an official Michigan personal identification card and/or demonstrating that you are lawfully registered to vote in Michigan. Applicants on active-duty status are also considered residents if Michigan is their home state of record or they are permanently stationed in Michigan.
Michigan Concealed Pistol License Course
In addition to the application and fingerprints, you must also present a certificate indicating that you’ve attended an appropriate pistol safety training course or class. These classes include information about gun safety, use of force law, and range training where you will shoot a pistol under the supervision of an instructor.
Criminal Background Check
Any felony conviction will make you ineligible for a CPL, as will certain misdemeanor violations. However, with misdemeanor violations you may be eligible after enough time has passed since your conviction. The Michigan statutes addressing CPL eligibility contain a full listing of specific disqualifying misdemeanors that trigger such ineligibility, as well as the associated time requirements, and are available here.