How do I get a Michigan Concealed Pistol Carry License CCW / CPL
Your first step in obtaining a Michigan Concealed Carry CCW/CPL License is to take and pass an accredited class!!
WE TEACH THAT CLASS EVERY WEEK HERE AT DETROIT ARMS!
Registering for our class is easy! CLICK HERE, or you can call us at 586-598-5300 to reserve your seat for class. Our classes often sell out, so the sooner you call us to reserve a seat the better!!
Michigan is a "shall issue" state. That means that they will issue you a Michigan Concealed Pistol license as long as you meet the criteria outlined by the State of Michigan and the Michigan State Police.
Click here to read the Michigan State Police Concealed Pistol License Requirements.
The State of Michigan has also outlined the specific training necessary to obtain your license. The Detroit Arms 1-Day 8-Hour Michigan Concealed Carry Class meets all state requirements for that training.
You do not need to own a firearm in order to take our class. We have several firearms available for you to use in order to complete the shooting portion of our class. There is NO CHARGE for you to utilize our guns. You are responsible for purchasing the ammunition - which you are required to purchase at the range the day of the class. The ammunition cost will be $15 or less.
Once you have taken, and passed, a Michigan Concealed Carry training class you must turn your paperwork in at your local county clerk office. You will be given a copy of the application, as well as instructions the day of our class.
You will take your ORIGINAL class completion certificate, a completed application - do not sign until you are in front of the clerk - and $115 to the COUNTY CLERKS Office for the county you live in.
The clerks office will give you a receipt and direct you where you need to go to get the appropriate fingerprinting done. YOU HAVE 45 DAYS to get the fingerprints in the system - if you fail to get your fingerprints taken for a CPL Application, you will forfeit your $115 application fee, your application and the ability to apply again this calendar year.
After your prints have been placed in the system, the Michigan State Police take over processing your application. By law, they have 45 days to approve or deny you a license. Typically, this process takes 2-3 weeks. IF AFTER 45 days you have not received a denial letter or a license, you may use your receipt from the clerks office to act as a temporary license.
Your concealed carry license will be good for up to five years, depending on where your birthday falls in the process.
THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT "CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY" coming of age here in the state of Michigan. It seems like every year a politician in the state files paperwork to bring Constitutional Carry to the residents of Michigan. For the record, paperwork for this was filed February 2016 and it failed. It was again filed January 2017 - whether it will make any significant progress this pass is yet to be seen.
Please understand, even if Michigan were to adopt Constitutional Carry (meaning no need for a concealed pistol license if you are a legal gun owner 21 or older), you would STILL be required to have a valid Michigan CPL license in order to carry in states that have reciprocity for concealed carry.
You may also be prohibited from carrying a loaded firearm in your vehicle without a valid Michigan CPL (much like Open Carry laws, you would be required to load and unload your firearm from outside your vehicle in order to carry it on you.)
Additionally, you would also be prohibited from carrying your concealed pistol into any establishment that has a Michigan Liquor license. It's not as obvious as you might think to distinguish those places - CVS, Walgreens, Target, Meijer and more ALL HAVE A LIQUOR LICENSE - because they sell alcohol. You can only concealed carry in those areas if you have a valid Michigan Concealed Pistol license.
Have questions? Please feel free to call us anytime at 586-598-5300 and we will be happy to help!