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Concealed Pistol License Information

 

Michigan State Police webpage on Firearms/Concealed Pistol Licensing

For questions regarding Concealed Pistol License (CPL) permits, contact our office: 517-543-2494

Please be aware the Eaton County Sheriff Department’s fingerprinting hours (in Charlotte) are:
8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

You must be at least 21 years of age, a US citizen or lawfully admitted immigrant and a Michigan resident (for at least 6 months prior) and your registered address must be in Eaton County to apply in Eaton County.  

It is the applicant's responsibility to understand the qualification requirements.  To review your background report prior to applying you may purchase it at https://apps.michigan.gov/ichat/home.aspx

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Applying:

New Applicants will need the following:

  1. Fully completed application in ink (download "CPL application form" from MSP, or pick up in office)
  2. Picture ID (driver’s license, or State ID)
    1. Your registered address must be in Eaton County
  3. Certificate of Completion of a pistol safety training course
    1. Training needs to be completed before applying
    2. Certificates must contain:
      1. the statement: "this course complies with section 5J of 1927 PA 372."
      2. The Instructor name, signature, and telephone number

additionally on the certificate or an attached page:

      1. The name and telephone number of the certifying organization of the instructor
      2. Instructor certification number, and certification expiration date
      3. The course date CANNOT be greater than 5 years prior to the application date.
  1. Payment in the amount of $100Due at time of application
    This fee is non-refundable, it is the applicant's responsibility to understand the qualification requirements
    1. We accept cash, check, money order and debit or credit cards.
      1. There will be a $2.50 fee added for debit cards.
      2. This fee does not include fingerprinting, you will have to pay that separately

Once you have made application at the Eaton County Clerk's Office, new applicants will need to be fingerprinted at a LiveScan fingerprinting location within 45 days.

If approved, your license card must be mailed to you; please note mail time can take several weeks and we cannot confirm by phone the status of your application.

 

 

Renewal Applicants can apply up to six months in advance of their expiration date.

Renewal Applicants (≤6 months to expiration, or expired less than one year) will need the following:

  1. Fully completed application in ink (download "CPL application form" from MSP, or pick up in office)
    Same application is used for both new and renewals
  2. Picture ID (driver’s license, or State ID)Current CPL card (or if expired your most recent CPL card)
    1. Your registered address must be in Eaton County
  3. Payment in the amount of $115Due at time of application
    This fee is non-refundable, it is the applicant's responsibility to understand the qualification requirements
    1. We accept cash, check, money order and debit or credit cards.
      1. There will be a $2.50 fee added for debit card.
      2. There will be a $6.00 fee added for credit cards.

If approved, your license card must be mailed to you; please note mail time can take several weeks and we cannot confirm by phone the status of your application.

Renewal Applicants (expired for one year or more) will need the following:

  1. Fully completed application in ink (download "CPL application form" from MSP, or pick up in office)
    Same application is used for both new and renewals
  2. Picture ID (driver’s license, or State ID)
    1. Your registered address must be in Eaton County
  3. NEW Certificate of Completion of a pistol safety training course
    1. The course date CANNOT be greater than 5 years prior to the application date.
    2. Training needs to be completed before applying
    3. Certificates must contain:
      1. the statement: "this course complies with section 5J of 1927 PA 372."
      2. The Instructor name, signature, and telephone number

additionally on the certificate or an attached page:

      1. The name and telephone number of the certifying organization of the instructor
      2. Instructor certification number, and certification expiration date
  1. Payment in the amount of $100Due at time of application
    This fee is non-refundable, it is the applicant's responsibility to understand the qualification requirements
    This fee does not include fingerprinting, you will have to pay this separately
    1. We accept cash, check, money order and debit or credit cards.
      1. There will be a $2.50 fee added for debit cards.
      2. There will be a $4.00 fee added for credit cards.

Once you have made application at the Eaton County Clerk's Office, applicants will need to be fingerprinted at a LiveScan fingerprinting location within 45 days.

If approved, your license card must be mailed to you; please note mail time can take several weeks and we cannot confirm by phone the status of your application.

 

Updating Your Information
It is strongly recommend to ensure your information is updated and accurate so that in the event that you are stopped by law enforcement your driver’s license or State ID and CPL match and that we have accurate information for contacting you.

Change of Address

If you have moved to an address within Eaton County you will first need to update your registered address with the Secretary of State on your driver’s license, State ID or voter registration. You will need to then provide proof of the address change to the Clerk’s office.


If you have moved to an address
outside of Eaton County the Clerk’s office will take the information and enter it as your mailing address, but your CPL will continue to be handled by Eaton County. You would need to apply for renewal with the county of your current address (up to 6 months in advance of expiration), and at that point the record would be transferred to the county of your current address.

Note: CPL holders must surrender their CPL card to the County Clerk that issued the CPL upon moving out of State.

Name Change

If you have married, divorced or otherwise legally changed your name you would need to bring proof of this to the Clerk’s office. (In the form of a legal document such as a certified marriage license, or court order.)
The card reprint fee is $10

Replacement Cards

The card reprint fee is $10.
If you need a replacement card please come in person with photo ID to the Clerk's office we can print one for you, it should only take a few minutes.
If your card was stolen you may want to file a report of that with your local police or sheriff department.

 

Military

Residency

A member of the armed forces shall be considered a legal resident of this state if any of the following apply:

  • The person is on active duty status with the United States armed forces and is stationed outside of this state, but the person’s home of record is in this state.
  • The person is on active duty status with the United States armed forces and is permanently stationed in this state, but the person’s home of record is in another state.  
    *If you do not have a Michigan state ID you will need to provide a passport quality photograph (not your passport but an unattached 2" x 2" photo like you would submit when applying for a passport.)

Renewal by Mail

Until November 30, 2018, a member of the United States armed forces, the United States armed forces reserve, or the Michigan National Guard who is on orders to a duty station outside of this state may submit his or her application to renew a license to carry a concealed pistol by first-class mail, containing:

  • the required fee,
  • a notarized application,
  • copy of Michigan ID showing the licensee's address of record within the state,
  • the licensee's orders to report to a duty station outside of this state,
  • copy of current CPL
  • and if the licensee desires to have his or her application receipt, renewal license, or any other notices mailed to his or her address of assignment or deployment, a letter requesting that action including the address of assignment or deployment.

 

Additional Resources

Michigan Attorney General regarding Reciprocity with other states
CPL Training Courses

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