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Michigan ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Michigan gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy. Only residents can obtain a permit or purchase handguns. There are exemptions for non-residents who are in the military, have a Michigan driver's license or are registered to vote in Michigan. Applicants must be 21 or older and have completed a firearms training course. Permit applications are processed at the local level by county clerks. Michigan does not honor non-resident permits, a person must have a resident permit for it to be honored in Michigan.

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Michigan Cpl license recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

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Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico,

Michigan Does Not Honor Non-Resident Permits/Licenses. You must be a resident of the state they honor for your permit to be valid in Michigan.

Michigan CPL Permit

Michigan is a “shall issue” state for concealed carry.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • You have a valid state-issued driver’s license or personal identification card.
  • Be a legal resident of Michigan and reside in Michigan for at least six months immediately prior to application.
  • You have not been convicted of a violent crime that is a felony.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted into the United States
  • Not be subject to an order or disposition for any of the following;
    • Involuntary hospitalization or involuntary alternative treatment.
    • Legal incapacitation
    • Personal protection order
    • Bond or conditional release prohibiting purchase or possession of a firearm
    • Finding of not guilty by reason of insanity
  • Not be prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm under Michigan law.
  • Not be under a court order of legal incapacity in this state or elsewhere.
  • Have not been found guilty but mentally ill of any crime, and has not offered a plea of not guilty of, or been acquitted of, any crime by reason of insanity.
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of any of the following in the three years immediately preceding the date of application and a charge for a misdemeanor violation of any of the following is not pending against the applicant in this state or elsewhere at the time he or she applies for a license: (Long….list on their website)
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of any of the following in the eight years immediately preceding the date of the application and a charge for a misdemeanor violation of any of the following is not pending against the applicant in this state or elsewhere at the time he or she applies for a CPL: (another long….list on their website)
  • Is not currently and has never been subject to an order of involuntary commitment in an inpatient or outpatient setting due to mental illness.
  • Not have a diagnosed mental illness at the time the application is made that includes an assessment that the individual presents a danger to himself or herself or to another, regardless of whether he or she is receiving treatment for that illness.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony in Michigan or elsewhere, and a felony charge against the applicant is not pending in Michigan or elsewhere at the time he or she applies for a CPL.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from the county clerks office.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Passport quality photo
    • Certificate stating you have completed a firearms course.
  4. Complete and file the application under oath at the County Clerks office where you reside.
  5. You will then need fingerprints taken from either the county clerk, state police, sheriffs office or other entity. You must provide your application receipt to who ever takes your fingerprints.
  6. The entity providing fingerprint services will fingerprint the applicant and immediately forward the fingerprints to the MSP for processing
  7. You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

New Permits: $115
Renewal: $115

Permits are valid until the applicant’s date of birth that falls not less than 4 years or more than 5 years after the license is issued or renewed.


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Schools or school property but may carry while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off or picking up if a parent or legal guardian
  • Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency
  • Courtroom, office, or other space used for official court business
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises
  • Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship
  • An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more
  • A hospital
  • A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university
  • A Casino
  • Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Michigan Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Michigan State Police / County Gun Board and applications are filed with the County Clerk where the applicant resides.
45 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
YES – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
If you are licensed to carry a concealed handgun and are stopped by the police then Michigan gun laws require you to immediately disclose that you are carrying a concealed weapon on you or in the vehicle. You must carry your permit/license at all times that you are carrying a concealed pistol, as well as your Driver’s License or state-issued ID card.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Michigan gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
If you do not have a permit/license then you cannot carry a loadedfirearm in any vehicle. Unless the firearm is unloaded and is one or more of the following;
Taken down.
Enclosed in a case.
Carried in the trunk of the vehicle.
Inaccessible from the interior of the vehicle.

If you have a permit/license from Michigan then you can carry a loaded concealed firearm in a vehicle.

YES – Without a Permit/License
Carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Michigan is legal with a few restrictions. There are a few places off limits – any business or grocery store that sell’s alcohol. For Residents of Michigan without a permit/license, you must carry a firearm registered to you. Non-residents who do not have a permit/license from their home state are not allowed to conceal or open carry. A person must be at least 18 years old to open carry.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Michigan Contacts

Michigan State Police Headquarters


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7150 Harris Drive

CityDimondale, Michigan 48821

Phone 517-284-3700

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