Michigan Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Click here to view the Michigan Concealed Carry Permit Map at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to contribute to this page, please post the information in the State Forums.

Concealed Permit:

Shall Issue to Residents Only

Example Resident Permit:

Michigan Concealed Weapon Permit

Issuing Authority

Michigan State Police / County Gun Board

Permit Information and Requirements
Concealed pistol application kits are provided during normal business hours by the following:

• County sheriffs

• Local police agencies

• County clerks

CCW application here

• Applicant files their application with the county clerk in the county in which the individual resides. This must include: (1) a copy of the certificate of completion of the pistol safety training course, and (2) a passport quality photograph.

• Applicant pays a fee of $105 to the county clerk at time of filing.

• Applicant receives a receipt for payment.

• Applicant provides receipt and has fingerprints taken by sheriff department or a local law enforcement agency. However, the local agency may charge an additional $15 for the taking of the fingerprints. Some sheriff departments participate with a vendor to provide applicant finger printing. There is no additional charge for this service.

• Sheriff department or local police agency forwards fingerprints to the Michigan State Police for processing.

• Once county gun board receives the fingerprint comparison report, they will issue or deny the license within 45 days.

• In 2000, the legislature significantly amended Michigan’s firearms laws to make Michigan what is known as a “shall issue” state. Previously, county gun boards were given considerable discretion to issue concealed pistol permits and the decision often depended on a showing of need by the applicant, which varied from county to county. Public Act 381, which went into effect on July 1, 2001 changed that so that anyone who met the strict qualifications of the law would receive a concealed pistol permit.

NICS Check
Permit qualifies as a NICS check.


Required Documents
Application form, passport photo, training verification
Informing Law Enforcement of Carry
You must immediately, pre-emptively notify law enforcement that you are carrying.

Automobile carry
Pistols (if you have no valid permit): closed case designed for the storage of firearms; and in the trunk, or for a vehicle which does not have a trunk, where the closed case designed for the storage of firearms is not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle

Places off-limits when carrying

1. 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

2. Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency.

3. Sports arena or stadium

4. A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises

5. Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official allows concealed weapons

6. An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more

7. A hospital

8. A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university

9. A Casino

10.”Weapons are not permitted in any courtroom, office, or other space used for official court business or by judicial employees unless the chief judge or other person designated by the chief judge has given prior approval consistent with the court’s written policy.”

Note: This does not include the parking areas of the places listed above in 1 through 8.

Pistol free zones do not apply to any of the following:

• A licensee who is a retired police officer or retired law enforcement officer. The concealed weapon licensing board may require a letter from the law enforcement agency stating that the retired police officer or law enforcement officer retired in good standing.

• An individual who is licensed as a private investigator or private detective under the private detective license Act, 1965 PA 285, MCL 338.821 to 338.851.

Note: An individual licensed to carry a concealed pistol shall not possess a concealed pistol on their person or motor vehicle while they have any bodily alcohol content (.02 bodily alcohol content [BAC] or above) or a controlled substance. Additional details and penalties may be found here.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine
Michigan is a castle doctrine state and deadly force can be used to defend yourself or others from bodily harm. See laws for more info or click here for information from the Michigan Legislature.


Open Carry:

Michigan is a traditional open carry state. Open carry is more common in rural areas. You may NOT open carry in a car without a permit. However, Michigan recognizes the resident permits of all 50 states.

Localities with Varying Laws
Michigan has pre-emption, localities are prohibited from enacting more stringent laws.

We try to keep the information on this page as up to date as possible but due to changing laws it is your responsibility to verify all information. The information on this page is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of and access to this Web site, emails or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between i156 LLC and the user or browser. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of i156 LLC.

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  • Xmanhockey7

    In Michigan reserve officers with CPLs are also exempt from PFZ whether on or off duty.

    • Pointman1177

      what if your a reserve who is 18?  in that case since my city would qualify me for HR218 that would make it legal to conceal regardless as long as the requirements are met

      • Xmanhockey7

        Well reserve officers still have to get a Michigan CPL and are not covered under HR 218 because they you don’t have full arresting powers. Personally I would never become a reserve until I could get a CPL and carry everywhere I go. And they still have to be 21 to get the Cpl

        • pointman1177

          as I read into it more and more reserves are carrying without a cpl due to hr218, even California one of the most stringent of states is allowing it.  I don’t see the legal issue with it especially since I read the FOP’s own little fact sheet about hr218 saying even people without full arrest powers are qualified.

  • Cj313hahaha

    TThank god you can open Carrie in Michigan yes yes yes but a lot of people is gone na go to jail go ago be careful people its the law

    • r u retarded

    • Larry Hursh

      HUH? Speak English! Its our Country’s language!

  • Garry

    recently my wallet was stolen with my gun permit inside.  How do I get a replacement gun permit?

    • Jkatt

      You should never let that happen to you you should always make copies

      • BeGe1

        Would a copy of your CPL be honored as your CPL? I admit I don’t know for sure, but I would think not…

        • 2553077


      • Gman

        Good ideal

    • Larry Hursh

      Suggest you contact the County Clerk’s Office where you saw the Gun Board. They should be able to help you or guide you in the right direction. Hope this helps and good luck. 🙂

  • forgetting some facts,in ALL of the michigan pistol free zones,with the exception of courts/jails,federal buildings(to include post offices) and casino’s,are completely legal for open carry by anybody with a concealed pistol license.

    for a legal cite,look up Michigan State police legal update 86(should be from october 2010 i believe)

    • Michael Keyser

      Thank you for citing update 86. I wasn’t aware of these updates, until today.

  • forgetting some facts,in ALL of the michigan pistol free zones,with the exception of courts/jails,federal buildings(to include post offices) and casino’s,are completely legal for open carry by anybody with a concealed pistol license.

    for a legal cite,look up Michigan State police legal update 86(should be from october 2010 i believe)

  • Lady_ali24

    im a mentally disabled vet can i carry a pistal

    • LouLou

      you will have to check. I just took a class and they said no.

    • john


    • Larry Hursh


    • Bob

      If you can find a “pistal”, you may carry it.

  • neolightprod

    Where and how can I find out about seeing if I’m even eligible without applying, getting denied, and ending up with a felony.

    • John

      Have you Comitted/Been Convicted of a Felony? Then you have part of your Answer

  • DPR1216

    can any one tell me what are the parameters for Michigan open carry i was born here but had to move to Missouri were i have completed there ccw course. alos can i carry my pistol in the glove box while driving in michigan or does it have to be stored in the trunk with no round in the chamber and mag out of the firearm please e-mail me or just post to this comment

    • john

      michigan honors all ccw permitts

      • krial

        Michigan honors all out-of-state *resident* CCW permits.

    • BeGe1

      Open carry is legal in Michigan, resident, not resident, license, no license. It’s just plain legal.

      Pistol in a glove box is considered concealed, so falls under concealed laws.

      Michigan honors all out of state resident permits, so if yours is still valid, you need to follow Michigan law as pertains to permit holders.

      • Pistolshooter4ever

        Michigan open carry does not apply in vehicle unless you have concealed permit

  • Plein

    What ever happened with the bill that was in senate that would allow cc in “Pistol Free” zones as long as you received the extra training? It was huge news when it came out, but I haven’t been able to find anything on the progress of it.

    • Ethan Thompson

      It is waiting for the Governor to sign it.

  • Harsh

    I’m traveling to MI for a business function in which were staying at the casino hotel. I have an OH CCW. According to the above lass casino’s are gun free zones. Should I leave my protection at home? Do I take it an leave it in the car? Can I take it into my hotel room like I would a normal hotel? Thx for the advice

    • Zach

      Pistol Free Areas

      “Premises” does not include the parking areas of the places listed above.

      • Bryan

        You CAN NOT HAVE A GUN ON CASINO PROPERTY. its a federal trust. You can not have it in your car ,on person, read above, 1 thru 8 does not include parking lots, casino is #9

      • BeGe1

        Casino was not one of the “1-8 listed above”, it was #9. It must not be on the property at all.

  • mobetta_cheese

    Please update the Michigan gun laws on your site. Today is the first time I’ve been on your site and I think its great! I’m leaving for Florida tonight and am looking for a good article on traveling. From what I gathered between Michigan and Florida Illinois is the only no carry state I need to worry about and that is way out of the way anyways. Please let me know if there is anything out there on traveling with a CPL across the country?

    • BeGe1

      1) Illinois is not on the way between Michigan and Florida. In fact it’s 2 states away from being on the way between Michigan and Florida, you go through Ohio.

      2) Laws for traveling through a state on the way to another is a federal issue, federal law protects you during that travel. You need to look up the federal laws on transporting firearms through states.

      • TheOtherMike

        More crap from BeGe1. Traveling from the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Florida will send you through Wisconsin, and then, wait for it, … Illinois. Even from the western Lower Peninsula, Indiana is often the first state on the way to Florida, rather than Ohio.

        There are a few excellent sites that summarize the typical issues you’ll need to be aware of while traveling cross-country. Google is your friend.

        • BeGe1

          Your comment about the western tip of the upper peninsula is noted, but that hardly makes a statement that taking 75 to florida is the normal route “crap”.

          And my statement about the laws on the issue is 100% correct. And I quote:

          “A provision of the federal law known as the Firearms Owners’ Protection
          Act, or FOPA, protects those who are transporting firearms for lawful
          purposes from local restrictions which would otherwise prohibit passage.

          FOPA, notwithstanding any state or local law, a person is entitled to
          transport a firearm from any place where he or she may lawfully possess
          and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully
          possess and carry it, if the firearm is unloaded and locked out of
          reach. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm must be in a
          locked container other than the glove compartment or console. Ammunition
          that is either locked out of reach in the trunk or in a locked
          container other than the glove compartment or console is also covered.”

          • TheOtherMike

            Even with FOPA, you may find yourself in a years-long and expensive legal battle just to be proven “right”. Stay in the Free states.


    Im a Michigan resident serving in the military, i have a Texas CHL. Does Michigan recognize my CHL from Texas since i am not a Texas resident? I now have a Texas drivers license, how do i change my drivers license # on my chl? or am i required to change my DL# on my CHL?

    • BeGe1

      Michigan recognizes the permits of all other states that issue them. You must still learn and follow Michigan law while carrying in Michigan though.

    • Golden Eagle

      No, MI will only recognize a state License a person is a resident of but if you now have a Texas license are you a Texas resident?

  • I have a Minnesota CCL and I just moved to Michigan. Do I have to take a class in Michigan?

    • Gregg T Jenkins

      Call your local county clerk for sure, but I believe you can just transfer it. But call to make sure.

  • justme

    I need a clear answer to my question do I need to get a ccw from georgia as a resident if I moved to georgia from michigan and have a ccw that is still valid?

    • BeGe1

      The clear answer is that you’re in the wrong section. It’s Georgia law that you need to be concerned with now, not Michigan law.

  • PO2 Johnson

    I am in the military I serve overseas how can I take ccw classes online or is that possible

  • Micheal

    I am a Michigan CCW owner. I work in South Carolina from time to time. What does the Yellow “Res Permits Only” mean? Does SC honor our permits if we are a resident of Michigan?

    • Nathan

      Yes, that is what that means.

      • Sam Spade

        That is weird since Michigan doesn’t issue nonresident permits. This shows up that way for several other states. For example, it shows that Florida only recognizes TN resident licenses even though TN doesn’t issue nonresident permits. It is like this part of the map is programed backwards.

  • billy

    I have a michigan ccl can i conceal in my car in the state of florida

    • BeGe1

      Florida does not recognize Michigan permits. So you must follow Florida law as it applies to someone without a permit. For the answer to that, going to the page about Florida law will probably work better than the page about Michigan law.

      • TheOtherMike

        BeGe1 is full of crap. Florida has full reciprocity with MI. Concealed carry in your car is ok with a MI CPL.

        • BeGe1

          No, BeGe1 is not full of crap. Florida does not recognize a non-resident Carry License or Carry Permit except their own state non-resident. As a non resident you can still apply for and get a Florida carry license, but a Michigan CPL is NOT recognized. If you go to Florida with your Michigan CPL and concealed carry you are breaking their law. You must apply for THEIR out of state resident concealed carry permit.

          • guest_

            Michigan does not issue NON-resident CPLs, so the only way to have a MICHIGAN CPL is to be a RESIDENT of Michigan, which would be accepted in Florida. Hence, BeGe1 actually IS full of crap.

        • HadToPayTheFee

          Was NOT full of crap. Florida -did not- honor other states conceal permits. The permit just guaranteed you a Florida-non-resident permit you had to apply for.

          NOW they give full recoprocity (June 2014)

  • ♣ Zach ♣

    How old do you have to be to get a CCL?

    • guest_


  • J.O.

    does Michigan recognize a permit from Indiana?

    • BeGe1

      Michigan recognizes all.

  • Curt

    Cali Don’t Honor Michigan Yet

  • Curt

    Cali and Illinois Don’t Honor Michigan Yet!!

  • jr

    Does the cpl passing paperwork expire or can I take it anytime to get a license? I took the class a couple of years ago and am now thinking about getting a license to carry.

  • Randall Huffman
    • guest_

      Your reading is correct. The only exemption is for police officers. All the rest of us must take the safety course.

  • Jazziz68

    I’m an active duty soldier with a residency in Michigan, I have a Georgia ccw . I’m preparing to retire back to Michigan, and wanted to know if there is a transfer process from GA ccw to MI cpl. I read that I had thirty days to register my weapons with local agencies. However, does this mean signing up for a class & paying another fee (105.00)?

    • guest_

      Unfortunately, you will need to take an approved safety course prior to applying for a MI CPL. Your county gun board may waive the six month residency requirement due to your existing GA permit.

  • freakshow

    this is not entirely correct, most of the pistol free zones listed only apply to a concealed pistol. a person with a valid CPL may openly carry in most pistol free zones with exception to courts, casinos and federal buildings. see MSP legal update 86.

  • Lacy

    Im in the Military, stationed in Louisiana, have a Michigan Licence, a resident of Michigan and have a Florida concealed carry permit. I understand that MIchigan wont recognize my permit because I am not a Florida resident. I plan on going back to Michigan in January for a week. Is it possible to get a concealed carry permit in that short amount of time? I have already taken a class in Louisiana and have a current copy of my DOD 522 weapons card.

  • Courtney

    How old do you have to be to be eligible for a ccl in the state of mi?

    • Golden Eagle


  • Robert Bycraft

    Does MI honor a Indiana resident’s pistol carry permit?

    • Golden Eagle

      Yes, MI recognizes any state a person is a resident of.

  • drswitala

    What if you do not have any fingerprints due to amputations of finger tips. Can you still obtain a CPL?

  • Jerry V

    I am renewing my CPL, do I need new passport photos?

  • Alexander

    I have a Indiana Handgun Licence and I live 5 miles away from the Michigan border. I regularly visit Michigan on vacation and to to meet with friends. Is there any possible way for me to carry my gun in Michigan

  • Brad Finch

    Do I need to take the CPL course if I am active duty? and Pistol qualified?

  • lil duke

    im trying to get my CCW in Michigan i just move out of Chicago what all do I need to get my CCW

  • Forgetful Al

    I forgot to renew my Michigan CCL on time. Can I still renew or do I have to go through the whole application process again?

  • Ave Ashley Victoria E

    Oooh I’m starting to LOVE .. Michigan.
    We are lenient in certain aspects of are Gun Carrying Laws, and Reciprocity
    Carry-Over Gun Permits into other States.

    I found this very satisfying … Considering I’m staring/saving this page.
    I’m very happy, now I just wish they would have map made for Tasers & Stun Gun Carry/
    Permits/ or Legality of Carrying one.

    Considering in Michigan, Tasers & Stun Guns are Legal, but ONLY if you have the equivalent or basically a CPL.. CCW etc.

    Otherwise carrying one is essentially “Illegal” …

    I have no Gun, but I have a Taser.
    I have a CPL/CCW License therefore I can carry my Taser with me.
    Until, of course I get a Gun … I want a Kimber, Ruger or Glock.

    LoL .. 😀

  • Capt. Parker

    What part of “shall not be infringed” does anyone fail to comprehend?

    The State of Michigan AGREED TO BE BOUND by the Constitution when Michigan joined the union. The Second Amendment is, and was, part of that BINDING COMPACT that Michigan agreed to abide by. Any, and all, gun laws are unlawful and unconstitutional … and as such, ARE NOT LAW at their inception.

  • joco

    I just got my Michigan drivers license so my Florida ccw is still valid? In the ztate of Michigan are they honor my license

    • golden eagle

      Once you received you Mich drivers license you are considered a Mich resident. At that point your out of state carry license will no longer be honored.

  • Gman

    Does Mi honor VA CCW?

    • golden eagle

      Yes, according to the map.

  • Pac-man Coleman

    I live in Michigan I have a CPL, am I REQUIRED BY LAW to hand over my firearm when pulled over by police for “traffic stop”?

  • Pac-man Coleman

    I live in Michigan I have a CPL, am I REQUIRED BY LAW to hand over my firearm when pulled over by police for “traffic stop”?

  • Leroy

    Are there different permits for concealed and open carry?

    • golden eagle

      No but if you’re a Mich resident your pistol must be registered in your name.
      If you’re from out of state you must have a carry license from the state you’re a resident of.

  • name

    I took my ccw class about a year ago but didn’t have the money at the time to get my permit would my class completion still be good or would i have to retake the class

    • golden eagle

      Good forever right now but the law may change to 5 years.

  • bruno

    I dont understand the yellow. Does this mean I cant carry in Michigan even though I have a permit to carry from Iowa where I live

    • Golden Eagle

      You are a resident of the state your carry license is from. You are good in Mich.

  • Victoria Guthrie

    What dose the green mean on the Michigan map. If I have a south Carolina cap will Michigan honor it or do I need to get one from Michigan too ?

  • M

    I have my cpl I was at work I drop my gun in my car and someone seen it. What is going to happen to me

    • Golden Eagle

      If your employer a no gun policy you could be fired but since we have open carry in MI your safe legally.

  • Dr. confused

    I work with a Doctor at his practice he carries his gun in the office can he? It’s his office and he shares a wall with other doctors offices.

    • Golden Eagle

      Yes he can with his carry license or even without a carry license:
      MCL 750.227 “… in his or her dwelling house, place of business,…”

  • Jo

    whats res permits stand for yellow, I was gonna move to s/c I wanna know if my Michigan cpl will cover me to conceal carry there, and if not how hard is it to get a cpl there?

  • Shawn

    soo having a Michigan CCW, all the states in RED and YELLOW I am NOT allowed to carry??

    • Dan

      All the states in RED do not abide by Michigan conceal carry laws. All state in BLUE abide by Michigan conceal carry law. Hope this helps.

  • Mike Freeman

    As of a couple of days ago, Nevada no longer honors Michigan CPLs.

  • Ted Swadling

    I live in Michigan all my life in about 1983 I got a pistol permit ,it got stolen and the cops returned it ,was found in the street about 4 months after it disappeared,.. Anyways I got some dui 3 total so they said the last one was a felony which was in I think yr 2001 ,Still have my had gun but through the yrs lost my permit,I did have it to show the officer when he returned tho ….But now I am wondering about my gun and with the so called felony on my record ,Never carried the gun ever just used it at home once in a while. When I got the last dui I do remember them at the court house stating something

  • Sid

    In Michigan, can an employer stop you from carrying at work if you have your CPL?

    • Dan

      Not sure but most likely yes. If your employer has a policy about that in their employee handbook or whatever they call it, then yes they can stop you and fire you. Most companies have a policy about any type of gun on company property. Just an example. I work for napa auto parts and they have a policy against guns on company property. If the company finds out I carry on company property I WILL get fired. Check the companies employee handbook (if they have one) just to make sure. Hope this helps.

  • Chuck

    During our training course the instructor said if you have a CCW you can not open carry. I can’t find that anywhere. Did I misunderstand

  • Richard

    If you have a cpl in Indiana at age 19, can you carry in Michigan, that has a 21 yr. age limit?

  • Justin

    I just moved from WI to MI. I got my new MI driver’s license. I left a message for my county clerk but does anyone know if I have to redo everything to obtain a CCW for MI? I am an Iraq Vet as well.

  • 1airborne

    Im a 4 time war vet do i need to take a class to get a cpl in michigan?

  • Dennis Menard

    Are Michigan veterans required to attend CCW classes with a honorable discharge?