CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSES
Our offices are now open for all services except funeral homes Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. County offices will be closed on Thursday, July 2nd in observance of Independence Day and County Clerk offices are closed on Fridays through July 24th. Service to funeral homes will continue by appointment for the month of July and until further notice.
If you plan to come into our office, please be advised that you will have to go through a short health-screening procedure which includes having your temperature taken and answering a few questions. You will be required to wear a mask or face-covering at all times. Due to limited space inside the offices, it will be necessary for you to have all of your requests/applications completed before you are allowed inside the office, including having your identification documents and payment ready. Please keep in mind that the offices close at 5:00 p.m. and some services can take up to 20 minutes to perform. Please allow for this when coming in to our office.
Obtaining a New CPL:
- To apply for a new CPL you will need to apply in person at the County Clerk’s office in the county in which you reside in. When coming in you will need your Driver’s License, your original class certificate, your completed CPL application which you can find online at www.michigan.gov/firearms, (make sure the revision date in the upper left is 2019) and $100.00 for the application fee. You will also be fingerprinted in order to complete the full process for your CPL (see below). When this process is completed you will receive your original certificate back. The certificate that you earned in your class is good for five (5) years from the date on the certificate. If you have any questions you may contact CPLClerk@MuskegonCounty.net
- Fingerprinting can be done at the County Clerk’s office to help expedite the application process. The cost of fingerprinting is $15.00. Your fingerprints are then electronically sent to the Michigan State Police for your background check. Once the full process is completed, which can take up to 45 days, you will receive your CPL license in the mail.
Before you may proceed into the Clerk’s Office, please have your completed application, your original class certificate, your ID, and payment of $100 or $115 with fingerprints. We accept cash, check/money order, or charge. Make checks/money orders payable to Muskegon County Clerk and put your ID and telephone number on it.
Once you have all documents out and ready to present to the clerk, please stand by the door until called, adhearing to social distancing rules.
Renewing a CPL:
CPL renewal applications can be completed online. You must also have one hour firing time within the last 6 months and 3 hours of review of the firearm laws (you do not need to take a class). The fee to submit a renewal application is $115.00. The application and additional information are available at www.michigan.gov/firearms.
- To renew online, visit www.michigan.gov/cplrenewal. Enter the CPL Renewal PIN, your email address, and other personal identifying information. An access link will be sent to the email address provided. Online applications may be paid by credit card or e-check. Your application must be received within 1 year from your expiration date or you will no longer be eligible to renew online. Your PIN number is located on the bottom of your renewal letter. If you have lost or have not received your renewal letter and need your PIN number you can email a copy of your driver’s license with a request for your PIN number to CPLClerk@MuskegonCounty.net and the information that you are requesting will be emailed back to you.
Pistol Safety Training Course
The pistol safety training course required under Michigan law must be a program certified by this state or a national or state firearms training organization and provide at least eight hours of instruction. The program shall provide at least three hours of instruction on a firing range and require firing at least 30 rounds of ammunition. Additionally, the program shall provide five hours of instruction in, but is not limited to providing instruction in, all of the following:
- The safe storage, use, and handling of a pistol including, but not limited to, safe storage, use and handling to protect child safety.
- Ammunition knowledge and the fundamentals of pistol shooting.
- Firearms and the law, including civil liability issues and the use of deadly force. This portion shall be taught by an attorney or a person trained in the use of deadly force.
- Avoiding criminal attack and controlling a violent confrontation.
- All laws that apply to carrying a concealed pistol in Michigan.
To find a CPL class in your area, check the phone book or google CPL Training in Muskegon or Gun Clubs in Muskegon.
The instructor shall be certified by this state or a national organization to teach the eight-hour pistol safety training course required by Michigan law. The instructor must provide a certificate of completion containing the printed name and signature of the course instructor to the applicant. The certificate of completion shall state that the individual successfully completed the course, and contain the statement: "This course complies with section 5j of 1927 PA 372."
The certificate must also contain, on its face or by attachment, the instructor’s telephone number and the name and telephone number of the state agency or the state or national firearm training organization that has certified the individual as an instructor, his or her instructor certification number, and the expiration date of that certificate.
Published in accordance with MCL 28.425 January 4, 2016