Concealed Weapons License Requirements

State of Michigan Concealed Weapons License Requirements

Applicants for a Michigan Concealed Pistol License must meet certain requirements. It is difficult for a person to clearly determine whether he or she meets the complex criteria set forth by the State of Michigan. The following is a general guideline that you can use to give you a basic idea if you are eligible to have a concealed weapons permit.

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Citizen of the United States or an immigrant alien who has been lawfully admitted into the United States.
  • A resident of the State of Michigan for at least 6 months prior to application. An applicant is a state resident if he possesses a valid, lawfully obtained Michigan driver’s license or state identification card, the applicant is lawfully registered to vote in Michigan, the applicant is on active duty status with the United States Armed Forces and stationed outside of Michigan, but Michigan is the home of record, or the applicant is on active duty status with the United States Armed Forces and is permanently stationed in Michigan, but the home of record is another state.
  • Completed a pistol safety training course.
  • Not be subject to any of the following: (a) An order requiring involuntary hospitalization or alternative treatment, (b) An order finding legal incapacitation or (c) A finding of not guilty by reason of insanity.
  • Not be subject to a conditional bond release prohibiting purchase or possession of a firearm.
  • Not be subject to a current personal protection order.
  • Not be prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm under MCL 750.224f (the felony in possession of a firearm statute).
  • Have never been convicted of a felony in Michigan or elsewhere (state or federal).
  • Have no felony charge pending in Michigan or elsewhere (state or federal).
  • Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Have not been convicted of one of the following misdemeanors in the 8 years immediately preceding the date of application:
    • Failing to stop when involved in a personal injury accident.
    • Operating while intoxicated, second offense.
    • Drunk driving, commercial vehicle.
    • Reckless driving.
    • Driving while license suspended or revoked, second or subsequent offense.
    • Operating aircraft while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance with a prior conviction.
    • Hindering or obstructing certain persons performing official weights and measures duties.
    • Hindering, obstructing, assaulting, or committing bodily injury upon director or authorized representative.
    • Operating an ORV under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense.
    • Operating a snowmobile under the influence of  intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense.
    • Operating a vessel under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense.
    • Possessing a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or prescription form.
    • Operating a locomotive under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance, or while visibly impaired.
    • Displaying sexually explicit matter to minors.
    • Assault or domestic assault.
    • Aggravated assault or aggravated domestic assault.
    • Breaking and entering or entering without breaking.
    • Fourth-degree child abuse.
    • Accosting, enticing, or soliciting a child for immoral purposes.
    • Vulnerable adult abuse.
    • Solicitation to commit a felony.
    • Impersonating a peace officer or medical examiner.
    • Illegal sale of a firearm or ammunition.
    • Illegal use or sale of a self-defense spray.
    • Sale or possession of a switchblade.
    • Improper transportation of a loaded firearm.
    • Failure to have a pistol inspected.
    • Accepting a pistol in pawn.
    • Failure to register the purchase of a firearm or a firearm component.
    • Improperly obtaining a pistol, making a false statement on an application to purchase a pistol, or using false identification to purchase a pistol.
    • Intentionally aiming a firearm without malice.
    • Intentionally discharging a firearm aimed without malice.
    • Possessing a firearm on prohibited premises.
    • Brandishing a firearm in public.
    • Possession of a firearm by an individual less than 18 years of age.
    • Intentionally discharging a firearm aimed without malice causing injury.
    • Parent of a minor who possessed a firearm in a weapon-free school zone.
    • Setting a spring gun or other device.
    • Possessing a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug.
    • Weapon-free school zone violation.
    • Indecent exposure.Stalking.
    • Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
    • Reckless, careless, or negligent use of a firearm resulting in injury or death.
    • Careless, reckless, or negligent use of a firearm resulting in property damage.
    • Reckless discharge of a firearm, MCL 752.863a.
  • Have not been convicted of one of the following misdemeanors in the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application:
    • Refusal of commercial vehicle operator to submit to a chemical test.
    • Ignition interlock device reporting violation.
    • Circumventing an ignition interlocking device.
    • Operating a commercial vehicle with alcohol content.
    • Operating an aircraft under the influence.
    • Operating an ORV under the influence.
    • Operating an ORV while visibly impaired.
    • Operating a snowmobile under the influence.
    • Controlled substances.
    • Disorderly person.
    • Embezzlement.
    • False pretenses with intent to defraud.
    • Larceny.
    • Second-degree retail fraud.
    • Larceny, vacant building.
    • Larceny, by conversion.
    • Larceny, defrauding lessor.
    • Malicious destruction of property.
    • Malicious destruction of real property.
    • Receiving stolen property.
    • Malicious use of telephones.
  • 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 never been subject to an order of involuntary commitment in an inpatient or outpatient setting due to a mental illness.
  • Not have a diagnosed mental illness at the time the application is made, regardless of whether he or she is receiving treatment.
  • Not be under a court order of legal incapacity in this state or elsewhere.
  • Not be detrimental to the safety of his or her self or any other person if issued a Concealed Pistol License.

Federal Requirements for a CPL

The issuance of a Michigan Concealed Weapons Permit requires that an applicant must not be prohibited under federal law from possessing or transporting a firearm.  The federal requirements to possess or transport a firearm include that the applicant not have been convicted in any court of, or under indictment for, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, not be a fugitive of justice, not be an unlawful user of drugs, not be adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution, not be an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States, not be discharged from the United States Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions, not have renounced his or her citizenship, not be subject to a PPO or civil restraining order, and not be convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Expungement for Restoration of CPL

If you would like a CPL and you have a conviction for any of the previously described offenses, it may be possible to obtain an expungement of the offense or have the conviction set aside.  If you can get the conviction removed from your record, you would become eligible for a Concealed Weapons Licensing Permit.

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