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County Clerk CPL Guide

Updated: Feb 23




APPLICATION PROCESS FOR OBTAINING YOUR MICHIGAN CPL

The applicant must file the application with the county clerk in the county in which he or she resides. The application shall be signed under oath by the applicant. The oath shall be administered by the county clerk or his or her representative.


The applicant must also:

  • Include a certificate stating that the applicant has completed the required pistol safety training course.

  • If an applicant does not have a digitized photograph on file with the Michigan Secretary of State, include a passport-quality photograph.

  • Pay all applicable fees. For all applications, there is a $115.00 application and licensing fee payable to the county clerk. The county clerk will provide a receipt for payment of fees.


Upon paying all applicable fees and filing the application, the applicant will have fingerprints taken by the county clerk.


If your background check is approved you will receive your CPL in the mail in 3-4 weeks (sometimes sooner).



Wayne County Clerks Office Detroit
Coleman  A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Rooms 201 & 207
Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 224-6262

Western Wayne Office3100 Henry Ruff Road
Westland, MI 48186 (734) 326-4737

Oakland County Clerks Office1200 N. Telegraph, Building 12
East Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341
Located in Building 12 East on the ground floor of the Courthouse Building (248) 858-0581

Macomb County Clerks Office
40 North Main, 1st Floor,
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 586-469-5120

Washtenaw County Clerks Office
200 N. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (734) 222-6700

Denials

If the county clerk issues a notice of statutory disqualification, the county clerk must within five business days do all of the following:

  1. Inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the disqualification that includes a statement of each statutory disqualification identified, the source record for each statutory disqualification identified, and the contact information for the source of the record for each statutory disqualification identified.

  2. Inform the applicant that he or she should contact the source of the record for any statutory disqualification to correct any errors in the record resulting in the statutory disqualification.

  3. Inform the applicant in writing of his or her right to appeal the notice of statutory disqualification to their circuit court of jurisdiction.

Appeals

  1. An applicant may appeal the notice of statutory disqualification, failure to issue a receipt, or failure to issue a license to the circuit court in the judicial circuit in which he or she resides. The appeal shall be determined by a review of the record for error.

  2. If the circuit court determines the notice of statutory disqualification, failure to issue a receipt, or failure to issue a license was clearly erroneous, the court shall order the county clerk to issue a receipt or CPL as required by Michigan law.

  3. If the court determines the decision to deny issuance of a receipt or CPL to an applicant was arbitrary and capricious, the court shall order the county clerk, entity taking fingerprints, or the state, to pay the actual costs and actual attorney fees of the applicant in appealing the denial, according to each entity's degree of responsibility.

  4. If the court determines an applicant's appeal was frivolous, the court shall order the applicant to pay the actual costs and actual attorney fees of the county clerk, entity taking fingerprints, or the state in responding to the appeal.

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