Concealed Pistol License (CPL)
Livingston County, MichiganCounty ClerkConcealed Pistol License (CPL)

Concealed Pistol License (CPL)

General Information

Concealed Pistol License applications are available from the Michigan State Police website, or at the Livingston County Clerk’s office, 200 E. Grand River, Howell, MI or CPL-FORM 2018.pdf The CPL application is the same for both a new and a renewal.  Please fill in the renewal section on the application if you are renewing your CPL. 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Concealed Pistol License (CPL) Unit began accepting CPL renewal applications by mail and through an online system on November 1, 2018.  Those eligible to renew online will receive a renewal notice through the U.S. mail from the county clerk that issued their CPL containing a PIN.  CPL renewal applicants may proceed to to submit their renewal application once in receipt of their PIN.  

Beginning April 11, 2018, our office will be processing fingerprints for  NEW CPL applications.

No new CPL Applications will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.

New applicants MUST complete a Michigan Pistol Safety Training course. 

  • Effective October 11, 2017, the County Clerk's Office will only accept Pistol Training Certificates or Safety Program Training Certificates with the original hand written signature of the course instructor Certificates issued before October 11, 2017, are exempt from this rule.
  • Effective December 1, 2015, an applicant is eligible for a renewal of a CPL License under this section if the license is not expired or has expired within a one year period before the date of application.  If the license is expired for more than a year, the law requires that you take a new pistol safety training course and be re-fingerprinted after submitting an application.
  • For certificates issued on or after December 1, 2015 the certificate of completion  must contain the following information: Instructor's name and telephone number; the name and telephone number of the state agency or national firearms training organization that has certified the instructor;  and the instructor's certification number and expiration date of that certification.

Renewal applicants must certify by signing (section II on the application) that he/she has completed at least 3 hours of course review and at least 1 hour of firing range time within the last 6 months.


Submit your completed Concealed Pistol License application (new or renewal), CPL packet and app from msp.pdf at the County Clerk's office, in person, along with:

  • A valid driver's license or state ID card with Livingston County address;
  • No photo is needed - we electronically import your Driver's License photo
  • Pistol Safety Training certificate (if applicable);
  • Previous CPL license (if applicable);
  • $115.00 (new or renewal  application fee) payable in Cash, Check or Charge (access fee applies to credit/debit cards).

Once you have submitted and paid for a new application, you will be fingerprinted.  Fingerprinting is done in our office from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  Renewal applicants will receive a receipt when submitting an application but in most instances will not need updated fingerprinting, although a fingerprint check is initiated during the review process. 

Fingerprinting is available Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM for NEW CPL Applications

 Related Links

The following organizations are currently offering Certified Pistol Safety Training courses:

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
(MCOLES) 517-322-6525

National Rifle Association
(NRA) 703-267-1430

Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners
(MCRGO) 517-484-2746