Office of the Bay County Sheriff

Troy Cunningham, Sheriff

Bay County Law Enforcement Center
503 Third Street
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4050
Fax: (989) 895-4058

Handgun Permits and Registration

Handgun permits and registrations can be done for Bay County residents at the front counter (Record's Division) during normal business hours. Individuals requesting a purchase permit are required to have a photo I.D. with their current address and pass a criminal background check. Once the requirements are met, a purchase permit, valid for 30 days, will be issued. If the permit is not used, it should be destroyed. Once a Firearm has been purchased, the owner has 10 days in which to return the purchase permit to the Sheriff's Office.



A person with a valid CPL license no longer needs a purchase permit when buying a handgun, You do not need to bring the handgun to the Sheriff's Office for the Safety Inspection / registration.

Residents of the cities of Bay City, Pinconning, as well as Hampton Township can apply for handgun purchase permits from their local Police agencies.