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Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Concealed Pistol License (CPL) Information
CPL Applications – New and Renewal Applicants:
CPL applications are available in person at the Bay County Clerk’s Office, 515 Center Ave., Bay City, MI 48708.
Click the following link to download the application:
CPL Application Form
Renewal applicants only: You will receive a notice of expiration letter in the mail when it comes time to renew
: $100 (+$15 for finger printing at the Bay County Sheriff's Office; cash, checks, and debit/credit cards accepted) paid at Bay County Clerk’s Office.
: $115 (same payment processing as above)
CPL Processing Times
New: M-F 8am-12pm 1pm-5pm
Renewal: M-F 8am-12pm 1pm-5pm
New CPL Requirements
Must present original 8-hour Certificate of Course Completion (dated within the last 5 years) and valid Michigan Driver’s License or Identification Card.
Fill out CPL application in the Clerk’s office or download application; DO NOT sign bottom of application; this signature must be witnessed in the Clerk’s office.
Renewal CPL Requirements
Must certify that you have completed 3 hours of review of the required training along with 1 hour of firing range time within 6 months of application, which is verified by your signature.
Must present valid Michigan Driver’s License or Identification Card along with existing or previous CPL card.
Fill out application in the Clerk’s office or download application; DO NOT sign bottom of application; this signature must be witnessed in the Clerk’s office.
Additional CPL Information
You no longer need to provide a photo.
For a new CPL, depending on approval or denial, you will either receive your permit or a letter of explanation in the mail within 45 days from the date of your fingerprinting. For a renewal, the timeline is up to 30 days from the date of application.
You can renew your CPL up to six months before it expires. You can renew your expired license up to one year past expiration. If it’s past one year, you must take the full 8-hour training over and present an original Certificate of Completion, which would qualify you as a Reapplication candidate (fees apply as if it were a new application).
If you qualify for exemption of prohibited premises, you must submit documentation EACH time you renew, which may include your work identification and a letter in good standing from your agency.
A CPL is valid from no less than 4 years and no more than 5 years, and expires on applicant’s birth date.
For more information on reciprocity, where you can legally carry, and more please visit:
Michigan State Police CPL Website
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Order Vital Records Online
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Concealed Pistol Permits / CPL
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