Ottawa County, Michigan

Vital Records Division

Concealed Pistol License (CPL)

Maintenance Notice
The Clerk’s office is unable to process (CPLs) due to routine maintenance on the Michigan State Police program that pulls the SOS photo and information on the Wednesday after the first Monday of every month between 8:00-10:00am:

January 4th
February 8th
March 8th
April 5th
May 3rd
June 7th
July 5th
August 9th
September 6th
October 4th
November 8th
December 6th
  • New CPL

    New CPL applications must be submitted, in person, at the County Clerk’s office in which you permanently reside. The below materials are required for application processing:

    • Pistol Safety Training Course Completion Certificate
    • Completed, unsigned application form
    • Valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID)
    • $100.00 cash/check/credit

    After submitting your application you will be sent for fingerprinting. For more information on fingerprinting please see Fingerprinting Information below. You will receive either your CPL or a Letter of Explanation in the mail within 45 days from the day you get your fingerprints done.

  • Renewal/Reapplication CPL

    Renewal applications must be submitted, in person, at the County Clerk’s office in which you permanently reside. The below materials are required for application processing:

    • Completed, unsigned application form
    • Valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID)
    • Current CPL
    • $115.00 cash/check/credit

    You will receive your new CPL in the mail within 30 days of applying.

    Reapplication’s for CPLs are designed for individuals who have had a Michigan CPL in the past and it has either:

    • been expired for more than 1 year
    • was revoked

    All Reapplications must be submitted, in person, at the County Clerk’s office in which you permanently reside. The below materials are required for processing:

    • Pistol Safety Training Course Completion Certificate from the last 5 years
    • Completed, unsigned application form
    • Valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID)
    • $100.00 cash/check/credit

    After submitting your application you will be sent to be re-fingerprinted. For more information on fingerprinting please see Fingerprinting Information below. You will receive either your CPL or a Letter of Explanation in the mail within 45 days from the day you get your fingerprints done.

  • Emergency CPL

    Emergency PPO CPLs are approve and issued out of the Clerk’s office if the applicant has obtained a personal protection order issued under MCL 600.2950 or 600.2950a.

    Emergency Sheriff CPLs are approved by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office and issued out of the Clerk’s office. These are only issued if a county sheriff determines there is clear and convincing evidence to believe the safety of the applicant or the safety of a member of the applicant’s family or household is endangered by the applicant’s inability to immediately obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol.

    *Please note that although our offices work as quickly as possible, it is not guaranteed that the applicant will leave with a CPL in hand. * To apply for either Emergency CPL, please bring with you:

    • Valid driver’s license or state ID
    • PPO paperwork/Supporting documentation
    • Completed, unsigned application form
    • Although the Course Completion Certificate is not required at the time of application, the applicant must complete the 8-hour Pistol Safety Training Course within 10 days of application and submit it to the County Clerk’s office along with an application for a New CPL.
  • Appeal Process

    If your CPL has been Denied or Revoked, you may submit a Claim of Appeal on Application for Concealed Weapon License to:

    20th Circuit Court
    414 Washington Avenue
    Grand Haven, MI 49417

    If your CPL has been suspended due to a PPO or pending misdemeanor/felony charges and the PPO has been terminated or the charges have been cleared, the applicant may submit, in person, a Request For Concealed Pistol License Reinstatement . To submit this request, please bring:

    • Driver’s License/State ID
    • All supporting court documentation* (ex. PPO Termination, final judgement, etc.)

    There is no charge for this service however, please be advised that this is not an immediate process. Michigan State Police will review the applicants file and issue a decision. Either your CPL or a Letter of Explanation will be mailed to your address.

    *Please note that a request will not be accepted without any and all supporting documentation.

  • Fingerprint Information

    Fingerprinting for Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) is offered at the Fillmore Street Complex, Administration Building at the Sheriff’s Main Office.

    Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
    12220 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49464
    Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm, no appointment necessary.

    • Valid Picture ID with current address (Michigan Driver's License or Michigan ID Card)
    • Receipt from the County Clerk’s Office
    • CPL License (if renewing)

    You will receive either your CPL or a Letter of Explanation in the mail within 45 days from the day you get your fingerprints done.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    I do not live in Ottawa County; can I apply at your office?

    No, you must apply with the County Clerk in the county you reside.

    I have an Ottawa County issued CPL and have moved to another county. Do I need to reapply in the new county?

    No. If you move to another county, your CPL is still valid until it expires or is otherwise suspended/revoked. You may let us know, in person, that you have moved and we can update your address so you still receive a notice of expiration. When it comes time to renew, you will go to the County Clerk in the county you reside.

    Where can I get my fingerprints done?

    As a courtesy, the Ottawa County Sherriff’s Office does offer this service for $15. By law, you are entitled to get your fingerprints taken by any LiveScan fingerprint vendor in the State of Michigan. For a list of private LiveScan vendors check the Michigan State Police website.

    Do I need to bring a passport quality photo with me to apply?

    No. Beginning December 1, 2015 applicants do not need to bring a passport quality photo with them to apply. All photos are now pulled directly from the Secretary of State’s database.

    How long is my CPL valid?

    A CPL is valid for up to 5 years and no less than 4 years but must expire on the applicant’s birthday. For example, if a CPL holder whose birthday is 7/20 was issued a CPL on 5/25/2011 the CPL would have to expire on 7/20/2015.

    I applied for my CPL but I have not received it yet, what do I do?

    Remember, we have 45 days from the date you get fingerprinted for new applicants and 30 days for renewal applicants to get either your CPL or a letter of explanation to you. If that period of time has passed, you may stop by any of our offices to inquire about the status of your CPL.

    I applied for my CPL with a friend and they have already received their CPL but I have not received mine – Is something wrong with my application?

    This happens quite frequently and is not a reflection on your application. Remember, we have 45 days for new and 30 days for renewal applicants to get you a CPL or a letter of explanation. If you are concerned about the status of your CPL, we encourage you to come in person to any of our offices to speak with us about it.

    Can I call and check the status of my CPL?

    No. In an effort to protect your privacy, state law prohibits us from discussing the status of your CPL over the phone, or by email. We can only check the status of your CPL in person, with a valid government issued ID.

    I lost my CPL/ my CPL was stolen. How do I replace it?

    You may come, in person, to our Fillmore location with a valid, government issued photo ID and request a duplicate license. There is a $10.00 fee that can be paid with cash/credit/check.

    My name has legally changed since my CPL was issued. How do I change my name on my CPL?

    You may come, in person, to our Fillmore location with a valid, updated government issued photo ID and any legal paperwork (finalized judgement of divorce, marriage license, etc) that proves the name change. Our office will contact Michigan State Police to have your name changed in the system and will mail out your new CPL. There is a $10.00 charge for this service.

    I have a Pistol Purchase Permit. Do I submit that to your office?

    No. All Pistol Purchase Permits must be submitted to the Sherriff’s Office. The Ottawa County Sherriff’s office is located at:

    Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
    12220 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49460

    My CPL was suspended because I had a PPO out against me but it has been terminated. How do I get my CPL back?

    You may stop by our office and fill out a Request for Concealed Pistol License Reinstatement. At the time of the request you must also submit all supporting court documentation or your request will not be considered. There is no charge to request reinstatement. Please note that this request will take time to process and you will not receive your CPL back immediately.

    I still have questions that were not answered here. What other resources would you suggest I take a look at?

    Our office is always ready and willing to assist with finding answers to questions you might have. Some of our go-to resources are:

    Michigan State Police – Firearms Unit
    Michigan State Police – Reciprocity
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    National Rifle Association – Training Course Near You