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Gun Registration/Concealed Pistol License

QUALIFICATIONS

To legally own and use a firearm, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. You should note however, that you must be at least 21 years of age if you are purchasing the firearm from a firearms dealer. You may purchase a handgun from a private individual, if you are at least 18 but under 21 years of age.
  •  If you have ever been convicted of a Felony, you will not be eligible.
  •  If you have any criminal cases pending against you or old cases without a court disposition, you will not be eligible.
  •  If you have any court orders that state you may not purchase or own a firearm, you will not be eligible.
  •  You must present valid picture identification showing your current address. We will not accept expired identifications.

PURCHASE PERMITS

  • If you are buying a pistol from a Federally Licensed Retail Firearm Dealer,you may go directly to the store to purchase it. You do not need to get a Purchase Permit from the Sheriff's Office. If you are buying a pistol from a private individual,you must first come into the Sheriff’s Office and obtain a Purchase Permit.
  • You will have to show a valid picture I.D.
  • You will be required to fill out a Handgun Purchase Permit Application.
  • A background check will be conducted to verify that you meet all the qualifications.
  • Once you have been approved, you will be issued a Purchase Permit. You will have thirty (30) days from that date to obtain your handgun. You will then have ten (10) days from the date you purchased your handgun to register it. If you do not use the Purchase Permit, you must return it to the Sheriff's Office, so we can cancel it.

HANDGUN REGISTRATION PROCESS - HANDGUN PURCHASED WITH PURCHASE PERMIT

After purchasing your handgun, you must return the Permit to Purchase to the Sheriff's Office within 10 days of purchase. If you fail to return the Permit to Purchase within 10 days of purchase, you may receive a civil infraction ticket, with a fine up to $250. DO NOT BRING YOUR FIREARM TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, PLEASE TAKE NOTE THE CHEBOYGAN COUNTY BUILDING IS A WEAPONS FREE ZONE.

You may register your handgun in several ways.

  • Hand carry the "Agency Copy" and "MSP Copy" to the Sheriff's Office. You may do this at any time, as you no longer have to bring the handgun in to be inspected. The Sheriff's Office is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 
  • Within 10 days of purchase, you may mail the Agency Copy and the MSP Copy of the Purchase Permit to us by US Postal Service First Class mail. Our address is Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department, 870 South Main Street, Cheboygan, MI  49721.
  • You must possess the "Purchaser's Copy" of the Permit to Purchase for 30 days after purchase.  As it may take more time to actually register the handgun to you after purchase, this is required to ensure that you have proof of ownership of the handgun while it is in the registration process. It is recommended that you make a photocopy of the Purchaser's Copy and retain it with the handgun for at least 6 months.

HANDGUNS PURCHASED WITH CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSE (CPL)

Individuals who have been issued a valid Concealed Pistol License (CPL) do not have to obtain a Purchase Permit before purchasing a handgun.  They are required to use a "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" to record the handgun purchase.  The "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" may be obtained from the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Office and many firearms dealers. Click here for a printable form of the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record".

After purchasing your handgun, you must submit the completed "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" to the Sheriff's Office  within 10 days of purchase. If you fail to return the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" within 10 days of purchase, you may receive a civil infraction ticket, with a fine up to $250. DO NOT BRING YOUR FIREARM TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, PLEASE TAKE NOTE THE CHEBOYGAN COUNTY BUILDING IS A WEAPONS FREE ZONE.

You may register your handgun in several ways.

  • Hand carry the "Agency Copy" and "MSP Copy" of the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" to the Sheriff's Office.  You may do this at any time, as you no longer have to bring the handgun in to be inspected. The Sheriff's Office is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 
  • Within 10 days of purchase, you may mail the Agency Copy and the MSP Copy of the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" to us by US Postal Service First Class mail. Our address is Cheboygan County Sheriff's Office, 870 South Main Street, Cheboygan, MI  49721.
  • You must possess the "Purchaser's Copy" of the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" for 30 days after purchase.  As it may take more time to actually register the handgun to you after purchase, this is required to ensure that you have proof of ownership of the handgun while it is in the registration process.It is recommended that you make a photocopy of the Purchaser's Copy and retain it with the handgun for at least 6 months

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION

If you obtained a handgun from the estate of a deceased family member you must transfer the handgun to your name.  It is required you bring to the Sheriff Department a copy of the death certificate and the name, model, and serial number of the handgun. If you meet all qualifications, the gun may be re-registered and put into your name.

If you have moved to this area from out of the state re-register your handguns with the Sheriff Department.

A Concealed Pistol License is generally required for transporting a pistol, loaded or unloaded in a motor vehicle or on your person.

Without a Concealed Pistol License, you are limited to transporting your pistol, unloaded, in a locked container, in the trunk of a vehicle only under the following circumstances:

  1. En route to or from a hunting or target shooting area, provided that you are in possession of a valid Michigan Hunting License or a member of an organization that has target shooting range facilities. 
  2. Transportation from the place of purchase to your home, place of business or place of repair. 
  3. In moving goods from one place of residence or business to another place of residence or business.

If your vehicle does not have a trunk, the pistol may be transported in the passenger compartment for the above purposes, (1 – 3), provided that it is unloaded, in a locked case and not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.

When hunting with a pistol, the pistol must be carried in a holster or belt in plain view, on the outside of your clothing, unless you have a Concealed Pistol License.

YOU are responsible for knowing the firearm laws of the State of Michigan and other states if you intend on transporting your firearm across state lines. 

Please visit our FIREARMS link for additional information.  

Concealed Weapons

Click here for the Michigan State Police Concealed Pistol Application and Instructions

Application Process for New Concealed Pistol Law

  • Obtain application kit from County Clerk/Register.
  • Complete authorized Pistol Safety Training Course and receive proper certificate.
  • Submit completed application; one passport-quality photographs; (no polaroid Photos accepted); certificate of completion of pistol safety training to County Clerk/Register. Application must be signed in the presence of a Deputy Clerk. Training must have occurred after January 1, 2001, and must state that it complies with the requirements of P.A. 372 of 1927, as amended. $105 Application and Renewal Fee.
  • References address and phone numbers must be residential addresses. Zip codes for references must also be included.
  • First, file application with the County Clerk/Register's Office. Then take the receipt of application to the Sheriff's Office to get fingerprinted.
  • Fingerprints take approximately 30 to 90 days to be returned from State & FBI check.
  • The State of Michigan CPL Firearms Unit will notify the County Clerk if you qualify. If you qualify the County Clerk will issue you your CPL license.

Renewal applicants obtain the application at the County Clerk's Office or online and submit to the Clerk's Office.  The State of Michigan CPL Firearms Unit will notify the County Clerk if you qualify.  If you qualify the County Clerk will issue you your CPL. 

Please visit our FIREARMS link for additional information.

Sheriff
Dale V. Clarmont
(231) 627-3155

Office
870 South Main Street
P.O. Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-3155
Fax: (231) 627-8880

Command Staff
Undersheriff
Timothy C. Cook
(231) 627-3155