In a day and age when you can accomplish nearly everything you want to do online, the State of Michigan will now allow you to renew your license to carry a concealed pistol by logging on and taking care of that piece of business electronically. That will make things considerably easier for the nearly 650,000 people who have such a license in the Great Lakes State.
The law changed on Friday and effective immediately those Michigan resident with an existing concealed pistol license, or CPL, can now renew the license online at the link below:
It's not an automatic deal, however. Authorities say that online renewal requires a personal identification number, or PIN. If a CPL holder’s renewal notification letter does not contain a PIN, he or she may request a new renewal notification letter directly from the county clerk that issued the original license to carry.
In addition to online renewal, CPL holders may also renew their license in-person at their county clerk’s office or by mail with a completed application and payment. The application and instructions for renewing by mail are available by clicking the link below:
The new online system is exclusively for license renewals. First-time Concealed Pistol License applicants must still apply in-person at their county clerk’s office.
Statewide there are 644,677 active CPLs. Once issued, a CPL is valid for up to five years under current state law.