Gun Registration/Concealed Pistol License

Firearm ownership carries with it a great responsibility. You must take the appropriate measures to safeguard your welfare, as well as the welfare of others, when handling a firearm. Accident prevention is the user's responsibility.

There is a $5.00 notary fee to obtain a Handgun Purchase Permit  .

Our hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M

QUALIFICATIONS

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

1. 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.
2. If you have ever been convicted of a Felony, you will not be eligible.
3. If you have any criminal cases pending against you or old cases without a court disposition, you will not be eligible.
4. If you have any court orders that state you may not purchase or own a firearm, you will not be eligible.
5. You must present valid picture identification showing your current address. We will not accept expired identifications.

PURCHASE PERMITS

1. 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.
2. Again, you will have to show a valid picture I.D.
3. You will be required to fill out a Handgun Purchase Permit Application.
4. We will do a background check to verify that you meet all the qualifications.
5. 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

1. After purchasing your handgun, you must take 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.  YOU ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO BRING THE HANDGUN WITH YOU.

You may register your handgun in several ways.

     a.     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.  If you bring the "Purchaser Copy" as well, we will date stamp that copy as your proof that it was returned within the 10 day time limit.

     b.     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.  However, this process does not give you any proof of registration.  It is recommended that you mail the Permit to Purchase with "Return Receipt Requested".  In that way, you have proof of when the Permits to Purchase was mailed.  Our address is Otsego County Sheriff's Office, 124 S. Court Ave. Gaylord, MI 49735.

2.    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 Otsego County Sheriff's Office and many firearms dealers.  A link to a printable form of the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" is available to print from our Forms section or the attached Michigan State Police link www.michigan.gov/documents/ri-060_6454_7.pdf

1. 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.  YOU ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO BRING THE HANDGUN WITH YOU.

You may register your handgun in several ways.

     a.     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.  If you bring the "Purchaser Copy" as well, we will date stamp that copy as your proof that it was returned within the 10 day time limit.

     b.     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.  However, this process does not give you any proof of registration.  It is recommended that you mail the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" with "Return Receipt Requested".  In that way, you have proof of when the "RI-60 Pistol Sale Record" was mailed.  Our address is Otsego County Sheriff's Office, 124 S. Court Ave. Gaylord, MI 49735.

2.    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 will need to bring it into the Sheriff Department (Unloaded and in a locked case), along with a copy of the death certificate. In most cases, if you meet all qualifications, the gun may be re-registered and put into your name.

Further, if you have moved to this area from out of the state, you must bring your handgun into the Sheriff Department (Unloaded and in a locked case), and have it re-registered in the State of Michigan.

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.
  4. To your local police agency, within 10 days of purchase, to obtain a Safety Inspection Certificate (Registration).

If your vehicle does not have a trunk, the pistol may be transported in the passenger compartment for the above purposes, (1 – 4), provided that it is unloaded, in a locked case and not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.

NOTE – Full-time Peace Officers with arrest powers are not required to obtain a Concealed Pistol License.

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.

2014 CPL GUN BOARD SCHEDULE

2014 Gun Board Schedule

CONCEALED PISTOL

How do I apply for my Concealed Pistol License?

(YOU CAN OBTAIN A CPL APPLICATION PACKET FROM THE SHERIFF DEPARTMENT)
Carrying Concealed Weapons (Effective December, 2013)

Link: Michigan State Police Concealed Weapon Information

 New Applicants
1. Complete the required 8 hour training course
2. Submit your completed UNSIGNED application with the following, to the Otsego County Clerk’s Office:

a. Training Certificate
b. One (1)  passport quality photo – Suggestions: WalGreen, Walmart, Rite Aid
c. Valid picture ID with current address
d. $105.00 fee payable by Cash or Check
(Check payable to: Otsego County Clerk)

3. Once you have completed the above steps, you will need to take your paid receipt to the Otsego County Jail to have your fingerprints taken. Printing hours: M-F, 8am to 6pm.
Allow for 1-2 weeks before the next step 
4.  You will receive a call, telling you what day and time to appear before the Board

Renewal Applicants
1. Complete 3 hours of review of the required training materials and have at least 1 hour of firing range time in the last 6 months. The Otsego County Concealed Pistol Licensing Board recommends that you contact your previous instructor, or any firearms instructor, for more detailed information.
2. Submit your completed UNSIGNED application with the following, to the Otsego County Clerk’s Office:

a. One (1)  NEW passport quality photo – Suggestions: WalGreen, Walmart, Rite Aid
(Photos from the previous application process will not be accepted)
b. Valid picture ID with current address
c. Previous License
d. $105.00 fee payable by Cash or Check (Check payable to: Otsego County Clerk)

3. Once you have completed the above steps, you will need to take your paid receipt to the Otsego County Jail to have your fingerprints taken. Printing hours: M-F, 8am to 6pm.
Allow for 1-2 weeks before the next step
4. The Otsego County Concealed Pistol Licensing Board will review renewal applications to select which applicants will need to be seen again.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSE APPLICATION PACKET OR WWW.MICHIGAN.GOV FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.