What is a Permit to Purchase?

A Permit to Purchase a pistol is required under the following circumstances:

  • Purchasing a firearm from a private party
  • Giving a pistol to a family member or friend
  • Moving into Michigan and possessing pistols that have not been registered in this State
  • Receiving pistols from a personal estate

Where do I get a Permit to Purchase from?

Permits to Purchase a pistol are available at the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, Monday  through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You will need a valid Michigan driver’s license or ID card with your current address and photo.  It is not a requirement for you to request a Permit to Purchase from the City or County that you reside, these are available at most police agencies statewide.

Once approved for my Permit to Purchase, what do I do?

Permits come in triplicate form and are good for 30 days.  Once approved for your permit, you will need to have your signature notarized on the back of the permit, the pistol information is to be filled out, and the seller is to print and sign their name.  Once this process is complete and the permit is dated, you have 10 days to return the MSP copy back to the office that the permit was issued from, the seller and purchaser will keep their copies (MSP/Seller/Purchaser Copy are marked on the back of the permit).  Permits can be mailed or dropped off during business normal hours.  The State of Michigan no longer requires you to have a safety inspection done on the pistol.  While in possession of the firearm, you are required to keep the purchaser copy of the permit on your person for (30) thirty days after the date of sale. 

What if I purchase a pistol from a Federal Firearms Dealer?

If you purchase a pistol from an FFL dealer, they will do all the necessary paperwork at the time of sale and the purchase will be completed on an RI-060 Form (Pistol Sales Record).  There is no need to get any permit from your local police agency.  Once the RI-060 is complete, it is the purchaser's responsibility to deliver the Registry copy of the RI-060 to their local police agency.  If they do not have a local police agency, the RI-060 Form is to be delivered to the Sheriff’s Office.

I hold a valid Concealed Pistol License, do I still need a Permit to Purchase?

No.  If you hold a valid CPL are purchasing a pistol from a private party or an FFL dealer, your purchase will be competed on the RI-060 Form.  Once the RI-060 is complete, the Registry copy is to be delivered to your local police agency within 10 days of the sale date, if you do not have a local police agency, it is to be delivered to the Sheriff’s Office.  While in possession of the firearm, you are required to keep the purchaser copy of the permit on your person for (30) thirty days after the date of sale. 

Where do I get or renew by Concealed Pistol License?

Any information regarding the CPL process can be directed to the Marquette County Clerk at 906-225-8330