Tuesday, April 16, 2013

An Unscientific Poll on Michigan Concealed Pistol License Processing Times

As a Firearms Instructor, I often get asked by many people how long does it take for the respective county clerk's offices to process Michigan Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) Applications.

My answer to such inquiries is that it depends on that respective county clerk's office, their procedures, and their allocated resources. In fact, many county clerk offices will tell applicants that it will take two to three months.

 As a purely speculative exercise, I recently asked my friends on Facebook to tell me how long it took for them to either receive their CPL or their latest CPL renewal after submitting their application. Mind you, that I am fully aware that this study is not scientific; it is merely reporting information that was submitted to me.

User Submitted Data: 48 Responses
Respondent 1: Oakland County - 6 weeks
Respondent 2: Ingham County - 6 weeks
Respondent 3: Washtenaw County - 4 weeks
Respondent 4: Wayne County - 4 weeks
Respondent 5: Kent County - 8 weeks
Respondent 6: Kent County - 16 weeks
Respondent 7: Jackson County - 7 weeks
Respondent 8: Clinton County - 2 weeks
Respondent 9: Oakland County - 4 weeks
Respondent 10: Wayne County - 6 weeks
Respondent 11: Wayne County - 6 weeks
Respondent 12: Wayne County - 7 weeks
Respondent 13: Wayne County - 6 weeks
Respondent 14: Kent County - 10 weeks
Respondent 15: Barry County - 2 weeks
Respondent 16: Macomb County - 4 weeks
Respondent 17: Macomb County - 3 weeks
Respondent 18: Oakland County - 6 weeks
Respondent 19: Oakland County - 7 weeks
Respondent 20: Lapeer County - 6 weeks
Respondent 21: Macomb County - 8 weeks
Respondent 22: Washtenaw County - 4 weeks
Respondent 23: Ingham County - 2 weeks
Respondent 24: Antrim County - 1 week
Respondent 25: St. Joseph - 4 weeks
Respondent 26: Wayne County - 4 weeks
Respondent 27: Macomb County - 5 weeks
Respondent 28: Oakland County - 8 weeks
Respondent 29: Oakland County - 8 weeks
Respondent 30: Ottawa County - 8 weeks
Respondent 31: St. Joseph County - 3 weeks
Respondent 32: Alpena County - 7 weeks
Respondent 33: Barry County - 6 weeks
Respondent 34: Washtenaw County - 6 weeks
Respondent 35: Macomb County - 24 weeks
Respondent 36: Lenawee County - 4 weeks
Respondent 37: Lenawee County - 2 weeks
Respondent 38: Wayne County - 4 weeks
Respondent 39: Oakland County - 2 weeks
Respondent 40: Clare County - 2 weeks
Respondent 41: Lenawee County - 1 week
Respondent 42: Oakland County - 6 weeks
Respondent 43: Macomb County - 12 weeks
Respondent 44: Allegan County - 2 weeks
Respondent 45: Wayne County - 10 weeks
Respondent 46: Macomb County - 12 weeks
Respondent 47: Oakland County - 1 week
Respondent 48: Oakland County - 2 weeks
Average Total Response Time: 5.8 weeks

Wayne County Surveys Submitted: 8 Responses
Respondent 4: Wayne County - 4 weeks
Respondent 10: Wayne County - 6 weeks
Respondent 11: Wayne County - 6 weeks
Respondent 12: Wayne County - 7 weeks
Respondent 13: Wayne County - 6 weeks
Respondent 26: Wayne County - 4 weeks
Respondent 38: Wayne County - 4 weeks
Respondent 45: Wayne County - 10 weeks
Average Wayne County Response Time: 5.9 weeks

Oakland County Surveys Submitted: 10 Responses
Respondent 1: Oakland County - 6 weeks
Respondent 9: Oakland County - 4 weeks
Respondent 18: Oakland County - 6 weeks
Respondent 19: Oakland County - 7 weeks
Respondent 28: Oakland County - 8 weeks
Respondent 29: Oakland County - 8 weeks
Respondent 39: Oakland County - 2 weeks
Respondent 42: Oakland County - 6 weeks
Respondent 47: Oakland County - 1 week
Respondent 48: Oakland County - 2 weeks
Average Oakland County Response Time: 7.1 weeks

Macomb County Surveys Submitted: 7 Responses
Respondent 16: Macomb County - 4 weeks
Respondent 17: Macomb County - 3 weeks
Respondent 21: Macomb County - 8 weeks
Respondent 27: Macomb County - 5 weeks
Respondent 35: Macomb County - 24 weeks
Respondent 43: Macomb County - 12 weeks
Respondent 46: Macomb County - 12 weeks
Average Macomb County Response Time: 9.7 weeks

Outside Tri-County Surveys Submitted: 23 Responses
Respondent 2: Ingham County - 6 weeks
Respondent 3: Washtenaw County - 4 weeks
Respondent 5: Kent County - 8 weeks
Respondent 6: Kent County - 16 weeks
Respondent 7: Jackson County - 7 weeks
Respondent 8: Clinton County - 2 weeks
Respondent 14: Kent County - 10 weeks
Respondent 15: Barry County - 2 weeks
Respondent 20: Lapeer County - 6 weeks
Respondent 22: Washtenaw County - 4 weeks
Respondent 23: Ingham County - 2 weeks
Respondent 24: Antrim County - 1 week
Respondent 25: St. Joseph - 4 weeks
Respondent 30: Ottawa County - 8 weeks
Respondent 31: St. Joseph County - 3 weeks
Respondent 32: Alpena County - 7 weeks
Respondent 33: Barry County - 6 weeks
Respondent 34: Washtenaw County - 6 weeks
Respondent 36: Lenawee County - 4 weeks
Respondent 37: Lenawee County - 2 weeks
Respondent 40: Clare County - 2 weeks
Respondent 41: Lenawee County - 1 week
Respondent 44: Allegan County - 2 weeks
Average Outside Tri-County Response Time: 4.9 weeks

Observations
I was not surprised that CPL applications outside of the Tri-County area were lower than any of the three Tri-County members (i.e. Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb). Those counties get the "lion's share" of CPL applications, so a slower response time was expected by me. However, the biggest revelation from my data hints that Wayne County processes CPL applications faster than either Oakland or Macomb.

What do you think? Has Wayne County significantly improved their CPL Application processing times?

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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