Gun Registration & Safety

Obtaining a Purchase Permit

If you plan to purchase your gun from an individual you must first obtain a purchase permit from a local law enforcement center. A $2.00 non-refundable Notary fee will apply for each purchase permit application processed by the Midland Police Department. Fees may differ with other agencies. If you plan to purchase your gun from a dealer, you do not need to complete this step. The dealer will run your background check and issue a license to purchase if your background check is clear.

  • To Purchase a gun from a dealer, you must be at least 21 years of age.
  • To purchase a gun from a private owner, you must be at lease 18 years of age.
  • You will need a valid Michigan driver's license or Michigan ID card with your current address.
  • A Criminal History will be run as part of your purchase permit process.
  • The seller must complete and sign the purchase permit.
    • All information must be filled in completely and legibly.
    • You must include a contact phone number. You may be called for clarification if the information on the form is not legible.
  • You must return to the police department where you received your purchase permit in order to register your handgun. 

Registering a Handgun

To register a handgun, simply bring the completed purchase permit to the Law Enforcement Center within 10 days from the date of purchase. The purchase permit is a 3-part document. Only the State Registry copy needs to be turned in. The Seller copy of the purchase permit remains with the seller and the Purchaser copy remains with the purchaser.

Registering a Rifle of Shotgun

There is no mandate to register a rifle or shotgun. However, it is recommended that you keep a record of the make, model, and serial number from these weapons in case they are ever stolen.

Obtain a Concealed Pistol License

This service is not available at the Midland Police Department. Please contact the Midland County Clerk for further information at 989-832-6739