Wayne County Clerk still shows application appointments out to September 2021, but are they really? The answer is no.
So you completed your Concealed Pistol License Class. The class that is required by law in order to obtain your CPL in the state of Michigan.
You're a law-abiding citizen and Michigan is a "shall issue" state, meaning unless you have disqualifying factors, the Michigan govenment SHALL ISSUE your license to you.
Most counties, you simply go to the County Clerk's office in the county you reside in. You fill out the application, pay your $100 fee, give them your license, and swear under oath. Then you're off to get fingerprinted.
This is not the case in Wayne County, MI. You must hop online to
and make your appointment.
No big deal, right?
Once you get to the section that allows you to schedule your CPL Application appointment, you're in for a shocking surprise.
Currently, you can make an appointment for September 2021!
That's the fall of NEXT YEAR!
Looking here, we see that all appointments for August 2021 are full.
Then we move to September 2021 and we see that there are appointments available.
But here's the dirty little secret...
Once you commit to an appointment in the fall of next year, IF you commit to an appointment, you will get an email within a few days. You will be told that your appointment has been moved to January or February of 2021. Possibly even sooner.
DO NOT MISS THAT EMAIL!
The Wayne County Clerk won't be calling you to tell you they have chosen a new appointment for you. You're on your own here. There is no option to change that appointment, either.
So, why isn't the Wayne County Clerk being honest and up-front about actual appointment availability?
It sure seems like the Wayne County Clerk's office is purposely deterring people from making that appointment to obtain a Concealed Pistol License.
In the past few months, local gun rights organizations such as Michigan Open Carry, Inc. have brought the bottlenecking issue to county commissioners and done live interviews with news outlets alerting the public to the massive backlog. There was a blatant difference between an appointment for a birth certificate and an appointment for a Concealed Pistol License, seemingly singling out CPL applicants. It's no surprise that Wayne County Clerk, Cathy M. Garrett, is a registered anti-firearm democrat.
Local organizations and firearm instructors successfully fought for the citizens of Wayne County and the County Clerk finally implemented changes. Extra staff and fingerprinting machines were brought in to process applicants much more quickly.
However, why are we still seeing appointment dates NINE MONTHS OUT?
Is the website PURPOSELY still showing absurd appointment dates to deter applicants from exercising their rights to self-protection during such a turbulent time in history?
Perhaps we can ask her ourselves by giving her a quick call or sending an email.
Cathy M. Garrett
Christie Bass is a wife and mother of 3 children. She is a USCCA Firearms instructor and Training Counselor dedicated to empowering all human beings and helping them to realize just how valuable they truly are. She is adamant that we take all steps necessary to teach individuals how to keep themselves free from violence and believes human life holds the highest value.