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Michigan LEOSA

State Controlling Agency


Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES)


106 W. Allegan, Suite 600
P.O. Box 30633
Lansing, Michigan 48909


(517) 322‐1417

State Details

Who Can Qualify

A list of Training/Test Centers where approved former law enforcement officers may train and test for LEOSA certification is located at:


Pat Hutting
(517) 322‐3967

State Law/Regulation/Directive

Michigan Compiled Law 28.511-527 Michigan Retired Law Enforcement Officer’s Firearm Carry Act


Former law enforcement officers who reside in Michigan may make application to MCOLES to obtain a LEOSA certification.

The following Web page includes links to documents required for LEOSA qualification in Michigan:

These documents include the following:

1. Application for Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Certification.

2. MCOLES template for the former employer’s verification letter (letters conforming to the MCOLES template are to be signed by an authorized representative of the agency with which the applicant was formerly employed).

3. A Live Scan fingerprinting application.

The application process consists of the following 4 steps:
a) fingerprint scan,
b) application to MCOLES,
c) meeting the active duty firearms standard, and
d) approval from MCOLES.

Step 1: Fingerprint Scan
Former law enforcement officers seeking to obtain certification are required to submit to a fingerprint‐based identification and a criminal history search in the initial application (not required for renewal applications).

Applicants must obtain a fingerprint scan for a criminal records check. Applicants may obtain the scan at their local sheriff’s office, local law enforcement agency, or the law enforcement agency with which they were formerly employed, if such agencies have Live Scan capabilities and are willing to test “applicants.” The Michigan State Police will NOT do the fingerprinting. Private vendors may be used as well. Print cards will not be accepted.

For a list of private fingerprint vendors, go to www.identogo.com and click on the Michigan Map for On‐line Scheduling, Locations, and Forms and Links.

Applicants should call ahead to the location where they may want to be fingerprinted to determine if the location will do “applicant” fingerprinting and that they are capable of coding the “Reason for Fingerprinting” as “RLE,” (NOT “CCW”). Not all Live Scan locations will do applicant fingerprinting. All the approved private vendors will do applicant fingerprinting. Fingerprinting Fees: The federal charge is $19.25; the state charge is $30.00; and the private vendor charge is $ 13.50. County and local law enforcement agencies are permitted to set their own fees.

Applicants must complete the form entitled “Live Scan Fingerprint Request” and submit the form to the law enforcement agency or private vendor where the prints are being taken. The MCOLES ID number is “77061P.” The Reason for Fingerprinting is “RLE.” Results of the print check will be automatically forwarded to MCOLES. Print cards will not be accepted. Obtain a copy of the completed “Live Scan Fingerprint Request” form as proof of fingerprinting. The photocopy must accompany the completed, signed application form. Questions regarding this process can be directed to MCOLES at 517‐322‐3967.

Step 2: Application Packet The applicant shall submit a complete application packet to MCOLES. The application packet must include:

The completed and signed application form. 

An agency letter signed by an authorized representative of the agency with which the applicant was formerly employed on agency letterhead that conforms to the MCOLES template in all respects. Letters that do not conform to the MCOLES template will be rejected and render the application defective. (Note: It is noted that the FBI has refused to provide these letters. In these cases, MCOLES has approved LEOSA qualification.)

A passport quality photograph, which shall be: taken alone, taken within the last 6 months, with an image from bottom of chin to top of head, of between 1 and 1 3/8 inches. The photo must be clear, front view, full face, taken without a hat or dark glasses, with a white background. For certification renewals, a new photograph is required every 5 years. A photocopy of the proof of fingerprinting. A photocopy of the driver’s license or state ID. The application fee of $35.00—checks made payable to the “State of Michigan.” The applicant will be notified via U.S. mail by MCOLES when the application has been approved.

Step 3: Firearms Course of Fire and Knowledge Testing 

The applicant should contact a Training/Test Center to schedule training and testing. The applicant is required to:

• Pay the Training/Testing Center fee of $95.00.

• Provide their own handgun and ammunition (50 rounds, in the event of the need for a retest) for qualification. The applicant shall demonstrate compliance with Michigan’s active duty firearm standard at an MCOLES approved regional Training / Test Center.

The active duty standard consists of two equally important components:

a) an educational component, which consists of seven behaviorally‐based outcomes and a test (decision‐making) and b) a standard course of fire (mechanical skills).

The educational component of the active duty firearm standard consists of the following:

• The appropriate use of deadly force. 

• Assessing a life threatening situation.

• Employing sound safety tactics.

• Appropriately discharging a firearm in a life threatening situation.

• The requirements of LEOSA and civilian carry laws.

The course of fire consists of 25 rounds of ammunition, using a standard academy target, at the following distances:

• 2‐yards (6 rounds)

• 3 yards (6 rounds)

• 4 / 7 yards (2 targets, 10 rounds)

• 10 yards (3 rounds)

Step 4: Processing Application

Test results from the regional Training/Test Center will be sent to MCOLES for further processing. MCOLES will ensure that all requirements have been met.

The MCOLES credential is valid for one year and must be renewed upon expiration in order to maintain the authorization to carry a concealed firearm under LEOSA.

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