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Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

The Michigan Retired Law Enforcement Officer's Firearm Carry Act became effective in Michigan on March 31, 2009.  This act enables qualified law enforcement officers to carry under the provisions of the federal Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act (LEOSA) and Michigan law. In January 2013, the U.S. Congress amended the LEOSA law to include military police and Department of Defense officers.

A former officer, who meets the definition of a qualified law enforcement officer as defined in federal law (18 USC 926C), may obtain a credential from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to carry concealed. For a list of requirements, prohibitors and restrictions visit the LEOSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Many people have questions about the difference between the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), for your convenience please view the Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL) or Certification Under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA): Which do I choose? document for a side by side comparison.

Application Process

I want to apply for a LEOSA

I want to renew my LEOSA

For more information about the LEOSA please visit the Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) on our website. If you have any questions after reviewing our material please contact MCOLES by email at or by phone at 517-636-7868.