LEOSA Renewal Process
The application renewal process consists of the following 3 steps:
- Application to MCOLES
- Meeting the active duty firearms standard
- Approval from MCOLES
Step 1: Application Packet
A qualified retiree who wishes to renew their LEOSA certification shall mail all of the below to MCOLES:
- Complete and sign the Application For Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Certification
- Include a check for the application fee of $35 made payable to “State of Michigan”
- Include a photocopy of a valid driver license or state identification card
You will receive a letter from MCOLES advising you if you have been approved for renewal.
NOTE: Applicants for renewal do NOT have to be re-fingerprinted nor is another employment verification letter required. Since re-fingerprinting is not required, applicants should remember that the law requires that MCOLES be notified if the applicant has been arrested since first fingerprinting for the LEOSA program.
Step 2: Firearms Course of Fire and Knowledge Testing
The applicant should contact a Training/Test Center to schedule training and testing. For a list of available training and testing dates see the LEOSA Training/Testing Schedule.
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 re- test) 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)
Remedial training is recommended in the event of a failure. One retest will be allowed during the test session. Failure on the retest will require scheduling a second training and testing session and payment of a second fee to the training and testing center.
Step 3: 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. Upon successful compliance, a LEOSA certificate/identification card will be mailed to the retiree, which is valid for one year.