Michigan Reciprocity

As a Michigan resident with a valid CPL, are you allowed to carry in other states?


A Michigan concealed pistol licensee who wishes to carry a concealed pistol in another state is responsible for complying with the laws of that state. Michigan’s concealed pistol law expressly recognizes permits issued by other states to its residents. MCL 28.432a .


Non-residents are subject to the Michigan law while carrying a pistol in Michigan, including those laws restricting where pistols may be carried, the implied consent provision, disclosure to a peace officer when stopped, and carrying while under the influence.


A non-resident should acquaint himself or herself with the Michigan law before carrying a concealed pistol in Michigan.


Similarly, a Michigan concealed pistol licensee who wishes to carry a concealed pistol in another state is responsible for complying with the laws of that state. In an effort to identify which states recognize Michigan issued concealed pistol licenses, each state was contacted by the Attorney General.

States that Recognize Michigan resident Concealed Pistol License:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont (does not require carry permits by residents or non residents)
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

**Again, anyone traveling in one of these states needs to check their laws, which in many instances are available on that state’s website or by calling the state’s Attorney Generals office or the office of the State Police.

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States that DO NOT recognize Michigan resident Concealed Pistol License:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island

Passing Through Other States that Don’t Honor Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL):


Federal law expressly provides that persons may carry a firearm in their vehicles while traveling through another state provided that the possession of the weapon is legal in both the states of origin and destination and the weapon is unloaded and carried in the trunk of the vehicle or a locked container other than the glove box. See 18 U.S.C.926a

Non-residents of Michigan wishing to carry a concealed pistol in Michigan:


If you are a non-resident of Michigan with a valid concealed pistol permit from your home state, Michigan will recognize your permit. However, you must carry in conformance with any and all restrictions appearing on the permit. You are subject to Michigan’s concealed pistol law including but not limited to restrictions on where a concealed pistol may be carried. Please review the information provided on this website for further information.

Concealed Weapon Permit Reciprocity


If you are a Michigan resident with a Michigan concealed pistol permit and want to carry your pistol into another state you are strongly encouraged to contact that state for information on their concealed pistol law. A Michigan CPL permit does not supersede any other state’s law or CCW requirements.