CPL Application Photo

I’m not sure why our current Concealed Pistol License needs a photo on it. The CPL card must be carried with your state issued ID. Before 2000  a CPL didn’t have a photo on it (see photo above).

UPDATE: Beginning December 1, 2015, the county clerk will obtain your photograph used on your driver license or personal identification card from the secretary of state.

But, if for some unknown reason an applicant does not have a digitized photograph on file with the secretary of state, a passport-quality photograph of the applicant must be provided by the applicant at the time of application.

Your CPL application (and renewal) must include a “Passport-Quality Photograph” which some counties (like Oakland) will do for an additional charge. If your county does not (like Lapeer) you have to either have one taken (about $12 at CVS, Walgreens, etc.) or you can do it yourself.

Your passport photo must be:

– In color
– Printed on photo quality paper
– 1 x 1.25″ inches on size (NOT the standard 2×2 passport photo size)
– Sized such that the head must fit in the 1″ x 1.25″ space
– Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
– Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
– Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
– With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open