Can you get a CPL with a DUI in Michigan?
In Michigan, you can get a CPL if you have no more than two (2) DUIs. That being said, you cannot have certain pending charges in Michigan or in other states at the time you apply. Additionally, a certain period of time must pass from your conviction date before you are eligible for a license.
Applying for a CPL with 1 DUI Conviction
If you only have one DUI conviction, you need to wait three (3) years from the conviction date before applying for a CPL. For instance, if you were convicted of a DUI on Mar. 31st, 2020, you would not be eligible to apply for a CPL until Mar. 31st, 2023.
The exception to this is a DUI for operating an aircraft, while already having a prior conviction. If that is the case, you must wait eight (8) years from the DUI conviction date before applying for a license.
Applying for a CPL with 2 DUI Convictions
If you have two DUI convictions, your application won’t be considered unless it’s been eight (8) years since you were convicted of your last DUI.
For example, if you were convicted of your first DUI on Jan. 1st, 2000 and your second DUI on June 1st, 2012, you wouldn’t be eligible for a CPL until June 1st, 2020.
Additionally, if you have a CPL and are then convicted of a DUI, your CPL will be suspended or revoked depending on the circumstances such as whether or not you had your weapon on you at the time. If your license is revoked, you must wait the required time period before you are eligible to apply for a CPL again.
For example, if you have one DUI and also have a CPL but are then convicted of a second DUI, your CPL will be suspended and you won’t be able to apply for your CPL again until eight (8) years from your conviction date.
Eligibility for a CPL
If you are applying for a Michigan CPL, make sure you are eligible by viewing all of the requirements here. However, having no more than two DUIs does not automatically make you eligible for a license. There are additional factors that determine eligibility, such as:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted into the United States.
- You must be a Michigan resident for at least six (6) months before applying. See the Michigan State Police’s website for further information on what makes an applicant a resident of Michigan.
- The county clerk shall waive the six month residency requirement under certain circumstances. See the Michigan State Police’s website for these circumstances.
- You must complete a safety training course or class.
- You must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license or ID.
- Not be subject to an order of disposition of any of the following:
– Involuntary hospitalization or involuntary alternative treatment
– Legal incapacitation
– Personal protection order (PPO)
– Bond or conditional release prohibiting purchase of a firearm
– Finding of not guilty by reason of insanity
- Not be prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm.
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Can You Get a CPL with a DUI in Michigan?
So long as you have no more than two (2) DUIs, you can get a CPL in Michigan. However, you cannot have certain pending charges and a specified period of time must have passed from your conviction date. You must also meet the eligibility requirements for obtaining a CPL.
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Sarah Tarockoff is the Paralegal at The Law Offices of Barton Morris. She earned a Paralegal Certificate from Oakland Community College in 2015 and graduated from Oakland University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a concentration in criminal justice. She completed internships at the 52-3 District Court where she aided probation officers in the Probation Department and at Bernstein & Bernstein, where she worked closely with attorneys and paralegals on various litigation-related matters.