Office of the Bay County Sheriff

Troy Cunningham, Sheriff

Bay County Law Enforcement Center
503 Third Street
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4050
Fax: (989) 895-4058

Handgun Permits and Registration

Handgun permits and registrations can be done for Bay County residents at the front counter (Record's Division) during normal business hours. Individuals requesting a purchase permit are required to have a photo I.D. with their current address, pass a criminal background check and take a basic firearm safety test. (A pamphlet on Basic Pistol Safety is available upon request.) Once the requirements are met, a purchase permit, valid for 10 days, will be issued. If the permit is not used, it should be returned to the Sheriff's Office. Once a Firearm has been purchased, the owner has 10 days in which to bring the handgun in for a Safety Inspection check.


A person with a valid CCW license no longer needs a purchase permit when buying a handgun, HOWEVER, they must still bring the handgun to the Sheriff's Office for the Safety Inspection / registration.

Residents of the cities of Auburn, Bay City and Pinconning as well as Hampton Township can apply for handgun purchase permits from their local Police agencies.