Pistol Purchase / Registration


Permits to purchase a pistol can be obtained at our Dispatch Center. Permits are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Although permits may sometimes be issued on the same day, the process for reviewing and approving applications may take several days. There is no cost for a permit.


In order to register a pistol, you must:
  • Have a valid Michigan driver's license or personal ID
  • Not be subject to a Personal Protection Order or Conditional Bond Release
  • Not have any current arrest warrants
Convictions for certain criminal laws may also disqualify you. CCW applicants who receive a CCW permit issued on or after July 1, 2001, may now use it to purchase a pistol and will no longer be required to obtain a separate purchase permit, as long as their CCW remains valid.

Free Firearm Gun Locks and Safety Kits

The Rochester Police Department will provide free firearm safety kits to residents of the City of Rochester through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. Read more about our Free Firearm Gun Locks and Safety Kits.