General Info

Handgun Qualification License - Standard

Statewide License

A license issued by the Secretary that authorizes a person to purchase, rent, or receive a handgun.

For the HQL Standard, you are required to take a 4 hour training course of instruction that includes the following minimum curricula: 

1. State Firearm Law. Overview of the State firearm laws, including discussion of what constitutes a regulated firearm, how to properly purchase or transfer a firearm, where allowed to carry or transport a firearm, when necessary to possess a carry permit, who is prohibited from possessing firearms, and state law relating to minors, permissible levels of force, and use of deadly force.

2. Home Firearm Safety. Overview of handgun and firearm safety in the home, including discussion of access to minors, locking and storing of firearms, and use of safety devices, such as secure lock boxes.

3. Handgun Mechanisms and Operation. Overview of the proper operation and safe handling of a handgun, including cleaning and maintenance, the loading and unloading of ammunition, and the differences between revolvers and semi-automatic handguns.

4. Operation and Handling Demonstration. Orientation component that demonstrates the person’s safe operation and handling of a firearm, to include a “live fire” component in which the applicant safely shoots the weapon. An applicant may not be required to fire in excess of 15 yards during qualifications.

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Valid for 10 Years Revised : No Date
30 Days Approval time
$50 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

If a question is answered yes to any of the questions on the application then corresponding documentation must be submitted.

Livescan fingerprints.

Four-hour HQL training course.

How do I apply?

Apply or register

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How do I maintain or renew my license?

Maintaining Your License

Renewal after 10 Years

You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your license

Submit the renewal application 90 days prior to expiration.

License issuer



Who issues the license?

Maryland Department of State Police

Contact information

Licensing Division HQL Section
Tel: (410) 653-4457 / Fax: (410) 653-4036
Work hours: 8:00am-4:30pm
Address: 1111 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208

Where can I find more information?

Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for additional information

How do I apply?

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