General Info

Handgun Wear and Carry Permit

Statewide Permit

A permit issued by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.

Valid for 2-3 Years, Depending on Permit Revised : No Date
90 Days After Submission Approval time
$0-$75 Application cost
60-180 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

An applicant between 18 and 21 years of age may only be issued a wear and carry permit to possess a regulated firearm required for employment

Has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year has been imposed; or convicted of a criminal offense for which you could have been sentenced to more than 2 years incarceration.

Has not been convicted of a crime involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance unless under legitimate medical direction.

Based on an investigation, has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render the person’s possession of a handgun a danger to the person or others.

Has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against danger.

As of October 1, 2013, has successfully completed the Maryland State Police approved firearms training course within 2 year prior to submitting the original or renewal application.

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file

How do I maintain or renew my permit?

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal after 2-3 Years, Depending on Permit

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

Under Maryland Public Safety Article 5-310:
The Secretary may revoke a permit on a finding that the holder:
(1) does not meet the qualifications described in § 5-306 of this subtitle; or
(2) violated § 5-308 of this subtitle.

Permit issuer



Who issues the permit?

Maryland Department of State Police

Contact information

Licensing Division Wear and Carry Permit Section
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?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file


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