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 must have a "good and substantial reason" for the issuance of a wear and carry permit and must submit documentation to support the good and substantial reason requested.

The applicant mustmeet the qualifications as described in Maryland Public Safety Article 5-306

Examples of documentation types are located in the instructional portion of the wear and carry permit 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


Tell us what you think