Handgun Qualification License - Standard
General Info - Statewide License
A Maryland license issued by the Secretary that authorizes a person to purchase, rent, or receive a handgun.
The Handgun Qualification License is only needed for purchasing, transferring, or renting a regulated firearm after 10/1/13. A License is not necessary to own a gun you already have.
Valid from approval date
Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
Requirements for the Handgun Qualification License can be found here.
Apply for the License
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Maintaining Your License
Renewal and maintenance - Valid from approval date for
Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)
Submit the renewal application 90 days prior to expiration.
What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of State Police the legal authority to issue this approval?
Annotated Code of Maryland, Public Safety Title 5, Annotated Code of Maryland, Criminal Law Title 4, Criminal Law Title 4, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 29