Handgun Qualification License - Standard Details

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.

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    Approval time

  • $50.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Requirements for the Handgun Qualification License can be found here.

Apply for the License

  • Online Application

    Complete the form

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Maintaining Your License

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)

  1. Submit the renewal application 90 days prior to expiration.


License Issuer - Information

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:

Legal Authority

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