Handgun Wear and Carry Permit
General Info - Statewide Permit
A permit issued by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
$0.0 - $75.0
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - 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.
Apply for the Permit
Ready to apply?
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
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.
What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of State Police the legal authority to issue this approval?
Maryland Public Safety Article 5 - 301 - 314