Handgun Wear and Carry Permit Details

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.

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    Approval time

  • $0.00 - $75.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the Permit

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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal and maintenance -

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

  1. 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 - Information

Who issues the permit?

Maryland Department of State Police mdsp.maryland.gov

Contact Information

Licensing Division Wear and Carry Permit Section

Tel: (410) 653-4624

Work hours:

Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of State Police the legal authority to issue this approval?

Maryland Public Safety Article 5 - 301 - 314