Qualified Handgun Instructor License Details

Qualified Handgun Instructor License

General Info - Statewide License


Qualified Handgun Instructors are responsible for qualifying students for Handgun Qualification Licenses and Handgun Carry Permits.

A QHI is a person licensed by the Maryland State Police as a firearm instructor who may instruct Handgun Qualification License applicants and Handgun Wear and Carry Permit applicants.


  • Valid from approval date

    for

  • s

    Approval time

  • $0.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

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

  1. Proof of the applicant’s formal training in the care, safety, and use of handguns, including a minimum qualification score of 80 percent on a practical police course.

  2. Proof of the applicant’s minimum of 1 year of experience in instruction in the care, safety, and use of handguns.


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)

  1. Submit an updated qualification score sheet upon expiration.

Agency/Contact

License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Maryland Department of State Police

Contact Information

Licensing Division HQL Unit

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?

MD. CODE ANN., PUB. SAFETY §5-101 et seq. MD. CODE ANN., PUB. SAFETY §5-201 et seq. MD. CODE ANN., PUB. SAFETY §5-401 et seq. COMAR 29.03.01 COMAR 29.03.03