Special Police License Details

Special Police License

General Info - Statewide License


A special police officer is an individual at least 18 years of age and hired by an entity who is granted special police for their business location. A special police officer obtains a commission, granted by the Governor of the state of Maryland, to protect the property of the entity and has powers of arrest on the property as described in the application.

A special police officer is an individual at least 18 years old, who holds a commission granted by the Governor. Generally, a commission authorizes the officer to arrest individuals who trespass or commit offenses on the property described in the commission, exercise the powers of a police officer on the property described in the commission, and exercise the powers of a police officer in a county or municipal corporation associated with the property described in the commission, and direct and control traffic on public highways and roadways in the immediate vicinity of the property described in the commission


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    Approval time

  • $60.0 - $100.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

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

  1. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

  2. All original applications require FBI and CJIS fingerprint submissions.

  3. Applicants must submit two (2) color passport type photographs of the applicant . The photographs must be taken within the last 30 days.


Apply for the License

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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.

Agency/Contact

License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Maryland Department of State Police mdsp.maryland.gov

Contact Information

Sgt. Bowers

Tel: (410) 653-4457 / Fax: (410) 653-4332

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 Article 3-301 to 3-316 COMAR Title 29 04-02