Licensing Division


Please be aware that Monday night, February 20, 2017, Maryland State Police Licensing Division will be performing maintenance on the Licensing Portal used for submission of the automated 77R.  The maintenance will occur Monday evening after 11:00 PM and will complete prior to the start of business Tuesday morning, February 21st.  All users are advised to refresh/reload the Portal application in any existing browser windows, or simply close existing browser windows and re-open the Licensing Portal in a new window.  This is necessary for your browser to load the newest version of the Licensing Portal software and avoid any issues using the system. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, please contact Licensing Division at 410.653.4500.​

The Automated 77R is Available Now*

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*The button above is NOT to be used for Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application submission​s. For all HQL needs please CLICK HERE.

Captain Andy R. Johnson,
Lt. Andrew Rossignol, 
Asst. Commander


(410) 653-4500

Maryland State Police
1111 Reisterstown Road,​ 
Pikesville, MD 21208

Hours of Operation 
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM​​

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The Maryland State Police Licensing Division administers the provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR related to: the licensing and registration of firearms; handgun permits; security guards and agencies​ and other licensing functions as defined by statute or regulation.​


The purpose of this website is to better serve the citizens of Maryland and the thousands of licensees who rely on the Division for various permits, licenses and certifications. Please take note of the “Contact Us” and submit questions, concerns and requests directly to the Division‘s Command Staff and unit supervisors. 


During the 2013 Legislative Session the Maryland General Assembly passed the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. This legislation, effective October 1, 2013, addresses many aspects of gun licensing and regulation in Maryland. One such aspect is the required automation of Maryland’s regulated firearm purchase and transaction process. As of October 1, 2013 the Maryland State Police Licensing Division will no longer accept the Maryland State Police Application And Affidavit To Purchase A Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R) via U.S. Mail. However, Maryland’s licensed firearm dealers will be permitted to continue to submit the application and affidavit by facsimile until such time as electronic submission is implemented.


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