Machine Gun Registration - Initial and Renewal

Since February 15, 2015 the Machine Gun Registration process has been automated. All applicants are required to complete their registrations and renewals online. Paper applications are no longer furnished by the Department, nor will they be accepted. For further information regarding the automated process please CLICK HERE.​

Who Should Apply and/or Renew?

Any person who acquires a machine gun shall register the machine gun with the Secretary of State Police within 24 hours after acquiring the machine gun; and in each succeeding year during the month of May.

Possession or use of a machine gun is presumed to be for an offensive or aggressive purpose when the machine gun is not registered as required under § 4-403, Criminal Law Article. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years. Pursuant to Maryland statute registration data provided under this section is not open to public inspection.

The complete Maryland Code can be accessed by clicking here. This valuable resource allows interested parties to view the applicable laws pertaining to licenses, certifications and commissions sought. All applicants should familiarize themselves with the statutes associated with the product sought.

How to Apply and/or Renew

Machine Gun Registrations and Renewals are accessible online through eGov. Applicants must have an eMDSP account to complete initial registrations and renewals.

If you are an owner of multiple machine guns, a business entity or a person who already holds a eMDSP account please read the following:

  1. If you already have an eMDSP account used for applying for an HQL or something else you do not need to create a new one specifically for machine gun registrations or renewals. You may log in and use the same account to register your machine gun.
  2. All machine gun applications must be submitted in the name of a person. No trusts, trade names or commercial business names will be accepted.
  3. Licensed firearms dealers and businesses with personal eMDSP accounts are urged to create separate eMDSP accounts when registering machine guns. This separation will allow for the licensee or business to transfer/manage the entire eMDSP machine gun registration account, should licensure or personnel change. It is recommended that firearms dealers include the six-digit regulated firearms dealer’s license number immediately following the licensee’s last name when creating a machine gun account.
  4. Multiple machine guns may be registered for a single registration fee, as long as you follow the “Save and Add Another Weapon” directions explained below.
  5. If you have multiple machine guns and do not wish to “add”/register them all in one sitting, click “Save and Add Another Weapon.” Wait for the page to refresh, log out, and continue at another time. Do not complete and pay fees until such time as ALL machine guns have been entered. Once you pay fees, to add to your account, you will be required to pay another fee.
  6. If you have already started your application and log back in to continue, do not start another application. Press the YELLOW Continue link, to continue the application you already started.
  7. If you are clicking “Continue” at the bottom of the Demographics page and it does not move to the next page, be sure you scroll to the right, and fill in all fields on the page.
  8. For security purposes, you will be automatically logged off of your account after 15 minutes of inactivity. Inactivity is any period of time that you do not change the page you are on.
  9. Annual Machine Gun Registration – When complying with Criminal Law §4-403(c) (1) (ii), in each succeeding year during the month of May, upon opening your licenses set for renewal, always select the most recent application submitted. This will ensure that the record that accounts for your entire machine gun inventory is renewed/re-registered at one time.

How Much Does It Cost?

Original/Initial - $10.00

Renewal - $10.00

Acceptable methods of payment include Visa or MasterCard


Below you will find links to PDFs of relevant Maryland statutes, provided for your convenience. Please note that laws change over time. The below documents were created on June 12, 2013, and are for reference purposes only. To obtain the most recent text of any legislation, please go online to LexisNexis to access the up-to-date Maryland code.

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29-15-003  Machine Gun Automation Announcement.pdf
Information regarding upcoming automation of the Machine Gun registration process.169 KB
LD-FRS Bulletin 15-001 Electronic Registration - Machine Gun (1).pdf
Provides detailed information for owners of multiple machine guns, business entities, and persons already holding an eMDSP account.68 KB