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State Police Licensing Division



**UPDATED 1/11/2024**

The Maryland State Police is aware of the Fourth Circuit's November 21, 2023 op​inion deeming the HQL law to be unconstitutional. On December 5, 2023, the State requested a re-hearing before the entire Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. On January 11, 2024, the Fourth Circuit granted the State's petition for rehearing the case before the full Fourth Circuit. This case is tentatively scheduled for the March 19-22, 2024 session. During the re-hearing process, the requirements of the HQL remain in place. Additional information will be posted to this site as it becomes available.

The November 21, 2023 opinion of the Fourth Circuit and the subsequent Advisory can be viewed by clicking the below links. 

U.S. Fourth Circuit HQL Opinion (full text)​   

LD-HQL-23-003 (Advisory) 4th Circuit HQL Opinion​


​​House Bill 824, which became law on October 1, 2023, has made changes to the required Firearm Safety Training Course requirements in 5-306 of the Public Safety Article. The Maryland State Police, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Health, was charged with developing a new firearms training course curriculum of instruction which includes all of the required topics for classroom instruction in compliance with House Bill 824. The new training curriculum can be viewed here: Firearms Training Course​ (updated 9/8/2023)​ 

Check this site for the most current version of the Firearms Training Course.





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.
​Address​1111 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD  21208
​Hours of Operation 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday  (Closed On All State Holidays)                  
​Lobby Hours​9:00 AM - 1:00 PM or By Appointment  (Mail Drop Available 24/7) 
​Main Number​410-653-​4500
​Commander​Captain Andrew Rossignol
​Assistant Commander​Lieu​​​tenant Jon Hill​

Click below for the: 
Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm
​​​(Click here for Firearm Purchase application instructions)
Application for Handgun Wear & Carry Permit
Machine Gun Registration
Regulated Firearms Dealer's License

Click below for the: 
Handgun Qualification License (HQL) Application
(Click here for QHI application instructions)
Intercept Devices & K9 (LE Only)
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 Or, click one of the links below to proceed to your area of interest.

​​​Maryland General Assembly Joint Chai​r​man's Report October 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023​

(Provides information on Licensing Division applications received and processing days needed for an application to receive a final disposition)​​​

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