Handgun Wear and Carry Permit

Effective immediately, all Handgun Permit/Wear and Carry application fees are being electronically collected at the time of application submission in the Licensing Portal.


ATTENTION: Before you may legally wear and carry a regulated firearm, you must possess and maintain on your person the MSP-issued Handgun Wear and Carry Permit. Submission of the application does not authorize you to wear, carry, or transport a handgun.

To access the Wear and Carry Application click below:



Training must be successfully completed prior to submitting the application, unless you are exempt from training. Please click here for information on Wear and Carry Permit Training

Who Should Apply?

Wear and Carry Permits may be issued to any adult (18 years of age or over) who meets the following criteria:

  1. An applicant between 18 and 21 years of age may only be issued a wear and carry permit to possess a regulated firearm as allowed by PS 5-133(d).
  2. Has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year has been imposed; or convicted of a criminal offense for which you could have been sentenced to more than 2 years incarceration.
  3. Has not been convicted of a crime involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance;
  4. Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance unless under legitimate medical direction;
  5. Based on an investigation, has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render the person’s possession of a handgun a danger to the person or others;
  6. As of October 1, 2013, has successfully completed the Maryland State Police approved firearms training course within 2 years prior to submitting the original or renewal application. 

How To Apply

As of October 1, 2013, all new, renewal, and subsequent applicants must successfully complete required firearms training, within 2 years, prior to submitting the application. 

As of October 1, 2016 Fingerprints will no longer be required for renewal application submissions.  Fingerprints are still required for all initial/origin​al Handgun Permit applications. (MD SB208 2016)

As of October 1, 2019, all Wear and Carry permit applications (original, renewal and subsequent) and requests (modification and replacement) must be submitted online in the Licensing Portal. All documentation requirements and any clarifications you feel may assist investigators in processing your applications must be uploaded and electronically attached to the application in the Licensing Portal. You may access the Licensing Portal by clicking the link below:

Licensing Portal


The minimum documentation required for the acceptance of the Wear and Carry permit application are:

  • Color passport-size photograph  
  • Electronic fingerprint transmission receipt
  • Certificate of Handgun Training or documentation of exemption  


Please allow 90 days for completion of the application process.

For further guidance in regard to submitting a Wear and Carry permit application or request please refer to the Wear and Carry Portal Users Guide.


How Much Does It Cost?


All fees will be collected electronically at the time of application submission in the Licensing Portal. Acceptable forms of payment include Visa and MasterCard.

Original/Initial – $125.00 Fingerprint Fees not included
Renewal – $75.00 – Fingerprints not required
Replacement/Modification – $20.00 – Fingerprints not required

Active/Retired Law Enforcement Officers of this State or a County/Municipality (PS 5-304) – $0.00


When Should I Renew?


The initial Handgun Permit expires on the last day of the holder’s birth month following two (2) years after the date the permit is issued. Permits that have been modified or are a duplicate expire on the date provided on the initial permit.

A Handgun Permit may be renewed for successive periods of three (3) years each if, at the time of an application for renewal, the applicant possesses the qualifications for the issuance of a permit and pays the renewal fee as established in the subtitle.

The renewal process is the responsibility of the applicant and should be started 90 business days from expiration of the permit. Timely renewal is the responsibility of the permit holder. The Licensing Portal will send out renewal reminders for Wear and Carry permit applications that have been submitted through the online portal. The renewal reminder will be sent via email to the confirmed email address associated with the applicant's Licensing Portal account.

It is the permit holder’s responsibility to notify the Licensing Division of address changes, in writing, within 30 days of any change. You may send your updated address information to: msp.handgunp​​ermits@maryland.gov


Where are Firearms Prohibited?

Restriction on the wear, carry and transport of handguns and firearms in certain places appear throughout Maryland law and regulations.  Below are statutes and regulations detailing the handgun and firearm restrictions.  This list should not be considered all-inclusive.  

1. On school property (CR 4-102)

2. Within 1,000 feet of a demonstration in a public place after a law enforcement officer advises that a demonstration is occurring at the public place and orders the person to leave the demonstration area until the person disposes of the firearm (CR 4-2​08)

3. In legislative buildings (SG 2-1702)

4. Aboard aircraft (TR 5-1008)

5. In lodging establishments where the innkeeper reasonably believes individuals possess property that may be dangerous to other individuals, such as firearms or explosives (BR 15-203)

6. On dredge boats, other than two 10 gauge shotguns (NR 4-1013)

7. In or around State-owned public buildings and grounds (COMAR

8. On Chesapeake Forest Lands (except for hunting and target shooting as permitted) (COMAR

9. In State Forests (except for hunting and target shooting as permitted) (COMAR

10. In State Parks (except for hunting and target shooting as permitted) (COMAR

11. In State Highway Rest Areas, firearms may not be displayed or discharged (COMAR

12. In community adult rehabilitation centers (COMAR

13. In child care centers, except for small centers located in residences, firearms may not be kept on the premises​ ​(CO​MAR 13A.16.10.04)​

​Effective October 1, 2023, Senate Bill 1 adds the following areas where firearms are prohibited:​

  1. A person may not wear, carry, or transport a firearm in an area for children or vulnerable individuals.
    • ​a preschool or prekindergarten facility or the grounds of the facility;
    • a private primary or secondary school or the grounds of the school; or
    • a health care facility, as defined in § 15–10B–01(g)(1), (2), (3), and (4) of the Insurance Article.
  2. A person may not wear, carry, or transport a firearm in a government or public infrastructure area.
    • A government or public infrastructure area, owned or leased by a unit of state or local 
      government, must display a clear and conspicuous sign at the main entrance of the building, or the part of a building that is owned or leased by the unit of state or local government indicating that it is not permissible to wear, carry, or transport a firearm in the building or that part of the building. (CR 4-111(D)(2))
    • "Government or public infrastructure area” means:
      • ​​​​a building or any part of a building owned or leased by a unit of state of local government;
      • a building of a public or private institution of higher education, as defined in § 10–101 of the Education Article​;
      • a location that is currently being used as a polling place in accordance with Title 10 of the Election Law Article or for canvassing ballots in accordance with Title 11 of the Election Law Article;
      • an electric plant or electric storage facility, as defined in § 1–101 of the Public Utilities Article;
      • a gas plant, as defined in § 1–101 of the Public Utilities Article; or
      • a nuclear power plant ​facility
  3. ​​A person may not wear, carry, or transport a firearm in a special purpose area. (CR 4-111(E))
    • ​"Special Purpose Area" means:
      • ​​a location licensed to sell or dispense alcohol or cannabis for on-site consumption;
      • a stadium;
      • a museum;
      • a racetrack; or
      • a video lottery facility, as defined in §​9-1A-01 of the State Government Article.
  4. ​​​​​A person wearing, carrying, or transporting a firearm may not enter or trespass in the dwelling of another unless the owner or the owner's agent has given express permission, either to the person or to the public generally, to wear, carry, or transport a firearm inside the dwelling. (CR 6-411(C)
  5. A person wearing, carrying, or transporting a firearm may not​:
    • ​enter or trespass on property unless the owner or the owner's agent has posted a clear and conspicuous sign indicating that it is permissible to wear, carry, or transport a firearm on the property; or
    • enter or trespass​ on property unless the owner or the owner's agent has given the person express permission to wear, carry, or transport a firearm​ on the property. (CR 6-411(D))​​

For a location that is not owned by, leased by, or otherwise under the control of the state or a political subdivision of the state, the prohibitions listed above in items 1, 2 and 3 (effective October 1, 2023), do not apply to:

  • ​The owner or lessee of the location; or
  • ​A person who is authorized by the owner or lessee of the location to wear, carry, or transport a firearm at the location for the purpose of:
    • ​employment as a security guard licensed under Title 19 of the Business Occupations Article; or
    • protecting any individual or property at the location with an express agreement between the parties, remuneration, or compensation.​ (CR 4-111(B)(9))
​​The prohibitions listed above in items 1, 2 and 3 (effective October 1, 2023), do​ not apply to a firearm that is carried or transported in a motor vehicle if the firearm is:
  • ​locked in a container; or
  • handgun worn, carried, or transported in compliance with any limitations imposed under § 5–307 of the Public Safety Article, by a person to whom a permit to wear, carry, or transport the handgun has been issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article​​ (CR 4-111(B)(11))​

​On September 29, 2023, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland has ordered a preliminary​ injunction and has enjoined enforcement of the laws restricting the carrying of firearms in:

  1.  locations selling alcohol, to be codified as Md. Code Ann., (2023), Crim. Law § 4-111(a)(2)(8)(i);
  2. private buildings or property without the owner’s consent, to be codified at Md. Code Ann., (2023), Crim. Law § 6-411; and
  3. within 1,000 feet of a public demonstration, Md. Code Ann., (2016), Crim. Law § 4-208.

Additional information will be posted to this site as it becomes available


 Frequently Asked Questions​​​

​​​Documents and Statutes​ 

expand Wear and Carry : Advisories & Bulletins ‎(8)
expand Wear and Carry : Application Documentation ‎(2)
expand Wear and Carry : Armored Car Company Supplemental Background Application ‎(1)
expand Wear and Carry : Statutes ‎(14)
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