Railroad Police

All applications shall be returned if the required fee is not submitted with the application. ​

The Maryland Railroad Police Act defines a railroad company as a railway company or corporation engaged as a common carrier in the furnishing or sale of transportation subject to Subtitle IV of Title 49 of the United States Code. A railroad police officer is an individual appointed by the Governor to act as the police officer for a railroad company. As such, there are no renewal processes related.

Where to Mail Applications


Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Attn.: Railroad Police Unit

Who Should Apply?


The Maryland Railroad Police Act states that each railroad company located wholly or partly in the State may apply for the appointment of railroad police officers:

  1. to protect property, patrons, passengers, tenants, employees, equipment, and services; and
  2. to preserve peace and order on railroad premises, easements, appurtenant property, trains, cars, and other vehicles.

To qualify for appointment to act as a railroad police officer under this subtitle, an applicant shall be an individual who:

  1. shall be of good moral character;
  2. may not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
  3. shall be at least 21 years old;
  4. be a full-time police officer employed by a railroad company on July 1, 1979; or
  5. meet all the educational and training requirements required by the Police Training Commission.

How To Apply


The Maryland State Police will only accept applications completed electronically on the PDF form(s) provided below under Documents for initial applications. Please answer all questions accurately, completely and honestly. Once completed, the PDF form should be printed, signed, and mailed.

Mail the application packet to the Licensing Division at the address provided above. Allow 90 business days for the completion of the application process. 

All original applications require FBI and CJIS fingerprint submissions. Additionally, applicants must submit two (2) color passport type photographs of the applicant (2"x2" square, light background, head and shoulder full face, no hat, no dark glasses).  The photographs must be taken within the last 30 days. ​

How Much Does It Cost?


The fee for an initial application is $160, as established in COMAR (Note: as of 9/4/2013, the COMAR website is outdated and the address listed there is not correct; please reference the more up-to-date address information found on this site instead.) Fees are not refundable. Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Maryland State Police.

When Should I Renew?


There is no renewal associated with this appointment. An appointment issued under this subtitle remains in effect until:

  1. terminated by the railroad company that employs the railroad police officer; or
  2. revoked for cause by the Governor.

Employment of a railroad police officer ends on the retirement, resignation, or termination of the railroad police officer; the powers granted to a railroad police officer under this subtitle end when the employment of the railroad police officer ends; and within 10 days after the employment of a railroad police officer ends, the railroad company that employed the railroad police officer shall file notice with the Governor that the employment has ended.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to submit the license?


For the railroad police application, make sure you are submitting the following: two (2) photos, all applicable fees, and the application itself, which can be found under Documents.​

How long is the process?


90 days, not to include weekends and holidays.​

Who do I make the check or money order out to?


Make all checks and money orders payable to the Maryland State Police.​

Is there an additional fee to expedite?


No, we do not expedite applications.​


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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Railroad Police Application.pdf
Application to be used to initiate processing for Railroad Police.1869 KB