Machine Gun Registration - Initial and Renewal

Effective Immediately, all Machine Gun registrations are now submitted via the Licensing Portal. ***Please note that your first machine gun registration, submitted via the Licensing Portal, will generate a warning that you are registering outside of the 24 hour acquisition period. Machine Gun renewals applicants can disregard this warning. All initial machine gun entries into the Licensing Portal will mimic an original registration.   

The Maryland State Police would like to thank Maryland’s machine gun owners for their continued patience and understanding while we continue to improve the Machine Gun Registration process in Maryland.  Should you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Firearms Registration Unit at  In addition, Regulated Firearms Dealers may contact us using the LiveHelp feature within the Licensing Portal. ​

​Who Should Apply and/or Renew?

Per Criminal Law § 4-403(c), 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.

How to Apply and/or Renew

Effective March 1, 2021, Machine Gun owners will register all machine guns in the Licensing Portal. Machine Gun owners who do not have a Licensing Portal account will be required to create one in order to complete their initial or annual machine gun registration. Once a machine gun is registered in the Licensing Portal, the machine gun owner will receive email notifications of annual registration periods and status updates of their submitted machine gun registration application. Paper machine gun registration forms postmarked after February 28, 2021, will not be accepted and will be returned with instructions to complete the machine gun​ registration in the Licensing Portal. 

The Licensing Portal can be accessed by clicking below: 



How Much Does It Cost?

Original/Initial - $10.00

Annual - $10.00

Registration fees will be collected electronically during the registration process. Acceptable methods of payment include Visa and MasterCard.​​​


Criminal Law §4-401 through 4-407 is collectively identified as the Uniform Machine Gun Act and be viewed on the Maryland General Assembly website by clicking below:


LD-CS-21-001.pdfLD-CS-21-001Bulletin reinstating the legal time authorizations for licenses, permits, registrations and authorizations.192 KB
LD-FRU-21-001.pdfLD-FRU-21-001Advisory announcing machine gun registration in the Licensing Portal.150 KB

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