Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL)

Unless otherwise exempt, as of October 1, 2013, a Maryland resident must possess a valid Handgun Qualification License (HQL) before he/she may purchase, rent, or receive a handgun. You do not need a Handgun Qualification License to own a gun you already have. The Handgun Qualification License is only needed for purchasing, transferring, or renting a regulated firearm after October 1, 2013.

IMPORTANT: If you already own a handgun or assault weapon prior to October 1, 2013, you do not have to complete the training to apply for the Handgun Qualification License.

For easy reference, please download/print our free information sheet in Adobe PDF format that will walk you through start to finish on the Maryland HQL process (link below):

Download / Print Maryland HQL Info Sheet

Direct Link:  Maryland State Police HQL Page

Fingerprinting Service Providers

To apply for an HQL the law requires a fingerprint based background check.  We have a preferred Maryland approved provider we like to work with — American Identity Solutions.  Click here for their locations and to schedule an appointment online.

Maryland State Police also have an overall list of approved fingerprint providers below:

Fingerprinting Information and Services