Maryland Wear & Carry Permitting Process

If your primary goal is the Maryland Wear & Carry (W&C) Permit and a Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL), then do the W&C Permit 1st!!  This will save you $105!!

Steps for Maryland Wear & Carry

  • ​This class – DONE
  • Here is the main MSP W&C Permitting page
  • Get fingerprinted and background checked for W&C.  KEEP THE RECEIPT!! You’ll need the PCN number that is on it & they want a PDF copy of the receipt.
  • I recommend Absolute Investigative Services: (Cost: $55 – no affiliation w/ SAFE Firearms Training, just good customer service)
  • Maryland official list of locations
  • Complete the online application: (Cost: $75)
  • You’ll “Create My Account”
  • You’ll need a passport photo – follow instructions or scan passport photo
  • You’ll need a copy of your qualification test – this was completed and signed in class and emailed as a PDF or a paper copy given to you.
  • You’ll need to explain your “Good & Substantial Reason to Carry a Firearm”.  Please contact Don if you’d like help writing yours.
  • You’ll need copies of any supporting documentation that supports your G&S reason.
  • Once approved, a card will be mailed to you.  It is good for 2 years.  Within those 2 years, you’ll need to complete 8 more hours of training.  The renewal application must be completed at least 90 days before the expiration date.  W&C training is valid for 2 years, so you could take your ‘refresher’ at any time after getting your card in-hand and your expiration.  Fingerprints are NOT required for renewal.  Your renewed card is good for 3 years and costs $50.

Now that you have your Maryland Wear & Carry card in-hand, apply for your Maryland Handgun Qualification License.

  • Here is the main MSP HQL page
  • To apply, you’ll go to this website and create a different account than your Wear & Carry account.
  • Log in and click on “Initial Application”
  • Program: Firearms Services
  • License Type: HQL Permit Exempt
  • Application Method: Application
  • Click on “Start Application”
  • At the bottom of the page, you’ll enter your Wear & Carry permit information.
  • By doing it this way, your fingerprints, background checks and training are all ‘exempt’ because you already completed these in the Wear & Carry Permitting process.
  • This saves you $105 – $50 from the HQL permit and $55 from Absolute ISI.
  • This HQL permit is good for 10 years – now you can go buy a gun!!

Now you want to buy a gun!

Give me a call, email or text – I’m happy to advise
Don Miller II
(443) 491-8266

Call my Federal Firearms Licensed dealer.
Don Nash
(410) 365-0526
1826 Snydersburg Rd, Westminster, MD
Don will walk you through the gun buying process.  It’s tedious and takes at least 2 weeks, but Don is great to work with and will get you a great price.

Non-Resident Permits

​If you’d like to get a Utah Non-Resident Concealed Handgun License, you can do this immediately after class.  You do NOT need to wait on Maryland.
In class, we completed a Utah application.  If you’ve misplaced it, you’ll have to get a hold of me b/c I have to stamp and sign it.
Follow the instructions carefully, but here are some tips.
You’ll need these items:
Copy of MD or PA driver’s license
Fingerprint card – completed in class
Photograph – completed in class
Application w/ stamp – completed in class
Maryland residents DO NOT need “non-resident proof of permit” as MD does not have UT reciprocity.  If you are a PA resident, then you must have a PA permit and send a copy.
Cost is $63.25 for a 5 year permit.
Renewals are completed online

You can also apply for non-resident concealed carry permits in the following states.  To provide the most up-to-date information, the links below are to the USCCA page which includes the process.  The only thing you’ll need from SAFE Firearms Training, LLC is a certificate showing completing of training.  This was handed out at the end of class in 2 forms.  NRA Basic Pistol Certificate and USCCA Concealed Carry Firearms Training Proof of Training Certificate.

New Hampshire




Pennsylvania – requires you to possess a Maryland Wear & Carry permit

Texas – requires you to attend class and apply while in Texas

Washington DC – requires a 16-hour training class similar to Maryland’s but by a DC certified trainer

Maryland USCCA link for reference

What’s Next??

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USPSA – United States Practical Shooting Association

IDPA – International Defensive Pistol Association

Steel Challenge Shooting Association

York Izaak Walton League – Chapter #67

Seitzland Rifle Club

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