The Licensing Division is responsible for administering the law and conducting investigations concerning the Commissioning of Special Police and Railroad Police Officers, the licensing of Private Detectives, Private Detective Agencies, Security Guards and Security Guard Agencies, the licensing of Security Systems Technicians and Security Systems Agencies, the registration of Maryland Law Enforcement canine dogs, the registering of evesdropping, wiretapping and electronic listening devices, issuance of Outdoor Musical Festival Safety Permits and Vessel Gaming Permits, issuance of State of Maryland Handgun Permits and Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act certifications, and the designation of State of Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructors. In addition, the Licensing Division administers the law and conducts investigations concerning the sale, transfer of regulated firearms and machine guns, the licensing and regulation of Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealers, and the certification of regulated firearm collectors.
Maryland Department of State Police
1111 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore MD 21208
A new General Licensing Application has been produced and is available at the bottom of this page.
THIS APPLICATION IS NOT USED FOR A HANDGUN PURCHASE.
It is important to note that the application must be electronically completed and contains detailed information. Completed applications should be mailed to the above address.
HOW TO CONTACT LICENSING DIVISION:
Each section in the Licensing Division is available for inquires through e-mail.
Security Guard Section: firstname.lastname@example.org
K-9 Registration: email@example.com
Outdoor Music Festival Permits: firstname.lastname@example.org
Handgun Permit Section: email@example.com
Private Detective: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Police, Railroad Police: email@example.com
Security Systems Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Firearms Registration (Firearm Purchases): email@example.com
Although, the Licensing Division encourages communication through e-mails, personnel can be contacted at 410-653-4500, M-F from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm., excluding published Holidays and Service Reduction Days.
FIREARMS REGISTRATION SECTION: STATUS UPDATE, 5/17/13:
The Maryland State Police Licensing Division is dedicated to keeping our Regulated Firearms Dealers better informed regarding the progress being made with respect to the processing of the 52,115 Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm forms. It is our hope that this weekly email helps dealers respond to its customers and offers them the ability to better coordinate its plans of operation.
It is our hope that this weekly correspondence will reduce the number of phone calls, emails and other correspondence being addressed by our employees who are fully dedicated to processing the enormous backlog of applications.
The Maryland State Police Licensing Division continues to thank each of our dealers in advance for their continued support, patience and understanding. We continue to dedicate our resources every day and are committed to processing each application with care, quality and diligence. The Firearms Registration Section is currently processing applications received on March 15, 2013 for initial reviews while secondary reviews are working on applications received on March 01, 2013.
In keeping with our commitment to public safety, a new NICS check will be conducted for those applications having a NICS expiration date due to expire within 5 days of being stamped "Not Disapproved".
In an effort to provide guidance regarding the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, scheduled to become effective October 1, 2013, the Maryland State Police Licensing Division is currently working with State partners such as the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Maryland Sheriffs’ Association, and the Maryland Attorney General to plan and provide training seminars which will be offered regionally beginning in September. More information regarding training times, dates, and locations will be published once the information is confirmed.