Applying for your Maryland HQL

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

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HQL is required in order to purchase a handgun in Maryland. Applying for your Maryland HQL (Handgun Qualification License, needed to buy a handgun) can be confusing. With this article, I am going to break down the application process step by step. If you haven't already acquired the required training, you can click here to register. If you need the required livescan fingerprints (yes, you will need a new set), you can click here to register.

To apply for your HQL, you must start by going to the Maryland Department of State Police Online Services Login Page. If you don't have an account yet- create one and then login in.

You will come to this initial page ( see below)

Go to the top right hand corner and click " Initial Application"

Then you will have to click the appropriate boxes

If you have taken a HQL training course, you page should match ours below. Program: Firearm Services, License Type: HQL Standard, Application Method: Application- Then hit Start Application.

Then it will come up to this page (see below). Scroll down.

Click HERE (See below)

Fill out this page. Read it thoroughly. No, do not put my information (seen below) in your form. Yes, there will still be someone that does.

On your fingerprint receipt you received upon completion there was a TCN or PCN number- put that in the PCN/TCN box towards the bottom of the page. DO NOT put your tracking number (just abocve it. DO NOT put your SSN. DO NOT put my phone number. Put your PCN/TCN number in the PCN/TCN number box. Also make sure you use the correct fingerprint (sometimes people get two fingerprints, one for HQL and one for Carry but use the Carry one to apply for HQL). These things have to be done this specific way or they will not work- ask me how I know.

Put my QHIC number (provided to you at class and also on your certificate) in the top box, Qualified Handgun Instructor License Certificate box. That box only, nothing goes in the bottom box.

You will know you have it right if my name shows up when you hit "Validate".

On the following page, you will have a bunch of questions to answer. Read them thoroughly and answer truthfully.

When done with this part, hit "Submit"

On the following page (see below) you can skip by hitting next. You WILL NOT NEED to upload any training documentation. You WILL NOT NEED to upload a passport style photo.

The following page (see below) is just a summary of all the information you provided in your application. Review and hit "Pay Fees". Yes, you are a Maryland resident, they are the same ones that charged your a tax if it rained- of course they are going to make you pay a fine to exercise a right. Freedom isn't free is the land of tyranny.

Put all your billing and credit/debit card info in and hit Submit Payment. Then, Wait. And wait. And wait some more. Currently (May 12 2020) applicants are waiting approximately 2.5-3 weeks before they receive their HQL in the mail.

It isn't uncommon for you to receive an email or phone call from the state police stating "Everything is good on our end, just waiting for you instructor to verify your training. This is standard and an automated email. No need for concern or to let us know.

When you apply, it will show up on our end requesting our approval. We check that 3 times a day, 6 days a week. As soon as we see it, it will be taken care of.

When you receive your HQL, post a picture on IG and tag @ryanrgass and @ptpgun for a chance to be featured in our next post or to win a weekly drawings.

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