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, 6/14/13:
The Maryland State Police Licensing Division is dedicated to keeping our Regulated Firearms Dealers better informed regarding the processing of the Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm. To date, we have received 59,442 applications to purchase and we continue to address the current back log of 27,393 applications. We hope that this weekly email continues to help dealers respond to its customers and offers them the ability to better coordinate its plans of operation.
Attached to this week’s email is the second compliance advisory issued by the Firearms Registration Section. This advisory, much like the one issued last week, will be mailed to each Maryland licensed firearm dealer so as to ensure receipt.
The Firearms Registration Section is currently processing applications for initial review that were received on March 27, 2013 while secondary reviews are being processed for applications received on March 18, 2013. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Maryland State Police
June 14, 2013
ELECTRONIC REPORTING OF MARYLAND STATE POLICE APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT TO PURCHASE A REGULATED FIREARM
During the 2013 Legislative Session the Maryland General Assembly passed the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. This legislation, scheduled to become effective October 1, 2013, addresses many aspects of gun licensing and regulation in Maryland. One such aspect is the required automation of Maryland’s regulated firearm purchase and transaction process.
Beginning October 1, 2013 the Maryland State Police Licensing Division will no longer accept the Maryland State Police Application And Affidavit To Purchase A Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R) via U.S. Mail. However, Maryland’s licensed firearm dealers will be permitted to continue to submit the application and affidavit by facsimile until such time as electronic submission is implemented.
The first phase of automation is expected to be the State’s new Handgun Qualification License. This automation will not impact firearm dealers directly because applications for the Handgun Qualification License will be submitted directly to the Maryland State Police. The second and more comprehensive phase of automation is the 77R processes that are scheduled to be in development and testing in October, 2013. The full automation of Maryland’s firearm purchase and transfer process is a top priority of the Maryland State Police. It is understood that this process must be undertaken with careful planning, transparency and frequent communication with our licensed dealers. The Department will continue to keep licensees notified of progress with automation via its weekly electronic mail updates and advisories.
The Maryland State Police is dedicated to technology-driven security integration to improve public safety in Maryland and we appreciate Maryland’s licensed firearm dealers support and efforts to provide us the necessary cooperation required to achieve our public safety mission through smart integration of technological solutions.
Firearms Registration Section
1111 Reisterstown Rd
Pikesville, MD 21208