How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Maryland

By Legal Editor

A private citizen can be given the right to carry a concealed weapon, either on their person or in close proximity, by applying for a permit. Maryland limits this right to handguns. To find out more on how to obtain your permit, read the following steps.

Have your photo taken. All applicants must submit two 1 1/2 by 1 1/2-inch passport-type photographs. These are taken on a white background with full face and shoulders in view but no hats or dark glasses. Photographs must have been taken within 30 days prior to submitting your application.

Get fingerprinted. You will be required to submit a set of fingerprint cards which include one orange and white CJIS-011 card and one blue and white FBI applicant card bearing the code "ORI-MDMSP6000." These can be obtained at your local Maryland State Police barracks.

Ensure that you have three references from reputable citizens. These people should have known you for at least two years but are not related to you.

Provide evidence of recent threats and/or assaults. This information is mandatory for personal use permits and must be supported by police reports and/or notarized statements.

Submit your application and payment. Double-check to make sure you have filled this out correctly and included all of your supporting documentation. By doing this, you can help to significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to investigate your application.

Wait approximately 90 days. At the end of that time, you should receive either your rejection notice or your permit to carry a concealed weapon.