Reminder: Handgun Purchase Application Process Goes On-Line January 1st

December 27, 2016

As part of Maryland State Police efforts to improve customer service, the process of applying to purchase a regulated firearm is moving from paper forms filled out by hand, to an on-line automated system expected to increase efficiency and improve the process for both customers and firearms dealers.

Beginning January 1, 2017, persons applying to purchase a regulated firearm in Maryland will conduct the entire process on-line via the Maryland State Police Licensing Portal.  This includes completing the application forms and paying the required application fee.  Individuals will be able to apply on-line using a computer, tablet, or mobile phone, regardless of the operating system.  All current web browsers are also supported by the new system.

Currently, a person wishing to purchase a regulated firearm must complete the required Form 77R and the related paperwork by hand.  This paperwork is submitted to a firearms dealer or State Police barrack and then forwarded to the Maryland State Police Licensing Division, where background checks are conducted to ensure the applicant is not prohibited from purchasing a regulated firearm.

Little has changed in the questions and forms being completed as part of the purchase application process.  Applicants will continue to provide the same information currently required on the Form 77R.

There will be two differences in the new process.  First, every applicant will need an email account.  This will enable the applicant to receive follow-up and reminder correspondence from the State Police Licensing Division.  Second, submission of the electronic application requires the use of a credit or debit card.  All transactions with the Licensing Division regarding regulated firearm purchases will be done by credit or debit card only, beginning January 1, 2017.  The $10 application fee will remain the same.

When the on-line application is completed by a firearm dealer or barrack, it will be submitted electronically to the State Police Licensing Division, rather than being mailed or faxed as has been done in the past.  The electronic submission of the completed form by the dealer or barrack will begin the seven-day waiting period required by law, during which the required background checks are conducted to determine if the applicant is prohibited from purchasing a regulated firearm.

Maryland State Police Licensing Division staff solicited input, advice and feedback from firearms dealers regarding the design of the new Licensing Portal application process.  It is believed this may be the first time Maryland firearms dealers have been included in a focus group that had direct input on the design and work flow of a system related to the state’s firearms purchasing process.  The project team worked hard to emphasize to firearms dealers that this new process was intended to be developed with their involvement.

In addition to designing, documenting and testing the on-line system, Maryland State Police Licensing Division personnel have been busy conducting training in the new process.  Seminars for firearm dealers have been conducted throughout the state, with more than 300 dealers attending.  Training has been provided to State Police barrack duty officers who most often deal with secondary sales of regulated firearms that must also go through the background check process and to allied law enforcement agency personnel who perform certain tasks related to regulated firearm transfers.

Licensing Division personnel developed posters and information cards alerting consumers to the pending automation.  Those publicity items were delivered in-person to each dealer in the state in an effort to have face-to-face interaction with dealers about the new process and answer any questions they had.

The Licensing Division project team has also developed a computer lab where, beginning in mid-December, firearms dealers will be able to have hands-on experience with the new automation system and receive more personal training.  Time in the computer lab must be scheduled in advance with the Licensing Division.

The new regulated firearm purchase procedure has nothing to do with the requirement in Maryland to have a handgun qualification license (HQL) or approved HQL exemption before beginning the process to purchase a regulated firearm.  The handgun qualification license application process has been an on-line procedure since it became law in Maryland in the fall of 2013.

The goal of the automated 77R application process is to increase the ease and efficiency of purchasing a regulated firearm in Maryland.  The on-line completion of forms will eliminate legibility issues and decrease data processing errors.  The Maryland State Police Licensing Division staff is continuing their efforts to promptly approve those eligible to purchase regulated firearms, while ensuring those prohibited by law are not approved to complete the purchase process.

Further information is available by clicking on ‘Licensing Division,’ on the Maryland State Police website at


15 Responses to Reminder: Handgun Purchase Application Process Goes On-Line January 1st

  1. Anonymous on December 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Instead of repealing the gun laws that O’Malley approved of, lets just make the application process digital so the people will shut up about concealed carry and guns with more ammo capacity for a while.

    • Rob Stark on December 29, 2016 at 8:29 am



  2. Anon on December 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    So in order to exercise my Second Amendment rights under the Constitution, I require internet access, an e-mail address, a debit/credit card, and $10.00.

    And there’s an electronic record of the purchase held by the State.

    Lawsuit in 5, 4, 3…

    • Rob Stark on December 29, 2016 at 8:27 am

      internet access?? then how’d you make this post???

      there’s always been a fee genius.

      and you have a debit card if you pay any bills….most are going away from checks or cash

      how do you shop or do anything else online without an email???

      emails = the new SSN’s there’s only one out there….

    • Rob Stark on December 29, 2016 at 8:29 am

      AND there is ALWAYS and electronic purchase record held when you buy from a dealer you idiot! this is for REGULATED items. JUST like before JUST online…….damn

      • Anonymous on December 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

        Dang Rob! Calm down, bud. No need to get in such a tizzy over a harmless comment about the legality of this process.

        Can’t say I trust your statements anyway, since it definitely seems like you have a dog in the fight…

        • Rob Stark on December 30, 2016 at 8:01 am

          lol. no “tizzy” as if it were 1820…just educating fools suckka ;)

          I don’t own any dog’s or pets for that matter. waste of time and money.

          • Anonymous on December 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

            Ah, so you’re just a troll. Got it.

            You could have said so up front and saved us the trouble of talking to you.

          • Rob Stark on January 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

            hahaha, you’re mad.

      • Anon on December 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

        Any other Constitution Rights require e-mail, credit/debit cards, and a fee?

        Idiot. Go ahead and cede your rights to Big Brother, I choose to keep mine as best as I can.

        “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
        B. Franklin

        • Rob Stark on December 30, 2016 at 8:03 am

          ugh….fools…..then move…..each state can set their requirements. it’s not the times of Franklin anymore……Sh@t changes

  3. Willie on December 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    In the name of “streamlining”, we will collect your e-mail address, credit card info and IP address. Welcome to freedom comrades.

    • Anonymous on December 28, 2016 at 9:48 am


    • Rob Stark on December 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      make up a throw away email for this only and do it at the library. you hardcore “tacticool” gun owners are real PITA’s. so whiney. sheesh. if you don’t like it move. it could be WORSE, look at California and New York. damn. if you have nothing to hide stop being a MITCH.

      • Anonymous on December 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        That’s a terrible argument.”If you have nothing to hide?” Once you give up a freedom, you never get it back.