Maryland Wear And Carry Permit Application Process Goes Online Beginning October 1, 2019

September 10, 2019

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve customer service, the Maryland State Police is proud to announce that the application process for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit will be transitioned from a hand-written paper application to the online Licensing Portal.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, those applying for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit will complete and submit the application online. Individuals will be able to apply online using a computer, tablet or mobile phone, regardless of the operating system. All current web browsers are also supported by the Licensing Portal.

Paper Wear and Carry Permit applications postmarked or hand delivered on or before Sept. 30, 2019, will be accepted and will be processed as per current procedures. Paper Wear and Carry applications submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2019 will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant with instructions to submit the Wear and Carry Permit application via the Licensing Portal.

Little has changed in the questions and documentation requirements to complete the application process. Applicants will continue to provide the same information currently required on the paper Wear and Carry Permit application. All required documentation, including the passport-sized photograph and Livescan fingerprint receipt, can easily be uploaded by the applicant prior to submission of the application.

Applicants will be required to have a valid email account. This will give the applicant the ability to see the most current status of their application and allow the Maryland State Police Licensing Division to send notifications, follow-up and reminder correspondence. Applicants who already have a Licensing Portal account will not be required to create a new account. These applicants will use their current 77R Portal account login credentials to continue logging into the Licensing Portal.

In addition to designing, documenting and testing the online application process, Maryland State Police Licensing Division personnel have been busy conducting training in the new process. Seminars for firearm dealers and instructors have been conducted throughout the state.

The goal of the automated Wear and Carry Permit application process is to increase the ease and efficiency of applying for a Wear and Carry Permit in Maryland. The online system will offer a new level of transparency and keep the applicant informed at every step of the process. The Maryland State Police Licensing Division staff is continuing their efforts to promptly investigate and approve those eligible for a wear and carry permit, while ensuring those prohibited by law are not approved.

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

25 Responses to Maryland Wear And Carry Permit Application Process Goes Online Beginning October 1, 2019

  1. Happy Holster on September 10, 2019 at 12:13 pm


    Nuthin to-it!

    I’m gettin mine today.

  2. Jimmy V. on September 10, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Shall NOT Infringe, Maryland! We are coming for our 2A rights, Annapolis. CA and NY CCW laws have been struck down as too Restrictive. You are punishing law-abiding MD Residents, and allowing the Criminals to have the upper hand. Crime is not being reduced, Maryland. Look at your shining examples in Baltimore and PG County.

  3. BooBerry on September 10, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Now they only have to check the box and click “Deny”. Much quicker than having to read the application first.

    • Jimmy V. on September 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Yep. Maryland SHALL ISSUE!

  4. DontStealMyPewpewRight on September 10, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Oh you mean a faster denial, we all know only retired police and elected morons get their permits. What a joke.

  5. Bob E. Lee on September 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    It will make it easier for them to say “NO”.

    • ridge_boy on September 11, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Absolutely…Although I do know a few folks who had their personal information hacked from Office of personnel management (that handles the clearance information) have that have gotten their CCW in this state. If you have a TS/SCI you may be able to get your CCW in Social Wonderland…

  6. Ted Nugent on September 10, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Wear and carry in MD? Yeah, ok. Keep voting Democrat people and maybe one day you will lose all of your rights.

    • Anonymous on September 10, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Keep voting Republican or Democrat and keep getting the same results.

    • Joe on September 11, 2019 at 7:08 am

      People are too ignorant of facts to see that they vote against their own self-interests. The NRA is the enemy, Democrats look after us, etc etc.

      Democrat = “I get free stuff.” That’s literally how a large segment of Maryland thinks. When you believe that it’s the Government’s job to feed your family and be responsible for what happens in your neighborhood you surely won’t vote centrist or conservative.

      • Charlie Chang on September 11, 2019 at 5:45 pm

        Amen Brudda, those gimme gimme snowflakes don’t realize how great dis country is.
        Dey vote against deir own rights and freedom. People born in free country take freedom for granted. Not appreciate rike someone come from oppressed country. Amazing, you have students in US burning our nation flag while students in Hong Kong waving American flag. (Some people here think they oppressed? NO ONE in U.S. oppressed)!
        Amendment 1, Amendment 2, very important, dey spoiled asses don’t realize.
        Dey need to riv in China for awhile, dey spoiled asses come back and kiss dis ground! (If dey still arive). America #1 – NOTHING compare!

    • Jimmy V. on September 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      True, and SMNEWSNET must be a Liberal Pub since I posted yesterday that Maryland was going to be sued because they are Too Restrictive when issuing CCW permits. CA and NY CCW restrictions were overturned by the courts. MD Shall Issue! Contact your Representative (hahahaha).

  7. Bill Paid on September 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Future respect for your homies?

  8. Anonymous on September 10, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Just making it easier for white dudes to shoot people they don’t like, in the name of Jesus I bet too.

  9. K. Long on September 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I don’t know why people keep blaming the Dems for Maryland’s Gun Laws regarding Wear and Carry. The governor is Republican isn’t he?

    • MigraineMan on September 15, 2019 at 8:50 am

      The Democratic super-majority in the General Assembly ensures that the Governor does what he’s allowed to (by them.) They can override his veto on a whim. Realistically, the Governor of Maryland is just for show, regardless of his political affiliation.

    • Synonymous on September 15, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Dumbest statement this year.

  10. Charlie Chang on September 10, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Good ruck wif dat.

  11. Damndemacratsruineverything on September 10, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I would like to see it easier tocarry here in Maryland. To me there would be less crime. If everyone who is eligible to carry concealed would make crooks less likely to rob a store, bank, redturant bec as use of the fact someone or more may have a weapon on them and can either stop the act or Dispatch the person without anyother loss of life. Everyone applying MUST take a course on the proper use of their weapon. If they can’t pass then they don’t carry legally. It’s the damn democrats which have ruined our state over the years. When Governor OweTaxes aka OMalley our last Democratic Govenor passed the clip law of no more then ten rounda really limited the size of hand gun you could buy. Most 9mm come with a 15 round clip now you can’t purchase a 9 round clip because the 10th round is in the chamber. I found that out when I tried to buy a handgun. It’s totally ridiculous. The taxes are high and When I retire, Il’l need to move to another state down south just to survive plus it’s legal to carry in some of these Southern States.

    • Matt P on September 13, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Louisiana is open carry and if you’re legally allowed to own a firearm your CCW is guaranteed approved. Property is also cheap.

  12. Anonymous on September 11, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Cant wait! This is exciting!

  13. Jimmy V. on September 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Nice Anti-2A Censorship, SMNEWSNET. Disgusting.

  14. John on September 11, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    The criteria hasn’t changed for the Maryland wear and carry permit. You still need to be a business owner that carries large amounts of cash or have documented threats against your life. Maryland will never approve regular citizens to legally carry a firearm to protect ones life. This is just informing people that instead of the paper application it is all on line now. Maryland CCW is a joke to try and get

  15. NoGunRights on September 12, 2019 at 6:30 am

    A faster denial, only retired cops and politicians get CCW’s.

    • Columbo on September 12, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Wrong. Retired cops get to carry because of the feds, HR218.