Maryland Firearms Instructor

Maryland Wear and Carry Permit Training

With the passage of the 2013 Firearms Safety Act, effective October 1, 2013, the training requirements for all Maryland Wear and Carry permit holders has changed. Please ensure that before you submit either an original application or renew your Wear and Carry permit that you first successfully complete the required training.

What is Wear and Carry Permit Training?

Approved Wear and Carry Permit training courses are offered by Maryland State Police approved Qualified Handgun Instructors who have established an account through the Maryland State Police MyLicense/E-Gov site.
Training is valid until the permit expiration. However, you must receive subsequent training within 2 years of submitting your renewal application.

Wear and Carry Permit training is 16 hours of instruction for an original application and 8 hours of instruction for a renewal application.

The approved training is offered by a Qualified Handgun Instructor and will include instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation, and a component that requires the applicant to demonstrate gun safety and proficiency with a minimum score of 70% accuracy.

  • Designated security personnel (security guards, private detectives, special police, and armored car drivers/guards) must shoot a practical police course of at least 50 rounds, from no further than 25 yards and score at least 70% accuracy.
  • All other applicants must shoot a course of at least 25 rounds, from no further than 15 yards and score at least 70% accuracy.

Who needs to take the training?
  • Every original application and renewal application submitted after October 1, 2013, unless exempt. If you are any one of the below you are exempted.
  • You are an active law enforcement officer with a law enforcement agency of the United States, the State or any local law enforcement agency in the State.
  • You are a retired law enforcement officer with a law enforcement agency of the United States, the State or any local law enforcement agency in the State.
  • You are an active, retired, or honorably discharged member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard.
  • You are a Qualified Handgun Instructor registered with the Maryland State Police.
  • You have successfully completed a firearms training course given by a Qualified Handgun Instructor. (The on-line firearm safety course is no longer accepted).
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