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Valuable Course to Get Your Maryland Handgun Qualification License

The course to get your Maryland Handgun Qualification License in Suitland-Silver Hill, MD, will give you the skills to handle firearms safely. This course consists of three hours of classroom instruction and approximately one hour of range time. During the classroom portion, the following topics are covered:

  • Application Process
  • State Firearm Law
  • Home Firearm Safety
  • Handgun Mechanisms
  • Operations

During the range portion of this class, there will be a live-fire component in which each student must safely shoot one to two rounds from a handgun. Upon successful completion of this class, each student will receive their Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training certificate.

Course in Session

Student Requirements

Students must bring a valid driver's license or state-issued ID to class with them for verification. They must also arrive on time and be present for the entire duration of the course. Lastly if you are 30 minutes or more late you will have to reschedule for another class and pay the $75 class transfer fee.

Class Length

  • Approximately 4 Hours
    (4 Hours)

Class Fee

  • $125/Person

What's Included In the Fee

This course includes classroom instruction, soft munitions for firing, and your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training certificate. The cost of this class covers the use of a firearm, ammunition, targets, ear protection, and eye protection. Please do not bring weapons or ammunition to this class.

What's Not Included In the Fee

LiveScan Fingerprints

Secure Fingerprints - $65 This class does not include LiveScan fingerprints. You cannot submit your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application until the completion of fingerprinting unless you already possess a Maryland Wear/Carry Handgun Permit. Fingerprints must be submitted electronically via an approved LiveScan fingerprint provider. Paper, card, or ink fingerprints will not be accepted.

State Application Fee

Original/Initial - $50 This class does not include the state application fee. This fee must be paid directly to the Maryland State Police when submitting your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application.

HQL Application Process

After you pass this class successfully and complete your LiveScan fingerprints, you must apply for a Handgun Qualification License (HQL) through the Maryland State Police. The application must be submitted online through the Maryland State Police Online Services Webpage. Completed applications take approximately 2-4 weeks to process and become active. Once active, you will be mailed your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) in 7-10 business days.

Important Information

The certification provided in this class is only valid for three years. Therefore, you must submit your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application within three years of completing this class. LiveScan fingerprints are only valid for one year.