Wear and Carry Permits
- What is a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit?
This is what the Maryland State Police (MSP) call the permit that allows you to carry a firearm on your person. Other common terms are CCW permit, concealed carry Permit, CCP, Carry Permit. It is important to point out that MSP does not distinguish between open and concealed carry. If you have a Wear and Carry permit in Maryland it is your choice how you decide to carry.
- Who Is Eligible for a Wear and Carry Permit in Maryland?
The Supreme Court on June 23, 2022, struck down the unconstitutional and unenforceable “good and substantial reason” to get a wear and carry permit. With that decision, Maryland became a “shall issue” jurisdiction for issuing wear and carry permits. Shall issue means that if a citizen completes required training, gets fingerprinted, and passes a background check then the State Police “must” issue a wear and carry permit.
- How Long is a Permit Good For?
Your initial permit is good for 2 years plus how ever many months until the last day of your birth month. After the initial permit expires, renewal permits are good for 3 years plus however many months until your birth month. Renewal applications should be submitted 90 days in advance of your expiration date.
- Are There Any Wear & Carry Training Exemptions?
Yes, military, law enforcement, and qualified firearms instructors registered with MSP are exempt from the 16 hour initial and 8 hour renewal training and qualifying course of fire shooting requirements. That being said, we get veterans in almost every class for the legal review and range training.
- How Much Does A Wear & Carry Permit Cost in Maryland?
The initial carry class is $350 if taken with the Spartan Firearms Training Group. Renewals are $200. Additional initial costs include finger prints ($60), passport style photo ($10), and MSP application fee ($75). Renewals will have the photo fee and a $50 app fee. Applicants for both the initial and renewal courses through Spartan Firearms Training Group will shoot a 200 round course of fire using ammunition they purchase before the training or that they purchase from us on the day of training. We have guns, holsters, and magazine pouches students can use. However, they will need personal eye and ear protection.
- How Long Does It Take To Get A Maryland Wear & Carry Permit?
The Maryland State Police have 90 days to issue the permit.
- What Happens if I Am Denied By The Maryland State Police for a Wear & Carry Permit?
The MSP has a formal appeal process if your application is denied. We highly recommend calling us ahead of purchasing a ticket for our wear and carry courses to determine your eligibility to receive the permit.