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Handgun Qualification License (HQL) Class

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Disclaimer: Successful completion of this class does NOT guarantee the issuance of a Handgun Qualification License (HQL).


Class Overview: This is a MSP-approved firearms safety training class that satisfies the training requirements to apply for the Handgun Qualification License (HQL). This class is for NON-EXEMPT residents of Maryland who wish to apply for the Handgun Qualification License (HQL) in order to purchase a handgun. Exemption details can be found on the Maryland State Police website:


Class Description: This class consists of 4-hours of classroom instruction and approximately 1-hour of range time. During the classroom portion of this class, the following topics will be discussed: Application Process, State Firearm Law, Home Firearm Safety and Handgun Mechanisms and Operations. During the range portion of this class, there will be a “live-fire” component in which each student must safely shoot 1-2 rounds from a handgun. Upon successful completion of this class, each student will receive their Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training certificate. Each student will also be given a voucher for FREE range time to use at a later date. 


Class Length: Approximately 4-5 Hours.

*Although we try to estimate how long this class will take, the actual ending time is dependent on the class size. Therefore, you may want to allow additional time to complete this class.


Student Requirements: 

-Students must bring a valid Driver’s License or State Issued ID to class with them for verification. 

-Students must arrive on time and be present for the entire duration of class. 


Class Fee: $25.00 Per Person.

*Effective with all HQL classes scheduled for February 2020 and beyond, the class fee will increase to $30.00 per person.


What’s Included: This class includes classroom instruction, range time and your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training certificate. In addition, the cost of this class covers the use of a firearm, ammunition, targets, ear protection and eye protection. Please do NOT bring firearms or ammunition to this class.


What’s NOT Included :

-This class does NOT include LiveScan fingerprinting, which is required to apply for your Handgun Qualification License (HQL). You cannot submit your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application until fingerprinting is completed, unless you already possess a Maryland Concealed “Wear and Carry” Permit. Fingerprints must be submitted electronically via an approved LiveScan fingerprint provider. Paper fingerprint cards/ink fingerprints will NOT be accepted.

-Additionally, this class does NOT include the state application fee (original/initial: $50.00). This fee must be paid directly to the Maryland State Police when submitting your Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application. Acceptable methods of payment include Visa or MasterCard.

*For your convenience, Secure Fingerprints (a LiveScan fingerprint provider) will be offering LiveScan fingerprint services at our facility before each of our scheduled Handgun Qualification License (HQL) classes. These services are walk-in only; no appointment necessary. MSAR is NOT affiliated with Secure Fingerprints or any other LiveScan fingerprint provider. MSAR only allows Secure Fingerprints to offer LiveScan fingerprint services at our facility for the convenience of our valued customers. For LiveScan fingerprint pricing, please contact Secure Fingreprints directly at (410) 350-1540.


Important Information:

-The training provided in this class is only valid for three (3) years. Therefore, students must submit their Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application within three (3) years of completing this class.

-LiveScan fingerprints are only valid for one (1) year. Therefore, students must submit their Handgun Qualification License (HQL) application within one (1) year of being fingerprinted.

Customer Reviews

Handgun Qualification License (HQL) Class
Overall Rating:
Number of Reviews: 2
Value for Price 5.0
Durability 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Features 5.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Small Arms Range
Feb 19, 2019
Fantastic Instructor and Class
Value for Price 5.0
Durability 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Features 5.0

What are the pros? Fantastic Instructor!

What are the cons? I don't have any.


Mo is an outstanding instructor! He provided clear and concise information. Under his instruction, I was eager to learn as much as possible about the subject matter. I am pleased that I took the class and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn information about Maryland firearm laws and ownership.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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