You must attend a Maryland HQL Course before following the steps below. Register here.

  1. After heading to the Department of Maryland State Police Page, look for the, “Click here to create an account” button.
  2. Enter your date of birth and last name to search for an existing license. Once the search is complete (it should come up empty), fill in the form with all applicable information.
  3. Once you fill in all of the requirements, click “Register” and you will be redirected to the login screen to log in to your account for the first time.
  4. After logging in, click, “Initial Application” at the top left of the screen.
  5. Make sure your dropdown boxes match the following:
    • Profession: Firearm Services
    • License Type: HQL Standard
    • Obtained by Method: Application
  6. Click “Start Application”.
  7. Click the “Demographics” button on the left and enter all required information.
    • Be sure to fill in the tracking number that you received on your LIVESCAN fingerprints receipt.
  8. Click the “Prerequisite” button on the left.
    1. Click “Add” at the bottom left of the Associate QHIL/ QHIC screen.
    2. Under the “Add New Relationship” heading, make sure your screen matches the following and then press search:
      • Relationship Type: Instructor Prerequisite
      • Profession: Firearms Services
      • License Type: Qualified Handgun Instructor Certificate
      • License Number: This number is found on your certificate of training and begins with QHIC
    3. Click the name of your instructor.
    4. Click “Complete”.
  9. Click the “Questions” button on the left and answer all required questions honestly.
  10. Click the “Attach Documents” button on the left and attach a scan of your Soteria Training Academy Certificate.
  11. Click next.
  12. Click the “Finish” button on the left and review your application. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and select, “Pay Fees”
  13. After you complete payment, your application is finished! At that point, please send an email to to let us know you’ve completed it. Shortly after, we’ll be able to log on and approve your training certificate.