We offer on-site CJIS live scan services—at your location or at the Three Brothers store.

We require a minimum of 10 candidates for screenings, we do not have a maximum number for onsite screenings however the number of candidates must be confirmed during verification of onsite screening.


State of Maryland screening fee $18.00, FBI screening fee $12.00, and Three Brothers processing fee is $25.00. Check details for additional fee’s if your location is more than 10 miles away from Three Brothers located at 3061 Frederick Ave. Baltimore, MD 21223.


  • Mon.-Wed. & Sat. 10 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thurs. & Fri. 10 AM – 6:30 PM


  1. If you are requesting a background check for employment or licensing purposes you must have an agency name and authorization number
  2. If your background check is being sent to a government agency you may also need an ORI number
  3. You must bring a valid form of government identification. (Examples: driver’s license, Certificate of Naturalization, passport, Alien Registration Card, or Military Identification.)
  4. Fill out the attached form, print it and bring it to our fingerprinting center(Click here for the Application Form)
  5. Bring payment as indicated below. Major credit cards and cash are accepted.


  • Full Background (State and FBI) – $50.00
  • State Background Check ONLY- $38.00
  • FBI Background Check ONLY- $32.00
  • Gold Seal- $1.00


On-site Livescan Fingerprinting services are available throughout the state of Maryland for private institutions, businesses, schools and others who have a group of applicants requiring to be fingerprinted for state and Federal criminal background record checks. If you would like to have this service, call to set up an appointment.


  • Records submitted electronically by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to the State of Maryland routinely average 3-5 business days or less to complete and return to the agency requesting information.
  • In most cases, results are received electronically by the requesting agency in just a few short hours.
  • A request submitted on standard fingerprint cards average 6 to 8 weeks to complete.
  • Processing times for FBI records request currently average 8 to 12 weeks (or longer) to complete.
  • Approximately 7 to 10 days after submitting the record request applicant should receive a copy of the report if submitting for a personal review.
  • If the applicant fails to receive a copy of the report, they are urged to contact the appropriate state or Federal government agency listed below with their tracking number provided to them at the time of being fingerprinted to check the status and request a copy of their report.

State of Maryland Applicant & Licensee Express Livescan Services:

  • Adult Dependent Care
  • Board of Nursing – District of Columbia | Maryland
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Cannabis Commission (Entities & Dispensaries)
  • Child Care Licensing and Dept. of Education
  • Dept. of Environmental Resources – PG County
  • Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene “DHMH”
  • Dept. of Human Resources – Social Services
  • Driver Instructor – Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Immigration Visa
  • Individual Review – State of Maryland | FBI
  • Liquor Board Licensing
  • Locksmith Licensing
  • Lottery Commission and Gaming Control
  • Mortgage Licensing and Originator
  • Precious Metal Dealers and Pawn Brokers
  • Private Employer Petition
  • Public Service Commission – For-Hire Driver
  • Concealed Carry Permit
  • Employment – Maryland State Police Trooper
  • Explosives, Blasters & Fireworks – Fire Marshall
  • Firearms Dealers & Class-3 Transfers
  • Fire Department Employment – Fire Marshall
  • Handgun Qualification Licensing (HQL)
  • MD Police & Correctional Training Commission
  • Private Detective Licensing: New | Renewal
  • Security Guard Licensing: New | Renewal
  • Security Systems Technician
  • Special Police Commission: New | Renewal

A Guide To Obtaining The Maryland Handgun Qualification License

Unless otherwise exempt, as of October 1, 2013, a Maryland resident must possess a valid Handgun Qualification License before he/she may purchase, rent, or receive a handgun.

Details on exemptions may be found below. You do not need a Handgun Qualification License to own a gun you already have. The Handgun Qualification License is only needed for purchasing, transferring, or renting a regulated firearm after October 1, 2013.
Please go to 427 _sb0281 E.pdf in order to view the full text of the Law
Please Note: Residency exemptions have been made for active military personnel and their spouses. 

Q: How do you verify the credentials of current or retired military personnel?

A: Please refer to this webpage.

Who Should Apply?

A person may not purchase, rent, or receive a handgun after October 1, 2013 unless they possess
a valid Handgun Qualification License (HQL) issued by the Maryland State Police or qualify for
exemption status.

Exceptions to possession of the HQL License

1. A Licensed Firearms Manufacturer.2. Active law enforcement officer or a person retired in good standing from a law enforcement agency of the United States, the State, or a local law enforcement agency of the State.3. Active or retired member of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and possesses a valid military identification card.4. A person purchasing, renting or receiving an antique, curio or relic as defined in federal law.5. Maryland licensed firearms dealers.

Required to have the HQL, but exempt from the training component

  1. Someone who completed a firearms safety training course approved by the Secretary ofthe Department of Maryland State Police.
  2. Has completed a course of instruction in the competency and safety of firearms as prescribed under Natural Resources Article, §10-301.1, Annotated Code of Maryland. Application for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Course Certificate can be obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may be used in lieu of Qualified Handgun Instruction.
  3. Is currently a qualified handgun instructor.
  4. Is an honorably discharged member of the armed forces of the United States or NationalGuard.
  5. Is an employee of an armored car company who has a handgun permit issued by MSP.
  6. Lawfully owns a regulated firearm. If you already own a handgun or assault weapon prior to October 1, 2013, you do not have to complete the training to apply for the Handgun Qualification License.In accordance with the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, individuals who are voluntarily admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility (either state, private or acute general), for a period of 30 consecutive days or more, or involuntarily certified and retained by an Administrative Law Judge may have to surrender their firearms and will be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm unless an individual is granted relief from firearm disqualification The Maryland Department of
    Health and Mental Hygiene ( makes available to persons who are prohibited from possessing certain firearms a process to apply for relief from these prohibitions.

How to Apply

The Handgun Qualification License is accessible online through Mylicense.

For access please use this website.

To apply for an HQL the law requires a fingerprint-based background check ( ainlicensingPage/Fingerprinting.aspx). You cannot submit your application until this is completed unless you already possess as Maryland Wear and Carry Permit. There are several places to obtain fingerprints. Many people use the State of Maryland Criminal Justice Information Service
located at 


6776 Reisterstown Road
(West side of Reisterstown Road Plaza Mall)
Suite 102 (first floor)
Baltimore, MD 21215

  • CJIS also has a website listing other providers of fingerprint services on this webpage.
  • Please note: hours and prices vary.

Within 3 years prior to the submission of an HQL application, an applicant must demonstrate a satisfactory completion of a Firearms Safety Training Course. Qualified Handgun Instructors can be found online.

The Firearms Safety Training Course must be instructed by a Qualified Handgun Instructor, and shall consist of a minimum of 4 hours of instruction and include the following minimum curricula:

  1. State Firearm Law. Overview of the State firearm laws, including discussion of what constitutes a regulated firearm, how to properly purchase or transfer a firearm, where allowed to carry or transport a firearm, when necessary to possess a carry permit, who is prohibited from possessing firearms, and state law relating to minors, permissible levels of force, and use oof deadly force.
  2. Home Firearm Safety. Overview of handgun and firearm safety in the home, including discussion of access to minors, locking and storing of firearms, and use of safety devices, such as secure lockboxes.
  3. Handgun Mechanisms and Operation. Overview of the proper operation and safe handling ofa handgun, including cleaning and maintenance, the loading and unloading of ammunition, and the differences between revolvers and semi-automatic handguns.
  4. Operation and Handling Demonstration. Orientation component that demonstrates theperson’s safe operation and handling of a firearm, to include a “live fire” component in whichthe applicant safely shoots the firearm. An applicant may not be required to fire in excess of 15yards during qualifications.

How Much Does It Cost?

Acceptable methods of payment include Visa or MasterCard Original/Initial – $50.00 – Fingerprint Fees not included.