PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The application process for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit to firearms will move from a hand-written paper application to an online application.

Starting on October 1, those who apply for the permit will complete and submit the application online.

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Paper Wear and Carry Permit applications postmarked or hand-delivered on or before September 30 will be accepted and processed, Maryland State Police said in a release Tuesday.

However, any paper applications submitted on or after October 1 will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant with instructions to submit the permit application through the online licensing portal.

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The application itself, in its questions and documentation requirements, will remain the same.

All of the required documentation, including a passport-sized photograph and Livescan fingerprint receipt can be uploaded by the applicant before submitting the application.

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Maryland State Police said the goal of the automated application process is to increase the “ease and efficiency” of applying for a Wear and Carry Permit in Maryland.