Submitted by Alan Burghard

California is easy, there is no state standard; each agency/department is free to establish whatever course of fire they choose. A majority (nearly all) of agencies/departments from Orange County northward well into the
mountains, will only qualify their own retired members. A fellow retired 1811 (not NCIS) went through a myriad of rejections working his way north from Orange County last year. This year I followed up with Riverside County
Sheriff's Department who did authorize us to participate (probably as a result of socializing and the fact we both had relatives back east in the same neighborhood).

Qualification was (30) rounds, (10) at the 15 yard line, (10) at the 7 yard line and (10) at the 5 yard line. Two K/D black silhouette targets side by side. On the 15, from the low ready (no drawing from the holster), no time
limit.two rounds left target, two rounds right target until empty. Reload, cover. As a group, walking forward at the low ready to the 7, same sequence of fire. Moving forward after to the 5, two to the body, one to the head
each target until out of ammunition. Clear the handgun and as a group, walk back to the bench where your gear is. No scoring of the targets..memo was completed for LEOSA/HR-218 folks before the firing began. No inspection of the weapon, just declaring semiautomatic or revolver so the form could be noted (or both). This is the same course of fire for the CCW's in Riverside County. They do have their particular handgun recorded as the CCW is handgun specific.

Private instructors also do not have a state standard to emulate, and will vary by each that offers it.


Submitted by Don Johnston

In Colorado, retired agents can contact their local law enforcement agency to qualify as required. The decision to qualify retired agents is up to the individual departments and course of fire is determined by the individual law enforcement agency. The retired agent must qualify on each weapon he/she plans to carry. The law enforcement agency will provide a letter certifying that the retired agent qualified on their course of fire with specific weapons (to include serial numbers). Since retiring, I have qualified twice with the Woodland Park, Colorado Police Department with no issues or problems. WPD requires me to qualify on their "off duty" officer's qualification course.



Submitted by Dave Kelley

Since Federal Agencies consistently refuse to qualify retired personnel in accordance with HR-218, NCIS retirees living in Florida need to qualify annually with a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified firearms instructor in order to maintain their carry rights under this law. It might be possible to perform this qualification with the assistance of a local law enforcement agency, but I do not personally know of any that are doing this. Fortunately, there are certified instructors who provide this training on a commercial basis, and they also can issue the mandated annual training card certification to accompany your retired credentials for nationwide CCW under HR-218. I have been qualified in this manner since I retired, and the process is pretty straightforward. For the past couple of years I have been using Mr. David Aronow, who is an FDLE certified instructor with Florida Safety & Health Educators. The training is excellent and
reasonably priced. He periodically offers courses in the Palm Beach and Titusville areas; current info, including regulations and course of fire are posted on the FSHE website.


Submitted by Ray Kessenich

You must qualify on a state approved course once a year. That passing score identification card in conjunction with your retired identification card allow you to carry (makes you exempt from having to have a permit). Cedar Rapids PD could qualify you or any other agency with a certified firearms instructor. Information was provided to Ray by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, subsequently Ray qualified on the Cedar Rapids PD range.



As of July 1, 2011 the Maryland Police Training Commission updated their procedures and began issuing photographic qualification cards. The Maryland Department of State Police no longer handle LEOSA qualification or card issuance except for their own retirees. Retired Law Enforcement still has the option to qualify with the agency from which they separated if that agency offers certification.

The current application form for the Maryland Police Training Commission LEOSA certification can be found here:

Submitted by Tim Danahey


There are two choices to qualify under the local standard. One is to contact your local law enforcement agency; municipal, county, sheriff etc. to find out what they offer for retirees or contact the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (MPCTC) to make arrangements to complete the firearm and training qualifications. The telephone number for the Commission is (410) 552-6300.

On attending the training, you will need to have your retirement credentials and a current Maryland driver’s license with you. You must reside in Maryland.

There will be approximately 3 hours of class room during which you will certify you have no mental issues, retired in good standing, had arrest authority and are receiving a non-forfeitable retirement. The class covers; range and handgun safety, verify it is understood you have no police powers and are not protected by any law enforcement related provisions if you take an action. A written exam will follow which you must pass and then you will qualify with the handgun.

Maryland allows you to carry a revolver, semi auto pistol or both. You need to qualify with both if you elect to have the option to carry both. You are not limited to the handgun you qualify with as the handgun you will carry. As an example, you qualify with a Glock .40 cal and carry a Sig 9mm. The individual provides their own ammunition, ear and eye protection are required. The firing qualification is shooting from the 3, 7, 15 and 25 yard lines with upper and lower barricade shooting at the 15 and 25 yard lines. There is also a reduced light shooting course of fire you must complete from the 3, 7, and 15 yard lines.

The firearms instructor must be certified by the MPCTC and following the range time will provide you a score sheet with their certification and your shooting score(s). If you do not pass you will need to reschedule. According to the Sheriff’s Department representative in Charles County this completed document (reducing the page size for carry is optional) along with your retired credentials satisfies the requirement under LEOSA.

When armed you must carry your retired credential and a copy of your qualification form that is valid within a twelve month period. This application procedure will be done annually and it is the responsibility of the individual to qualify each year prior to the expiration date.

The annual card is optional and will replace your carrying of the qualification score sheet. You must first complete the criteria mentioned in the “Local” section. Go to, on the left side menu click on: “Firearms/Permits/Licensing.” Next page scroll down to “Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act (LEOSA) Application.” Click on: “LEOSA eMDSP Guidance Document (DOC).” In this section will be instructional pages, a page you will fill in and print out to authorize the department of Health and Mental Hygiene to disclose to the state police any information as it pertains to violent behavior or confinement in a mental health facility. Your notarized signature is required.

Another form in this section is: “Certification of Prior Law Enforcement Employment.” Download this form and mail it along with a letter to NCIS requesting the form be filled out, signed and is mailed back to you and not to the state firearms licensing division. This was coordinated in 2010 with both Codes 11 and 10 and is a one-time certification.

The form for certification by the firearms instructor is included in this section also and is the same one you received from your qualification. The remaining forms included in this section are for retired Maryland State Police only and are marked as such. Do not include these with your packet.

Return to the LEOSA Application page where you found the guidance document. Click on the next line down from that: “LEOSA eMDSP Application Website (LINK).” On this page you will establish an eMDSP account and submit the: State of Maryland Separated Law Enforcement Application for Certification to Carry a Concealed Firearm. You will go through a series of questions. On completion you will be asked to verify your information and then click “submit.” This is all electronic and you will not have a copy. A billing page will come up asking for your credit card info to pay an $8.00 fee. The next page will be a receipt, assure you print this out as a copy will need to be included with the documents you send.

When you receive the completed employment verification form back from NCIS place it with the completed handgun qualification certification, verification that you are receiving a non-forfeitable retirement, the notarized authorized release of information form and a copy of the printed receipt from your successful eMDSP LEOSA application submission/fee payment. Include color copies of the front and back of your retired credentials and your Maryland driver’s license. This will all be mailed to: Licensing Division, Handgun Permit Unit, 1111 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.

Make sure all your information is correct. If you make an error and/or information is missing the fee is non-refundable and you may be charged an additional fee. All the information is provided in the instructional document located in the: “LEOSA eMDSP Guidance Document (.DOC )” link.


Submitted by Ron Hedenskog

Ron provided the link, below, for HR-218 qualification in Nebraska. The information provided is very clear. Ron has qualified three times with no problems.



Submitted by Dave DiPaola

HR-218 qualification in North Carolina.


Submitted by Joe Degnan

HR #218 (LEOSA) Qualification for Retired LE in Pennsylvania.
All retired Law Enforcement Officers requesting qualification must provide a retired Law Enforcement Identification Card from their department as well as a second form of identification such as a driver's license, and complete all forms provided by RLEIA and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). The handgun course of fire is subject to the local instructor but must consist of at least 50 rounds of duty ammunition provided by the applicant with 10% being shot at 25 yards and none closer than 1 yard. The course I took consisted of 10rds at 25 yards, 20rds at 15 yards, 10rds at 7 yards, and 10rds at 3 yards.

All applicants must pass with a minimum qualification score of 75%. The cost for qualification is $50.00 (Pass or Fail). Upon qualification, the Certified LE Firearms Instructors will issue you a serialized card which you will then need to present to the local Sheriff's Office in the county you reside.

The Sheriff's Office will conduct a records check and will then have the Sheriff sign the certification card. They will then laminate the card (make sure you call for an appointment to ensure the Sheriff is in on the day you want this done). The cost for that is $5.00 via Money Order (only) made out to: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

You must complete the course once a year with your own firearm and the ammunition you intend to carry in the weapon.

Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education & Training Commission (Retired LEO Identification & Processing)


Submitted by Glenn Pfeiffer

Here is what I went through in Texas.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is the organization you must apply with. Once you have your NCIS credentials you must complete the TCLEOSE form for Retired Federal or Out of Stated Officers. The form that I have attached contains the instructions. There is a $25.00 fee. You must also provide proof of firearms proficiency which is the 2nd form. That outlines the annual qualification requirement. A TCLEOSE Firearms instructor or a Concealed Handgun License Instructor must complete the certification part of the form. Once the 2 forms are completed and the $25 fee paid it takes about 30-60 days to get your laminated Retired Fed card back from TCLEOSE. The card expires 12 months after the last firearms qualification. Each year you must complete both forms again and pay the $25.00.

Where I currently work at Lockheed Martin, I have access to both CHL Instructors and a TCLEOSE Instructor so the firearms part is not a problem. Obtaining the retired Fed card under the law has nothing to do with obtaining a Concealed Handgun License other than a CHL Instructor can certify firearms proficiency/ TCLEOSE administers the process for TX.
(512) 936-1035

Submitted by Dan Symonds

Texas requires annual qualification. You may qualify with your original agency or any Texas Law Enforcement Agency, who is willing to qualify you, complete the paperwork and maintain your training records, or as is my case, you get a Texas Certified Law Enforcement instructor who will qualify you, provide you with an id card or letter certifying you qualification and maintaining your training records. Most courses of fire require 50 rounds. Minimum standards are:

50 rounds fired at 3 yards (5 rounds)
7 yards (30 rounds
15 yards (15 Rounds)

A variation which is also used for the Texas Concealed carry permit is
3 yards (10 rounds)
7 yards (20 rounds)
15 yards (20 rounds)

In either course of fire maximum score is 250 and minimum qualification is 185.


Submitted by Blair Gluba:

Matters relating to HR-218 - Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) are under the cognizance of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Standards & Training Section ( Those qualified must qualify on an annual basis and be certified by the agency from which they retired, any other law enforcement agency firearms instructor, or any certified Training School (certified by DCJS). Once completed by the applicant and firearms instructor, an application/certification form is forwarded to DCJS. In turn, DCJS provides an ID card to the officer/agent which contains the date by which another qualification course must be fired for issuance of a new ID card.

While there are two other qualifications (includes course of fire for revolvers), the attached course of fire is the standard used by most agencies. Additional information regarding DCJS requirements and courses of fire are available via the above website.


Submitted by Barry Cocci

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) Firearms Concealed Carry Qualification Information (WSCJTC Website)