The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) has launched its elicensing platform to 17 organisations that have been permitted to operate within the Maryland sports wagering law.
As reported in WBOC, the operators will be given online access to apply for a full sports betting license, subject to suitable background checks.
As per the Maryland state laws, all operators must undergo criminal and financial investigation before it is given a license.
Usually, the investigations last ‘several months’ with the due diligence required to pass the checks, however, sources in the Old Line state suggest that the process will be fast-tracked.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin told WBOC: “We anticipate that some of the 17 specified locations may be able to start taking sports wagers late this fall or early this winter, in time for the NFL playoffs.
“We’re actively working to expedite the process.”
The investigations into the 17 applicants will commence as soon as they initiate an application via the new licensing platform.
MLGCC regulations state that interim licenses may be issued whilst full checks are carried out, allowing the operators to begin business in the state. Although this is designed to fast-track the process, MLGCC still holds the right to revoke any license from operators who are given an interim license but fail the thorough checks.