LTC/CHL License & Handgun Safety Classes
If you are interested in our LTC CHL License & Handgun Safety Classes or looking for Basic Handgun Training click the link below for more information on all classes offered. We have classes that can fit your schedule and location.
A non-refundable deposit is required which insures a spot in any of our classes. If you cannot attend a class the deposit will apply to the next class.Enroll todayView upcoming classes
Frequently asked questions:
How do I apply for a License?
You may apply online at http://www.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/chl/ OR print, fill out and mail in the appropriate forms under “Downloadable Forms” in the left-hand navigation bar of the CHL website.
Where can I get electronic fingerprinting?
Effective March 1, 2011 all fingerprints must be submitted through Electronic Fingerprint Submission using L-1 Enrollment Services. Log on to http://www.l1enrollment.com to find a location near you.
Is the fee associated with collecting fingerprints part of the $140.00 CHL application fee?
No. Fingerprint collection fees are separate from the $140.00 original application fee and are not paid to TXDPS. The fingerprint fee is $9.95 and must be paid to the State’s designated fingerprint collection vendor; L-1 Enrollment Services (L-1).
Why do I have to wait to schedule my L-1 electronic fingerprints, until TXDPS acknowledges that my application has been entered into their computer system?
The application information must be in the CHL database, prior to L-1 scheduling, to allow all the information and responses to match up properly.
I am renewing my CHL. Do I have to submit fingerprints and passport photos?
No. CHL renewal applicants are no longer required to submit new fingerprints or photos as part of their renewal application. CHL will utilize the fingerprints on file and previously submitted photos.
What are the requirements for obtaining a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?
Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H sets out the eligibility criteria that must be met. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (unless active duty military) and must meet Federal qualifications to purchase a handgun. A number of factors may make individuals ineligible to obtain a license, such as: felony convictions, some misdemeanor convictions, including charges that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication; certain pending criminal charges; chemical or alcohol dependency; certain types of psychological diagnoses, and protective or restraining orders. The state eligibility requirements can be found in GC §411.172. The federal firearms disqualifiers can be found in 18 USC 44 §922.
You must also submit a completed application, pay the required fees, complete all required training and submit required supplemental forms and materials.
How do I apply for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?
Applicants for an original (first-time) LTC should submit an online application, and schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. Applicants must also complete four to six hours of classroom training, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). All classroom and proficiency must be conducted in Texas by a LTC instructor certified by DPS.
Upon successful completion of the training class, the instructor should provide each student with a Certificate of Training (CHL-100). It is the student’s responsibility to submit this form to DPS to complete the application. Instructors should not submit the form for the student.
Once I submit my application, when should I expect to receive my license?
DPS will make every effort to issue your license within 60 days of receiving the completed application packet. If the application is incomplete or requires additional information to complete the background check, you will be notified in writing.
I sent in my completed application packet, but received a letter from the Department asking for more information on an arrest from several years ago. How does this affect the processing time?
The letter requesting more information or documents extends the timeline for issuing your license. DPS has an additional 180 days to complete the review process, if additional information is required from the application. To ensure your license is issued promptly, it is very important for you to provide the requested information for review. If the requested information is not received timely, the application will be terminated.
How do I renew my License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?
Renewal applications may be submitted online at: License To Carry A Handgun.
We will use existing fingerprints and photos on file for renewal applications. However, sometimes the quality of those prints originally submitted no longer meets the State or FBI standards. If we are unable to use the fingerprints on file, you will be notified to obtain a new set of prints along with instructions on where you must be fingerprinted.
How much does it cost to obtain or renew a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?
The standard fee for an original LTC is $140. The standard fee for a renewal of a LTC is $70. However, Texas law provides for some discounts if you meet certain special conditions. A complete list of fees along with the special conditions can be found on the fee schedule.
NOTE: Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. If an application is not approved, the fees will not be refunded.
Is there a cost for fingerprinting?
Yes. There is a fee charged for fingerprint services. For additional information regarding the Fingerprint Application Services of Texas (FAST) please visit our website at: Fingerprint Services.
How long is the Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) valid?
Initial licenses are valid for four years. Renewal licenses are valid for five years.
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