is a complete one-stop
source for obtaining your Texas Concealed Handgun License. We offer one-day
CHL course instruction in the Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas areas.
To find the
class nearest you, visit our
calendar page. If
you would like to register for a class, click
carry a concealed weapon in Texas, a license is required.
Many states haveReciprocity Agreements
with Texas. These states include: Louisiana,
Florida Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona,
Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina,
South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Georgia, North Dakota,
Missouri, Utah, Virginia, Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho, New Mexico,
Alaska, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.
Steps To Getting Your
Texas Concealed Handgun License:
To qualify for a Texas
CHL you must:
Be 21 years old.
(Members and former members of the armed forces must be 18.)
Not be under a protective order
Have a clean
criminal history, including military service and recent juvenile
Not be of unsound mind.
Not be chemically
Be eligible to
purchase a handgun by completing the NICS check.
Not be delinquent in
paying fines, fees, child support, student loans, etc.
Taking the Texas
Concealed Handgun License training
course will require 10 to 15 hours, and includes a written examination and
a shooting practical. You must pass both with a score of 70% or better.
The shooting practical requires you to fire fifty rounds (slow
fire) from a handgun of .32 caliber or greater, 20 rounds at three
yards, 20 rounds at seven yards, and 10 at fifteen yards. If you
qualify with a semi-auto you will be able to carry a semi automatic
or a revolver. If you qualify with a revolver you are only
certified to carry a revolver or derringer.
The TCL written exam covers law, nonviolent conflict resolution, and
handgun use and storage. It is not mainly about shooting.
After you pass both
tests the Texas Concealed handgun License instructor will issue two copies of Form TR100, which you must
When you submit your Application:
Make sure all the forms that came in the application package are
Include the first copy of the Form TR100. Do not send in the
you have not paid online, you may send a personal check, cashier's
check, or money order for the license fee. You may pay cash at TDPS
headquarters in Austin. NOTE: It is a very bad idea to
bounce a check on the Texas DPS.
recommend making a copy of everything and sending it certified mail or
return receipt requested.
Send the package to Texas Dept. of Public Safety. Currently, there is a huge back log of
applications being processed and time to receive the license from TDPS
is running 6 to 7 months (4 months for renewals).
When you receive your Concealed Handgun License check it over to make
sure the information is correct.
If you need to modify
your license to change your name or address or to go from an NSA (non
semi-auto) to an SA (semi-auto) license, or replace a lost or destroyed
license, we have the forms
3) Apply for the
an application and sending it in to the TDPS is the final step in the
process of getting your Texas Concealed handgun License.
There are two ways to approach this part of the process:
request by mail:
CHL instructor will have application packages for mail submission
fill out the forms in the package during class.
will be notarized during class.
photos will be taken during class
Fingerprints will be taken during class on the FBI and TDPS cards.
have questions your training course instructor should be able to help