How to get a Texas Handgun License

 Posted on January 11, 2023

Are you looking for information about getting a Texas handgun license? If so, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll cover all the basics of the Texas handgun license process, from the requirements to the application process. We'll also discuss the different types of handgun licenses available in Texas and what you need to do to keep your license valid. Read on to learn more about getting your Texas handgun license.

What is the difference between a Texas Handgun License, a License to Carry and a Concealed Handgun License?

They are actually the same thing. A handgun license in Texas is referred to as a License to Carry, or LTC for short. Prior to 2015, before the Texas state government allowed open gun carry in Texas, it was referred to as a concealed handgun license or commonly known as a CHL for short.

So when reading on the internet or taking your training class online, note that a handgun license in Texas is now called a license to carry, or LTC for short. Its called a license to carry due to the fact that you can use it to carrying your gun openly or concealed. When it was a called a concealed handgun license, was when the code in Texas only allowed for concealed carry with a license.

What are the qualifications for getting a Texas Handgun License?

In order to qualify for a Texas Handgun License, you must meet the following criteria:

• Be 21 years old

• Be a legal resident of Texas or have the intention of becoming a resident in the near future

• Have no felony convictions

• Have no Class A or B misdemeanor convictions within the last 5 years

• Have no pending criminal charges

• Have no history of mental illness

• Have no dishonorable discharge from the military

• Have no chemical or alcohol dependency

• Have completed a handgun proficiency course

• Have a valid Texas driver’s license or ID card

• Have no outstanding warrants

• Have no protective or restraining orders

• Have no history of family violence

• Have no convictions for a Class C misdemeanor within the last 5 years

What does the required handgun course consist of?

The online course consists of two parts. The online class which is considered your classroom portion and includes the written exam which is made up of 25 multiple choice questions. The official course consists of 4 modules and is 4 hours total.

We break the course into 24 sections with no one section being longer than 20 minutes. So you can come and go as needed after each video. This sure makes it a lot easier than trying to sit through the whole thing in one sitting. You can also switch between your phone and computer or tablet as you wish and your progress is saved between devices.

If you get stuck for any reason we have live chat support to help you out or answer any questions.

Once you pass the online course we will provide you with a DPS issued form called an LTC-101. We will fill out part A and your live fire instructor will fill out part B & C.

We are licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) under TX Chapter 411.188 & 411.190 to administer the online License to Carry Course.

The second part of the course is the live fire proficiency exam which is the shooting portion that is required by the DPS. This part of the course is done in your city. The live fire portion of the LTC course is the shooting portion of the course that is required by the Texas Department of Public Safety. This part of the course is done in your city and is typically done at a local gun range. During the live fire portion of the course, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency with a handgun by shooting a target at a specified distance. You will also be required to demonstrate your ability to safely handle and operate a handgun.

The distances you will be required to shoot from are as follows:

- 7 yards

- 5 yards

- 3 yards

You will be required to shoot a total of 50 rounds and must score a minimum of 175 out of a possible 250 points.

You can get started taking the course on our website at TexasCarryCourse.com

What is the application process for a Texas Handgun License?

The application process for a Texas Handgun License is relatively straightforward. First, you must complete the online application form, which can be found on the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Once you have completed the form, you must submit it along with the required documents a copy of your driver’s license or other valid form of identification, fingerprinting, and proof of handgun proficiency. Once your application is approved, you will receive your license in the mail.

How do I get my fingerprints taken for my gun license application?

In order to get your service code from the DPS for your fingerprinting appointment at Identogo, you will need to log into your Texas DPS online account. Once you are logged in, you will be able to access your service code. You will need to provide this code to Identogo when scheduling your appointment. There will be a services fee of $10 payable to Identogo. This is mandated to finish your application properly through the DPS.

Will I need to provide a photo or get a photo taken for my Texas handgun license?

No, you do not need to provide a photo or get a photo taken for your Texas handgun license. The Department of Public Safety will use the photo from your driver's license or other valid form of identification automatically.

How much does it cost to get a Texas handgun license?

The cost of obtaining a Texas handgun license varies depending on the county in which you live. Generally, you will need to pay a fee of around $40, which includes the license fee, fingerprinting fee, and background check fee. You may also need to pay additional fees for a training course or other related expenses.

Our course is currently on $45 and as low as $25 with multi-student discounts. We tell people to expect to pay around $25-$40 for the live fire portion of the exam, but not to pay over $40, unless they really want to go to a particular instructor or range that charges more.

You can get started taking the course on our website at TexasCarryCourse.com

How long is a Texas handgun license valid for?

A Texas handgun license is valid for five years from the date of issue. To renew your license, you must complete the renewal application process at least 30 days before the expiration date. You will need to provide proof of identity, residency, and training (if its been expired for more than a year), as well as pay the applicable fees. Once your renewal is approved, you will receive a new license valid for another five years.

How to check the status of a Texas handgun license?

If you are looking to check the status of your Texas handgun license, you can do so by visiting the Texas Department of Public Safety website. On the homepage, you will find a link to the “License to Carry a Handgun” page. Here, you can enter your license number and date of birth to view the status of your license. You can also use this page to renew or replace your license.

How to renew a Texas handgun license?

If you are a resident of Texas and need to renew your handgun license, you must complete the Texas Handgun License Renewal Application and submit it to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The form must be completed in full, including providing your current license number, address, and other personal information. You must also include a copy of your driver's license or other valid identification.

The renewal process can now be done online on the DPS website.

Once the application is received, the Texas Department of Public Safety will review it and determine if you are eligible for renewal. If you are approved, you will receive a renewal notice in the mail. This notice will include instructions on how to pay the renewal fee and complete the renewal process.

Once the renewal fee is paid and the renewal process is complete, you will receive a new handgun license that is valid for four years. It is important to note that you must renew your handgun license before it expires in order to remain in compliance with Texas law.

You can get started taking the course on our website at TexasCarryCourse.com

Why is it smart to get a Texas handgun license, now known as a license to carry or LTC?

You can carry on Campus with a License to Carry. A Texas law passed in 2015, known as Senate Bill 11, allowed for the carrying of handguns on public university campuses in the state. This law, which is part of the Texas Penal Code Subchapter H, also known as the “License to Carry a Handgun” law, allows individuals who are 21 years of age or older and have a valid Texas handgun license to carry a handgun on public university campuses. The law also allows for private universities to opt out of the law and prohibit the carrying of handguns on their campuses.

Here are a few good reasons get your Texas handgun license:

1. Increased personal safety: A Texas LTC allows you to legally carry a handgun for self-defense, which can help you protect yourself and your family in dangerous situations.

2. Improved access to public places: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry your handgun in most public places, such as restaurants, stores, and parks.

3. Increased peace of mind: Knowing that you can legally carry a handgun for self-defense can give you peace of mind when you are out and about.

4. Increased convenience: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry your handgun in your vehicle, which can make it easier to transport your handgun to and from the range or other shooting activities.

5. Increased respect for the law: By obtaining a Texas LTC, you are showing respect for the law and demonstrating your commitment to responsible gun ownership.

6. Increased protection of property: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry a handgun to protect your property from theft or vandalism.

7. Increased ability to hunt: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry a handgun while hunting, which can help you protect yourself from dangerous animals.

8. Increased ability to travel: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry a handgun when traveling, which can help you protect yourself from criminals in unfamiliar places.

9. Increased ability to participate in shooting sports: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry a handgun to shooting competitions, which can help you stay competitive.

10. Increased ability to participate in shooting activities: With a Texas LTC, you can legally carry a handgun to shooting activities, such as skeet shooting or target practice, which can help you stay safe and have fun.

You can get started taking the course to get your Texas Handgun License on our website at TexasCarryCourse.com

Where can I find more information about Texas handgun licenses?

If you're looking for more information about Texas handgun licenses, you've come to the right place! The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the state agency responsible for issuing handgun licenses in Texas. You can find all the information you need on the DPS website, including eligibility requirements, application forms, and fees. Additionally, the DPS provides an online guide to help you understand the process of obtaining a license. Finally, you can contact the DPS directly with any questions or concerns you may have. Or always feel free to reach out at our Toll-Free number at the top of the website and we will be happy to walk you through the process of getting your handgun license over the phone.

Once I get my Texas handgun license, can it be used as a valid form of ID?

No, the Texas LTC cannot be used as a valid form of ID for government affairs. The Texas LTC is a license to carry a handgun, not an ID card. However, you may be able to use your Texas LTC as proof of identity when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. Additionally, some businesses may accept the Texas LTC as a valid form of ID. It is important to check with the business in advance to determine if they will accept the Texas LTC as a valid form of ID.

Does having a Texas handgun license have benefits when purchasing a firearm?

Yes, having a Texas LTC can provide some benefits when purchasing a firearm. For example, some businesses may offer discounts to customers who have a valid Texas LTC. Additionally, some businesses may waive the background check requirement for customers who have a valid Texas LTC. Finally, having a valid Texas LTC may help to expedite the purchase process, as the business may not need to run a background check on the customer. It is important to check with the business in advance to determine if they offer any discounts or waive the background check requirement for customers with a valid Texas LTC.

You can get started taking the course to get your Texas Handgun License on our website at TexasCarryCourse.com

How long does it take to get your Texas handgun license after you apply?

The processing time for a Texas LTC application can vary depending on the workload of the DPS. Generally, it takes no more than 60 days from the date of application for the DPS to process your application and issue your license. However, the processing time can be affected by incomplete or incorrect information on the application, so it is important to make sure that all information is correct and complete before submitting the application.

Conclusion

In conclusion, obtaining a Texas handgun license is a simple process that can provide many benefits. The application process can be completed online or in person and the processing time is usually no more than 60 days. Additionally, having a valid Texas LTC can provide some benefits when purchasing a firearm, such as discounts or waiving the background check requirement. Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact the DPS directly or call our Toll-Free number for assistance.

You can get started taking the course to get your Texas Handgun License on our website at TexasCarryCourse.com

Written by David Harrison

About the Author

David Harrison is an avid firearms enthusiast who has been in and around the industry since he was young. He has worked for multiple firearms companies and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Texas Carry Course Team. During his time off you can find him at the firing range, or at the local baseball field coaching little league.

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