Formerly known as a CHL, concealed handgun license, it’s easier than ever to obtain your LTC, license to carry, in the beautiful state of Texas.
In fact, from the comfort of your own home, you can now take the official Texas LTC class completely online. We want to touch on everything you need to know for how to take handgun training at home, so let’s dive in!
What is Texas LTC Online?
In 2017, the language for getting a handgun license in the great state of Texas changed. From a CHL to an LTC, you can now take a 4- to 6-hour course online, meet all the requirements involved, and then easily get your LTC.
The Texas LTC online is a convenient, streamlined way to obtain your legal license to carry a firearm. Whether you opt to conceal or open carry, the training teaches you how to safely and confidently succeed with all of it.
A Look Inside Our Texas Handgun LTC Class
Not every carry class is going to be the same, though. Look at what our online training is like to give you an idea. We had just a few major focuses when building the course:
- Make the training mobile-friendly so you can take our class with you anywhere
- Create educational videos that are engaging and downright enjoyable to watch
- Make it pausable and auto-savable so you can succeed on your schedule, and
- Craft lessons that make it easy for users to actually retain what they learn!
What are the Requirements to Carry in Texas?
As you can see, we give you everything you need to get your Texas LTC online with ease. Getting this certification means you can now legally conceal or open carry. You do have to meet all the qualifications to either open carry or conceal carry, as the rules for each are still different, but the LTC either has been combined into one. The Texas LTC online is good for five years.
Per the present gun laws, to legally carry you must:
- Complete the classroom training (either online or locally) and pass a live-fire shooting exam with a certified, local instructor
- Pass a background check, ruling out any applicants that may have a disqualifying criminal history
- Be at least 21 years of age to take the live-fire portion of the test (the training beforehand can be done at 20 years of age through certain exceptions)
- Possess and maintain a clean criminal and psychological record
This is, of course, to even be able to legally obtain an LTC. There are also further rules for where a person may carry. Even in Texas, there are areas that will forever be considered gun-free zones.
Schools, courtrooms, airports, polling places, and even banks are some of these gun-free zones, and it’s a third-degree felony to carry any type of gun into these locations.
Businesses can opt to ban guns on their premises as well, as they’re typically considered private property. However, businesses that do ban firearms must post signs - in both English and Spanish - indicating that their business is a gun-free zone in order for a ban to legally be put into place.
While there are exceptions, like police officers or other emergency personnel on duty, but exceptions to these restrictions are few and far between.
Likewise, when carrying to or from a residential unit that you own, rent, or are a guest at, you legally can carry a handgun.
More About Our Online Texas License to Carry Course
Let’s do a brief summary of what we’ve learned today. Open carry is legal with an LTC, and we mentioned the requirements involved to qualify for that license. It is important to note, however, that Texas is a “Shall Issue” state, still, so any person can own a firearm if they’re at least 18 years of age or older.
Our gun laws don’t regulate the possession of firearms, so, technically, anyone that’s not a felon can possess a gun. This helps explain why we see kids practicing shooting or hunting before they turn 18, as it’s to the parent’s discretion for when they see it as appropriate.
Still have questions? That’s okay, we still have answers! Keep reading below to take a peek at our most frequently asked questions.
Interested in Getting Your Texas LTC Online?
Texas Carry Course is the official way to take your Texas LTC online course. From the comfort of your computer, smartphone, or another mobile device, allow our Texas Department of Public Safety Approved training to get you knowledgeable in everything you need to know.
We’re proudly listed on the TX DPS website, certified under TX GC 411.188 & 411.190 to legally administer an online LTC training. Get started today so you can open or conceal carry your firearm and feel more confident about your safety!
We’re not through yet! You learned about getting your LTC, but you may still have more questions. Take a look at our most commonly asked questions below, or be sure to reach out if we still didn’t answer the question you have. We’re happy to assist you at any time!
How long does it take to get an LTC online in Texas in 2021?
Our class is only 4 hours long, so you can complete your LTC-101 in less than a day if you want to. Then, it just takes scheduling a live-fire exam with a local instructor and applying. Once you ace the live-fire exam and apply for the license, the Department of Public Safety will make every effort to mail out your LTC within 60 days of receiving the completed application.
How much does it cost to get an LTC online in Texas?
Our online Texas License to Carry Course is only $45, but the cost does vary depending on the platform you choose to take. There are some more expensive but still provide the same amount of information. Sign up today through us to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to obtaining your LTC!