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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Application Questions

    1. 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.


    2. 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.

For detailed information regarding training requirements and to locate a certified LTC instructor, see Training Requirements.


    3. 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.


    4. 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.


    5. 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.


    6. 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.


    7. How do I make a contribution to the Texas Veterans' Assistance fund?

A contribution may be made, in the dollar amount of your choice, on an original or renewal application for a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). A portion of the total application fee will reflect the amount you specify. Contributing to the fund is voluntary. For more information about the program please visit: Veterans' Assistance Fund.


    8. What type of information do I need to supply, if I am applying under a special condition.

When applying under a special condition, you must submit supporting documents to qualify for the discount. To determine if you meet the criteria for a discount, refer to the fee schedule. Police officers, prosecutors and judges may obtain additional information regarding the application process on our website at Law Enforcement/Judicial Personnel.


    9. 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.


    10. What if my fingerprints are rejected?

If it is determined the fingerprints submitted with the application do not meet the required quality standards, new fingerprints must be provided. You will be notified in writing if your initial sets of fingerprints are rejected.


    11. Do I have to be a resident of Texas to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

No. Per Texas Government Code §411.173, legal residents of another state or persons who relocate to Texas with the intent to establish residency may obtain an LTC. Those individuals must submit an application, pay the required fees, successfully complete the required training in Texas and submit all supporting documents. They also must submit form CHL-6, two passport style photos and a copy of their out of state driver license or state issued identification card. Note, however, that all LTC applicants must be legal residents of Texas or another state.


    12. 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.


    13. If I am 20 years old, can I take the proficiency class now and still get a license when I turn 21?

Yes, however because you must attest to being 21, your application may not be submitted prior to your 21st birthday.


    14. How do I change the address on my Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

You may submit a request to change the address on your LTC online at http://www.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/chl/

Students attending school out-of-state may leave their permanent address on their LTC. The address change will be required once the student has established a different permanent address.

NOTE: Changing the address on your Texas Driver License or ID Card will not automatically change the address on your LTC. You must submit a separate request at http://www.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/chl/.


    15. How do I replace a lost Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

You may submit a request to replace a lost or stolen license online at: http://www.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/chl/

NOTE: When DPS replaces a lost/stolen license, the license number will be changed for security reasons.


    16. When does the law allowing a licensee to openly carry a handgun go into effect?

House Bill 910 becomes effective January 1, 2016.


    17. Can I use my CHL to carry openly when HB 910 becomes effective?

Yes. Individuals who hold a valid CHL may continue to carry with a valid existing license. A separate or new license will not be required to carry openly when HB 910 becomes effective.  

Reminder: HB 910 related to open carry becomes effective January 1, 2016. Issuance of the LTC prior to the effective date does not provide authority for license holders to carry openly before the effective date of the new law.


    18. If I currently have a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL), will DPS issue me a new License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) when HB 910 (open carry) becomes effective?

No. Individuals who hold a valid CHL may continue to carry with a valid existing license. A separate or new license will not be required to carry openly when HB 910 becomes effective.

Reminder: HB 910 related to open carry becomes effective January 1, 2016. Issuance of the LTC prior to the effective date does not provide authority for license holders to carry openly before the effective date of the new law.


    19. Will DPS replace my CHL with a new Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

No. Should you wish to receive the newly designed license, a replacement license may be obtained by submitting duplicate/change of address form. This form can be found under downloadable forms at: CHL-70. Applicable replacement fees will apply, when required. The title caption at the top of the newly design card will read “License to Carry Handgun.”

Reminder: HB 910 related to open carry becomes effective January 1, 2016. Issuance of the LTC prior to the effective date does not provide authority for license holders to carry openly before the effective date of the new law.


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Eligibility Questions

    20. If I was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), am I eligible for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

DWI is classified as at least a Class B misdemeanor, and you are ineligible for a license for five years after a conviction for a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. For the purpose of determining eligibility, a conviction includes those that were dismissed after you completed probation or deferred adjudication.


    21. If I received deferred adjudication for an offense, am I eligible for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H states that deferred adjudication will be considered the same as a conviction. Depending on the type of offense and the date of the order of deferred adjudication, you may not be eligible for a LTC. See GC §411.171 and §411.1711


    22. If I was arrested for a crime but the charges were dismissed, am I eligible for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

If charges were dismissed without prosecution, then they are not disqualifying. A deferred adjudication is not a dismissal without prosecution and is considered a conviction for purposes of the LTC.


    23. If I am delinquent in paying child support, am I eligible for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H states an application for a LTC may be denied if the applicant has been finally determined to be delinquent in child support obligations.


    24. Am I required to list all arrests on my application, even if the cases were dismissed or if I was found not guilty?

Yes. Applicants are required to report all arrests in order to ensure the background checks can be conducted timely. The application should include the year, the offense, the location and the final disposition. Copies of the dispositions will assist in the timely processing of your application. Applicants should also include information on cases that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication. Failure to provide any requested documentation could result in the termination of an application as incomplete.


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Training Requirements

    25. What type of class or training is required in order to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

An original (first-time) LTC applicant must complete classroom training, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). All classroom and proficiency must be conducted by an LTC instructor certified by DPS. The classroom instruction may be a four to six hour course and must cover the four (4) statutory required topics:

  • Laws that relate to weapons and the use of deadly force
  • Handgun use and safety, including use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns
  • Non-violent dispute resolution
  • Proper storage practices for handguns with an emphasis on storage practices that eliminate the possibility of accidental injury to a child

Training material related to the safe storage of handguns may be found on Safe Storage.pdf

See LTC Qualification Course Requirements (pdf) for the proficiency demonstration (shooting) requirements.

To locate a DPS-certified LTC instructor, see Instructor List.


    26. Is there a requirement to take a continuing education course before I can renew my Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

Per HB 48 (83rd Legislature), continuing education is no longer required for LTC renewal. License holders will simply apply online and submit the supporting documents for discounted fees or special conditions.

NOTE: It is the license holder’s responsibility to remain informed and knowledgeable of new laws. For additional information related to new legislation, see Legislative Updates.


    27. I currently hold a valid Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) and understand new applicants will be provided training on the use of restraint holsters. Will DPS make the new training information available to current licensees?

Yes. Training material related to the use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns may be found on our website at Use of Restraint Holsters (pdf).


    28. How much do training classes cost?

DPS does not regulate the cost charged by certified LTC instructors.


    29. Will I need to have a gun before I begin my training class?

Some instructors may require you to use your own gun during the proficiency (shooting) demonstration. However, others may provide the gun and/or ammunition. You will need to consult with a certified instructor to determine if you will need a handgun for the course.

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Reciprocity Questions

    30. I have a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). Does this allow me to carry my handgun in another state?

If there is a reciprocity agreement with Texas, then you may be eligible to carry a handgun in the other state. A reciprocal agreement does not automatically authorize a Texas license holder to carry in another state. It is important to review the agreement for specific details or limitations. Reciprocal agreements and unilateral proclamations can be found on our website at: Reciprocity map.


    31. If I have a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) and I am traveling to another state with a reciprocal agreement, what are my responsibilities?

If you are in a state that has reciprocity with Texas, you must follow that state’s laws for carrying a handgun. The same responsibility applies to anyone from another state when traveling in Texas; they must follow Texas laws for carrying a handgun. Most states will have a website for their carry licenses or permits that specify their laws. Alternatively, you may contact the other state and ask what their laws are for carrying a handgun while in that state.

Reciprocal agreements and unilateral proclamations can be found on our website at: Reciprocity map.

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Laws that relate to carrying a handgun

    32. I have applied for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). When can I begin carrying my handgun?

You can begin carrying your handgun upon receipt of the physical license. As a reminder, HB 910 related to open carry becomes effective January 1, 2016. Issuance of the LTC prior to the effective date does not provide authority for license holders to carry openly before the effective date of the new law.


    33. My Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) has expired, and my renewal application is in process. Can I carry a handgun while I am waiting to receive my new license?

No. There is no grace period or extension for an expired LTC, even if your renewal application has been submitted. You must wait until you receive the LTC before you are allowed to carry a handgun.


    34. Can I carry my handgun in plain view with my Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

Prior to January 1, 2016, Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 prohibits carrying the handgun in plain view. The handgun cannot be openly discernible to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person. License holders may be subject to criminal charges for carrying a handgun in plain view.

Effective January 1, 2016, Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 will be amended to prohibit carrying the handgun in plain view unless the person is licensed to carry a handgun under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Texas Government Code, and the handgun is carried in a shoulder or belt holster.

License holders may still choose to carry a concealed handgun in any location that is not expressly prohibited by law in locations permitted by law.

NOTE: License holders are reminded that carrying of a handgun in certain places is still prohibited under Penal Code Chapter 46. Additionally, handguns may not be carried openly on the campus of an institution of higher education pursuant to Government Code, Section 411.2031, added by SB 11 (84th Legislature), and Penal Code, Section 46.035, as amended by HB 910 (84th Legislature).


    35. Does the new Texas law require a specific type of shoulder or belt holster?

No. HB 910, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, allows license holders to openly carry a handgun in a shoulder or belt holster. The law does not specify any particular type of shoulder or belt holster.

Training material related to the use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns may be found on Use of Restraint Holsters (pdf).


    36. I currently hold a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). Where am I not permitted to carry my handgun?

A license holder may carry a handgun anywhere in Texas that is not expressly prohibited by law. Those prohibitions appear in several provisions of the Texas Penal Code.

For example, §46.035, Texas Penal Code prohibits carrying of handguns and other weapons:

  • On the premises of a business that derives 51% or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption; such premises are required to post notices under Texas GC §411.204
  • On the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting or interscholastic event is taking place
  • On the premises of a correctional facility
  • On the premises of a hospital or nursing home if effective notice of prohibition is given per Penal Code Chapter 30 (unless the licensee has written authorization); such premises also are required to post notices under Texas GC §411.204
  • In an amusement park (if effective notice of prohibition is given per Penal Code Chapter 30)
  • On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other place of worship (if effective notice of prohibition is given per Penal Code Chapter 30)
  • At any meeting of a governmental entity (if the meeting is subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act per Government Code Chapter 551, and effective notice of prohibition is given per Penal Code Chapter 30)

In addition, §46.03, Texas Penal Code specifically prohibits handguns in the following locations:

  • On the physical premises of a school, grounds or buildings on which an activity sponsored by a school is being conducted, or in a school transportation vehicle;
  • On the premises of a polling place on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress;
  • On the premises of any government court or court offices (unless the licensee has written authorization from the court);
  • On the premises of a racetrack;
  • In or into a secured area of an airport; or
  • Within 1,000 feet of premises designated as a place of execution on the day a sentence of death is set to be imposed.

With respect to possession in motor vehicles or watercraft, Penal Code Section 46.02 provides that a person may possess a handgun in his or her motor vehicle or watercraft so long as the handgun is concealed and the person is not:

  • Engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic or boating;
  • Prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or
  • A member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Penal Code Section 71.01.

The requirement that the weapon be concealed does not apply to a person licensed under the License to Carry a Handgun statute who is carrying the handgun in a shoulder or belt holster.

Be advised that Sections 46.02, 46.03 and 46.035 provide numerous exceptions and defenses to prosecution that may apply and should be carefully reviewed.


    37. I currently hold a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). Does the law prohibit carrying a handgun on public transportation?

No. Texas law does not specifically address any prohibitions against a license holder from carrying a handgun on public transportation.


    38. Does the law prohibit the licensed carrying of a handgun in a public park?

No. Texas law does not specifically address any prohibitions against a license holder from carrying a handgun in public park.

License holders should note that some public parks are federal property and are subject to federal laws. To determine if a park is a federal property, see Army Corp of Engineers.


    39. What are the laws for licensed carrying of a handgun on a Native American Indian Reservation?

State law does not apply to an Indian Reservation absent a Congressional authorization abrogating tribal immunity.


    40. Do private property owners have the right to exclude license holders from their property?

Yes. Private property owners may exclude license holders from carrying concealed handguns on their property by giving the license holder effective notice as provided in Section 30.06, Texas Penal Code.

Effective 1/1/2016, private property owners may exclude license holders from carrying openly on their property by giving the license holder effective notice as provided by Section 30.07, Texas Penal Code.

For the purpose of these two statutory sections, the owner of the property or someone with apparent authority to act for the owner may provide effective notice.


    41. What are the new requirements for a sign posted under §30.06 or §30.07, Texas Penal Code?

Effective 1/1/2016, a sign posted under §30.06, Texas Penal Code, must do the following:

  • Include the following text in English and in Spanish:
  • Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun”
  • Appear in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height; and
  • Be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.
  • Include the following text in English and in Spanish: “Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.”
  • Appear in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height; and
  • Be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public at each entrance to the property.

DPS does not furnish or sell these signs. Private property owners may print the signs or purchase the signs from a commercial printing company.


    42. Section 30.06 and 30.07, Texas Penal Code, say that a private property owner can give notice using a “a card or other document.” Does that mean I can exclude LTC holders by posting a business card or other small document with the text required by Sections 30.06 or 30.07?

No. Sections 30.06 and 30.07, Texas Penal Code, give private property owners some options in how to convey notice to LTC holders. But if the private property owner chooses to post a notice, it must comply with the 1-inch block-letter, contrasting color, and other requirements specified in Sections 30.06 and 30.07.


    43. What are the penalties against a license holder for violating §30.06 or §30.07, Texas Penal Code?

Until January 1, 2016, it is a Class A misdemeanor for a license holder to carry a concealed handgun onto private property after receiving effective notice under §30.06, Texas Penal Code.

Effective January 1, 2016, it is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $200 for a license holder to carry a concealed handgun onto private property after receiving effective notice under §30.06, Texas Penal Code, or to openly carry a handgun onto private property after receiving effective notice under §30.07, Texas Penal Code. Note, after January 1, 2016, the offense will be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor if it is shown at trial that, after entering the property, the license holder was personally given the notice by oral communication described by Subsection (b) (of §30.06 or §30.07)and subsequently failed to depart.


    44. Does a state agency or political subdivision (e.g., a county or city) have the right to exclude license holders from carrying concealed handguns on state, county, or city property?

No. Per Senate Bill 273 (84th Legislature), state agencies and political subdivisions cannot use §30.06, Texas Penal Code, to exclude concealed handguns from their government property. In fact, if a state agency or political subdivision unlawfully posts a sign under §30.06, the state agency or political subdivision can be fined $1,000-$1,500 for the first offense and $10,000-$10,500 for each subsequent offense.

Note, however, that license holders are still prohibited from carrying their handguns on the premises listed in §46.03 and §46.035 of the Texas Penal Code, and those places include some properties owned by state agencies and political subdivisions (e.g., courts).


    45. What does Texas law state regarding carrying a handgun while intoxicated?

§46.035, Texas Penal Code states that it is unlawful for an individual who is intoxicated to carry a handgun. It is important to note that the Penal Code defines “intoxicated” as not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance in the body; or having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.


    46. What is the criminal sanction or civil liability for handgun license holders if the person has an accidental discharge of the handgun?

A person may be subject to criminal sanctions and/or civil liability depending on the circumstances. License holders should be aware of the potential criminal sanction under Texas Penal Code §42.01 related to disorderly conduct. Licensees should also know that municipalities may adopt an ordinance related to discharge of firearms within city limits per Local Government Code Chapter 229.


    47. If licensed, can I carry more than one handgun?

Texas law does not address the number of handguns a license holder may carry.


    48. If licensed, can I carry concealed or openly on the premises of a college campus?

Currently, Texas law prohibits the carrying of handguns on the premises of a college campus.

SB 11 related to carrying of handguns on certain campuses of higher education institutions including private and independent institutions becomes effective on August 1, 2016. The act becomes effective for a public junior college on August 1, 2017. Open carrying of handguns on a college campus will continue to be prohibited.

For more information related to SB 11, visit our website at: Legislative Updates


    49. Are businesses required to accept my Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) as a form of identification?

Generally, yes. HB 2739, passed by the 84th Legislature amends the Texas Business and Commerce Code to require that most businesses accept a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) as a valid form of personal identification for access to goods, services or facilities. However, vehicle rental services still require a driver license.

For more information related to SB 11, visit our website at: Legislative Updates


    50. Can others find out if I am licensed to carry a handgun?

Information on individuals who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun is confidential and not subject to requests under the Public Information Act. However, DPS may release information about a concealed handgun licensee to criminal justice agencies for law enforcement purposes.

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Administrative Enforcement Actions

    51. I received a letter from DPS telling me my LTC is being suspended based on a pending Class B Misdemeanor. I have not been to court yet, so why is my license being suspended?

Texas Government Code §411.187 requires DPS to suspend a license, if the license holder is charged with a Class A, or Class B misdemeanor offense.


    52. My Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) was suspended due to a pending charge; does this mean I am never eligible again?

It depends on the type of charge and whether you are subsequently convicted or placed on probation. If you are acquitted of the pending charge, your license will be reinstated if it did not expire during the time of the suspension.


    53. I was convicted of the charge that caused the suspension of my Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). What will happen to my license now?

The license is now subject to revocation. DPS, upon notification of the conviction, will send a new letter informing you of the revocation based upon a disqualifying conviction.


    54. My license has been revoked because of a Class B misdemeanor conviction for DWI. When can I reapply?

Texas Government Code §411.171(a)(8) states a person is not eligible for a LTC, for a Class A or Class B conviction within five (5) years before the date of application. Once you meet the eligibility requirements, you will not be eligible to reapply for two (2) years following the end of the cause for revocation. See Texas Government Code §411.186.


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Instructor Questions

    55. What are the requirements for becoming a certified Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) instructor?

Texas Government Code, §411.172 and §411.190 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. This includes proof you are certified to instruct others in the use of handguns (firearm instructor) as listed below::

  • Certified by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as a firearm instructor.
    • Supporting documentation includes a copy of your TCOLE firearm instructor certificate. (Must be a firearm instructor, basic instructor is not sufficient.)
  • Certified under the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702, as a firearm instructor.
    • Supporting documentation includes a copy of the Private Security instructor registration.
  • Certified by NRA as a firearm instructor.
    • Supporting documentation includes a copy of certificate of training and a copy of your unexpired NRA credentials. (Must be certified to instructor handgun/pistol).
  • Proof of graduation from a handgun instructor school that uses a nationally accepted course designed to train persons as handgun instructors. (Applicants under this section must regularly instruct others in the use of handguns.)

Instructor applicants must also submit a completed application, pay the required fees, complete all required training and submit required supplemental forms and materials.


    56. How do I apply to become a certified Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) instructor?

Applicants should submit an online application, and schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. Applicants must also complete the DPS class held for instructor applicants which includes classroom training, a written examination and a proficiency demonstration (shooting).


    57. I have applied to become a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) instructor. When will I be scheduled to take the required instructor’s class?

Upon receipt of a completed application, DPS will notify you by email as to the date, time and location of the instructor class. Be sure your email on file with DPS is correct.


    58. Is there a specific curriculum instructors must teach students?

Yes. Once certified, LTC instructors are provided a course outline that must be followed. The classroom instruction must be a minimum of four (4) and no more than six (6) hours. The DPS required course of fire for proficiency (shooting) demonstration must be followed and is not included in the four to six hour time period.


    59. Are there any changes in the curriculum due to recent legislation?

Yes. The current curriculum has been updated to reflect recent changes in statute and is available to all certified Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) instructors. The new curriculum is found on our website under the Instructor Resources page and must be taught beginning January 1, 2016.

HB 910, passed by the 84th Legislature, amended Section 411.188 to require instruction on the use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns. While the statute provides for training about restraint holsters, instructors should note that specific restraints or retention levels are not required to legally carry openly. Instructors should place emphasis on student’s being familiar with use of a belt or shoulder holster.

Training material related to the use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns may be found at Use of Restraint Holsters (pdf).


    60. Can a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) instructor teach anywhere in Texas or only in a particular geographic area?

LTC instructors certified by DPS may teach anywhere in Texas. Classes may not be taught outside of Texas.


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Criminal History Record

    61. How do I challenge the criminal history record contained in a Texas Record?

Please visit Criminal History Error Resolution for the procedures to challenge the criminal history record contained in a Texas Record.


    62. How do I challenge the criminal history record contained in an FBI Record?

Please visit Challenge of a Criminal Record for the procedures to challenge the criminal history record contained in an FBI Record.


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