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Concealed Handgun Licensing

DPS administers the Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) Program under the authority of the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. DPS licenses individuals to carry concealed handguns within Texas, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility. DPS also trains and certifies instructors who teach the required course to applicants.

All Original CHL applicants are required to submit fingerprints to DPS as part of the complete CHL application. Please see CHL Fingerprint and Photo Information.

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