DPS will begin issuing newly-designed Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs). The CHL will no longer display the weapon category, such as Semi-Automatic (SA) and Non-Semi-Automatic (NSA). This change was mandated by the 83rd Texas Legislature in House Bill 3142.
For security purposes and processing efficiency, DPS is now utilizing the Texas Driver License or ID Card photo on file for Concealed Handgun Licenses. The CHL-6 (Photo Holder) is only required to be submitted by applicants who hold an out of state Driver License or Identification Card. A revised CHL-6 is now available in downloadable forms.
Texas Administrative Rules relating to Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) was amended and became effective on Jan. 9, 2011. Following is a brief summary of the rule changes:
See Administrative Code to view the affected rules.
CHL-16 (law books) are available for download and/or purchase. (See Downloadable Forms) OR (See General Services GS-5A Order Form to purchase)
Instructor Newsletter (PDF)
This newsletter covers: Applicants options, CHL lawbook, Fingerprinting, Instructor Opt-in information
TXDPS no longer requires signatures on the back of photos by either the applicant or the fingerprint technician. Photos will not be rejected for lack of signature.
Photo Requirements for Military Personnel; ages 18-20
Profile photos are no longer required. Military Personnel who are 18-20 years of age can now submit 2 photos of a clear frontal image.
Fingerprints & Photos Requirement Change for Renewal Applicants
As of May 1, 2010, CHL renewal applicants will no longer be required to submit fingerprints or photos as part of their renewal application. CHL can now resubmit good quality fingerprints and reuse previously submitted photos.
*note: TXDPS reserves the right to request replacement passport photos or quality fingerprints for renewing applicants, in the event that the previously submitted photos or fingerprints on file do not meet current quality requirements and/or guidelines.