Effective March 1, 2011, the Department will ONLY accept electronic fingerprint submissions. At this time, the State approved vendor is MorphoTrust USA (formerly L-1 Identity Solutions). See Fingerprint and Photo Information page for additional information and instructions.
Texas Administrative Rules relating to Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) was amended and became effective on January 9, 2011. Following is a brief summary of the rule changes:
Click here to view the affected rules. (See Administrative Code)
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.