Under State law, DPS must conduct a fingerprint based state and FBI Criminal History background check as part of the application process for both original and renewal applicants.
All Original CHL applicants are required to submit fingerprints to DPS as part of the complete CHL application. CHL applicants must submit fingerprints electronically, unless the applicant qualifies for an alternative fingerprint process under House Bill 698 (83rd Legislature), regardless of whether the applicant submits a paper application or an online application.
CHL applicants must have done one of the following to schedule an appointment:
Unscheduled walk-in service is not available. To schedule an appointment at a time and location convenient to you, use one of the following methods:
Alternate fingerprint information & instructions
HB 698 (83rd Legislature) provides for an alternative fingerprint process provided the applicant MUST meet both of the following requirements:
Applicants who qualify for the alternate fingerprint process must first submit a CHL application. After the application has been submitted, please contact RSD by phone at 512.424.7293 or by email to request a fingerprint packet. The fingerprint packet along with detailed instructions will only be mailed to applicants who meet the criteria for the alternate fingerprint process.
Note: Rolled ink fingerprints may only be processed at a law enforcement agency by an employee of that agency. A law enforcement agency may charge a fee not to exceed $10 for the service per Human Resource Code 80.001. Processing ink-rolled fingerprints does require additional review and handling.
For security purposes and processing efficiency, DPS is now utilizing the Texas Driver License or ID card photo on file for CHLs. The CHL-6 (Photo Holder) is only required to be submitted by applicants who hold an out-of-state Driver License or ID Card.
CHL renewal applicants are not required to submit fingerprints or photos. RSD will utilize the existing photo and will resubmit the fingerprints on file.