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October 2017

Statement Regarding Processing of LTC Applications
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is, by statute, provided up to 60 days to issue an original License to Carry a Handgun (LTC), and 45 days to issue a renewal license.  These time periods are calculated from the time a fully completed application and supporting documents are received.

In order to be complete, an original LTC application must include:

  1. a completed application form
  2. electronic fingerprints
  3. Certificate of Training
  4. any required supporting documentation

Renewal applications must include a completed application form along with any necessary supporting documents.

The Regulatory Services Division (RSD) Contact Center offers extended hours to better serve its customers.  Representatives are available to assist you from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Please call (512) 424-7293 for assistance.

Faster and Easier – upload your documents for processing of your License To Carry. Click on https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/contact/ltc.aspx and follow the instructions to submit documents.

Documents may also be submitted by mail to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Handgun Licensing Program, MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0245

September 2017

SB Bill 16 will go into effect on September 1, 2017.
As a result of Senate Bill 16, the fee for issuance of an original or renewal license to carry a handgun has been decreased.

January 2016

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

Previous News & Updates

December 2015

As a result of House Bill 910, which becomes effective on January 1, 2016, the Department has begun issuing a modified design of the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) now referred to as a License To Carry Handgun (LTC). The new design contains all of the same security features as those utilized on existing CHLs.  For examples of licenses currently in circulation, see:  LTC sample.  Should you wish to receive the new-designed license, you may request a replacement license by submitting the LTC-70, located in downloadable forms. 

Information regarding training requirements is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found on the department’s website at: FAQs

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).

May 2014

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.

June 18, 2013

Passport-style Photos
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 LTC-6 (Photo Holder) is only required to be submitted by applicants who hold an out of state Driver License or Identification Card.  A revised LTC-6 is now available in downloadable forms

February 2011

Program Update
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:

  • Effective March 1, 2011, DPS will require applicants to submit electronic fingerprints with original applications.
  • DPS will attempt to utilize existing prints on file for renewal applications. However, if the prints on file do not meet current quality standards, new fingerprints must be submitted electronically.
  • Applicant photos will not be accepted if the applicant is wearing eye glasses.

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)

October, 2010

Instructor Newsletter (PDF)
This newsletter covers: Applicants options, CHL lawbook, Fingerprinting, Instructor Opt-in information

October, 2010

Photo requirements/Signatures

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.

July, 2010

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.

April, 2010

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.