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Program News

January 2016

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

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 CHL-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.   

Previous News & Updates

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 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

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.