LTC Benefits

July 30, 2021

Benefits of a Texas Handgun License

House Bill 1927 (Permitless Carry) does not repeal the License to Carry a Handgun Program, established by Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H.

The department is still required to process applications, conduct background checks, and produce a laminated license for those who qualify.

(House Bill 1927 is effective September 1, 2021.)



Handgun License

Carry on a Premises

  • Airport: License holders have protections related to the accidental carrying of a firearm in the secured area.
  • Business: Businesses may choose to allow licensed carry on their premises.
  • Government Meetings: License holders can carry in a meeting.
  • University Campuses: License still required to carry on university campuses; “Campus Carry” is unchanged. 


  • $40.00: Valid for five years ($8.00 per year).


Handgun Purchasing


  • License can be used as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.


ID Designation

  • Instructor: ID can be used for proof of certification as a Texas Handgun License instructor.
  • Judge/Prosecutor: ID can be used for identification purposes.
  • Veteran: ID can be used to obtain discounts at local establishments offering discounts to veterans.


Personal Identification

  • Personal Identification: The license must be accepted by most businesses as a valid form of personal identification.
  • Voter ID: The license is a designated document for voter ID.


State Reciprocity

  • Texas Handgun License holders can carry firearms in states where Texas has a reciprocity agreement or state law recognizes the Texas Handgun license.
  • A list of states with reciprocal agreements/state law recognition with Texas can be found at the following link: State Reciprocity Information.


  • Required to apply for a Handgun License.
  • Conducted by a licensed Texas Handgun Instructor.