The Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers the Handgun Licensing Program under the authority of the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. DPS licenses individuals to carry handguns within Texas, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks, and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility. DPS also trains and certifies License To Carry (LTC) instructors who teach the required course to applicants.
All Original LTC applicants are required to submit fingerprints to DPS as part of the complete application. Please see LTC Fingerprint and Photo Information.
- TX Online License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) (Use this link to electronically apply for and renew your license, change your address, or report your lost/stolen license.)
- Fee table (PDF)