Overview

September 9, 2020

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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.

House Bill 1927 (Permitless Carry) does not repeal the License to Carry Program (LTC), 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.

Learn about the benefits of obtaining an LTC on the LTC Benefits page.

Instructor Renewal 2021

Instructors with a certificate expiring on December 31, 2021, who choose to renew must submit a renewal application. Apply online: https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/ltc

The Instructor Renewal period will be offered between July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

Individuals who have submitted a renewal application will receive an invitation email with specific instructions for scheduling a renewal training class date.

Online renewal training will not be offered this year. Renewal training will be in person in Austin, Texas.