Program News

September 10, 2020

First Responder Instructor Certification Course

May 6, 2022

As a result of House Bill 1069, which became effective on September 1, 2021, the Department has established the First Responder Instructor Certification Course for certified LTC Instructors to provide First Responders (who hold an LTC and desire to carry a handgun on duty) classroom instruction as well as field instruction and proficiency demonstrations. 

If you are an LTC instructor certified by Texas DPS and interested in attending the First Responder Certification Instructor Course, go to

Program Update: Amended Administrative Rules

March 3, 2022

Texas Administrative Rules relating to License to Carry (LTC) were amended and became effective on March 3, 2022. Following is a brief summary of the rule changes:

  • RULE §6.2      Approved First Responder Handgun Storage Devices.
  • RULE §6.14    Proficiency Requirements
  • RULE §6.18    First Responder Certification; Renewal of Certification
  • RULE §6.95    Application for First Responder Instructor Certification
  • RULE §6.96    First Responder Certification Courses

See Administrative Code to view the affected rules.
LTC-16 (law books) are available for download. 
(See Downloadable Forms)

Previous News & Updates

March 19, 2020

Due to measures related to the Coronavirus, it may be difficult to schedule a fingerprint appointment at some Identogo locations. Please visit or call Identogo at 888-467-2080 for the latest information.

February 2020

Newly Redesigned LTC License Card Debuts February 24, 2020

The License To Carry Handgun (LTC) card has a new look and new features, including laser engraving and a durable, tamper-resistant polycarbonate material.

The card includes laser engraving of all personal data including the black and white primary and duplicate secondary photo. The license number, name and expiration date have a raised effect you can feel as you rub your finger across the card.

Previously issued LTC cards are still valid until the expiration date listed on the card. When you renew or apply for a new license, you will receive the newly redesigned card.

Below is an example of the new LTC:

New LTC License Card

View more details on the newly redesigned card.

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 Contact Us 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.

  • This bill reduces the standard original license to carry an application fee from $140 to $40.
  • This bill sets the standard renewal license to carry application fee at $40.
  • This bill sets the Senior Citizen and the Indigent license to carry application fee at $40. In addition, this bill set the Senior Citizen and the Indigent renewal license to carry fee to $35.
  • This bill waives license to carry application fees for an Active Texas Peace Officer and Texas Military Forces. The application and renewal fees are reduced from $25 to $0.

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 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.
LTC-16 (law books) are available for download. (See Downloadable Forms)

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.