Program News

September 10, 2020


Texas License To Carry Handgun Cards Now Being Issued With a 2D Barcode

June 1, 2023

The Texas License To Carry Handgun (LTC) card will now be issued with a newly featured 2D barcode on the reverse side of the card.  

The PDF417 barcode contains the cardholder information printed on the front of the card, and is readable by a standard barcode scanner.  

Previously issued LTC cards will still be valid until the expiration date listed on the card.  When you renew or apply for a new license, you will receive a card with the 2D barcode.

Below is an example of the LTC card with the 2D barcode:

Reverse side of handgun license displaying 2D barcode


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)

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