Understanding Texas CHL Eligibility Criteria

Carrying a concealed handgun license (CHL) in the state of Texas is a right granted to eligible individuals who meet specific requirements set forth by the state. To legally carry a concealed weapon, you must obtain a CHL from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

But, what makes an individual eligible for a Texas CHL? In this article, we'll delve into the eligibility criteria for obtaining a CHL in Texas and what you need to know to meet these requirements.

Age Requirements

To be eligible for a CHL in Texas, you must be at least 18 years of age.

Residency Requirements

To be eligible for a CHL in Texas, you must be a resident of the state. This means that you must have lived in Texas for at least six months and have a valid Texas driver's license or identification card.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check is an important part of the CHL application process in Texas. The DPS will conduct a thorough check of your criminal history to ensure that you are eligible for a CHL. To be eligible, you must not have a criminal record that includes:

  • Felony convictions
  • Class A or B misdemeanor convictions within the past five years
  • A history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • A history of mental illness

Training Requirements

To be eligible for a CHL in Texas, you must complete a state-approved CHL training course. This course will provide you with the necessary training and education to safely carry a concealed weapon. The training must include:

  • Firearm safety
  • Use of force laws
  • Non-violent dispute resolution
  • Handgun proficiency

The Application Process

Once you have met the eligibility criteria, you can apply for a CHL in Texas by submitting a complete and accurate application to the DPS. The application must include:

  • A completed CHL application form
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of training
  • A passport-style photo
  • The appropriate fee


In conclusion, to be eligible for a CHL in Texas, you must meet specific age, residency, criminal background, and training requirements. By understanding these requirements and following the application process, you can legally carry a concealed weapon in Texas.

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