Congratulations on taking the first step in responsibly exercising your Second Amendment rights. Whether you're considering a handgun for personal protection or simply exercising your right to bear arms, obtaining a Texas License to Carry (LTC) is a pivotal step. And here at Carry Texas, we ensure that your journey to licensure is informative, comprehensive, and tailored to your lifestyle with our flexible online and in-person course offerings. If you've ever wondered how to get a concealed carry license in Texas - this is the page for you.


Training, Application, Background Check, Documents, Waiting

Why Choose Carry Texas for Your LTC Training

With Carry Texas, you are not just signing up for an LTC class; you are choosing a partner dedicated to firearm education and safety. Our certified instructors are seasoned experts who deliver the Texas LTC requirements with clarity and a focus on practical knowledge. Whether you opt for our online LTC course or our local Texas LTC class, you will gain invaluable insights into handgun laws, safety, and handling. Our students often note the convenience of our online classes, which can be taken at your own pace and comfort.

Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining Your Texas License to Carry

At Carry Texas, we are deeply invested in your journey toward securing a Texas License to Carry (LTC). We understand that your success in navigating this path reflects directly on us, embodying our core belief that your success is our success. Our commitment is to provide comprehensive guidance, resources, and support, ensuring a smooth and successful process. Together, we strive towards fostering responsible gun ownership and enhancing public safety, making your success in obtaining an LTC our shared goal.

  • What is needed to get a LTC in Texas?
  • How long does it take to get LTC approval in Texas?
  • What disqualifies you from getting a LTC in Texas?
  • Can you take Texas LTC class online?

Let's go through all of that.

Review Eligibility Requirements, Just in Case

The Texas License to Carry (LTC) eligibility criteria have evolved, particularly following a 2022 court ruling. Now, individuals as young as 18 can apply, a significant shift from previous requirements. This change is among several eligibility criteria including residency, a clean criminal record, and financial responsibility, such as being current on child support and taxes. This broad spectrum of requirements underscores the state's commitment to responsible handgun ownership while adapting to legal changes. Take some time to review Texas License to Carry Eligibility, which also links to the law-on-file if you wish to get into excruciating detail.

Step 1: Register for a License to Carry Class

An essential component of your LTC application is completing a certified training course. Instructors can be found all over the state, and you can even take an Online Texas License To Carry Class.

Selecting the Right LTC Class

Look for courses led by experienced instructors who provide both theoretical knowledge and practical firearm handling experience.  Carry Texas instructors have a range of NRA certifications, Texas DPS certifications, and some even have special state firearms instructor licenses.

Check out the Carry Texas Training Calendar, and consider the convenience of our Online Texas License To Carry Class.  

There isn't any eligibility requirement to take an LTC class, and when you've finished - your LTC-100, LTC-101, and (as of May 2024) LTC-104 certificate is valid for 2 years from the issue date.

Don't Forget the LTC Shooting Proficiency Demonstration

When you take an in-person LTC class, it's customary for that class to conclude with a trip to the shooting range to complete your shooting proficiency.  We have that process detailed in our article titled "Passing the Texas LTC Proficiency Test: A Beginner's Guide to B-27 Target Scoring".  For those taking the online class, There are plenty of LTC instructors who meet (for a fee) to administer the shooting proficiency. Use our LTC Instructor Locator to find an LTC instructor near you!  Proficiency demonstrations can be done with Carry Texas or Assegai Survival Systems if you're in North East Texas and don't mind coming to Van Zandt or Smith counties.

Step 2: Submit Your License to Carry Application to Texas DPS

Following your class completion, the next step involves formally applying for your LTC through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). This online application is a pivotal part of your LTC journey.

You can complete this step before taking the LTC class, or after.  Your application will remain active for several weeks before you need to re-apply.

The fee schedule is straightforward, and honors our military and veterans:

  • $40 Initial License Fee
  • $25 Veterans - ETS or Retired longer than a year
  • $0 Active Duty (+ Active Guard, Texas State Guard & Reserves)

Navigating the DPS License to Carry Application Process

The DPS application process is streamlined and user-friendly. For the official application and details, visit the Texas DPS LTC Application.

Step 3: Fingerprinting and Background Check

This is where doing your eligibility research will pay off.  If you're certain that you meet the eligibility requirements, this step should give you no trouble whatsoever.  Fingerprinting is a mandatory step in the License to Carry application process, conducted exclusively by IdentToGo.

Scheduling and Completing Your Fingerprinting

Schedule your session and find more details at IdentToGo's scheduling page using service code 119Q91 and the reason "Handgun Permit in Texas". They have locations all over the state of Texas, and their fee is only $10. The appointment is easy, the staff is always friendly, and it only takes a few minutes to complete.

Step 4: Gather Your License to Carry Supporting Documents

To ensure your Texas License to Carry (LTC) application progresses smoothly, it's essential to gather the necessary supporting documents. All applicants must provide their LTC/CHL class completion certificate (LTC-100/LTC-101/LTC-104) as proof of successfully completing the required training and proficiency demonstration. Additionally, specific documents will be needed based on your individual circumstances:

  • Foreign-born applicants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence.
  • Veterans or Separated Service Members need to provide a DD 214 form.
  • Active Duty or Reserve Service Members should submit a military ID and relevant military documents.
  • Non-Texas Residents are required to provide a color copy of their current state's driver's license or ID card.
  • Law Enforcement Personnel have unique requirements detailed on the Texas DPS website.

Each category has tailored documentation requirements to validate your eligibility and support your License to Carry application.  When you're ready to submit - DPS has a tool for you to use!

Submit Your Documents Online

The Texas DPS RSD Contact Page is used to submit required forms to DPS for your LTC application. They will only accept a PDF; we're happy to email it to you if you complete your class with Carry Texas. If you need a more detailed explanation on the process of submitting your documents, we have an article detailing the process. LTC-100 and LTC-101 Certificates: Submit Documents to Texas DPS

Step 5: The Hardest Step of All - Waiting

After submitting your application, Texas DPS takes its time to carefully process it, which could range from a few days to several weeks. During this period, keep an eye on your mail/email, as DPS may reach out if they need more information or additional documents to proceed.

A Note of Encouragement

Embarking on the journey to obtain your Texas License to Carry is not just about following steps; it's about joining a community of responsible gun owners. We're thrilled at the prospect of guiding you through this process. As you prepare to take this significant step, remember that each phase brings you closer to not just carrying a license, but carrying a commitment to safety and responsibility. We're excited for you to start this journey and are here to support you every step of the way.

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