LTC Training Requirements

If you live in Texas and want to carry a handgun, you need to obtain a license to carry (LTC). Getting an LTC requires completing specific training requirements, which we will discuss in detail in this article.

What is an LTC?

A License to Carry, also known as a concealed carry license, is a permit that allows Texans to carry a handgun in a concealed manner. An LTC permits the holder to carry a handgun openly or concealed in most public places in Texas.

Who is Eligible to Apply for an LTC?

To apply for an LTC in Texas, you must meet specific eligibility criteria. You must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A legal resident of Texas
  • Not convicted of a felony or Class A or B misdemeanor
  • Not currently charged with a felony or Class A or B misdemeanor
  • Not a fugitive from justice
  • Not chemically dependent
  • Not diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder

What are the Training Requirements for an LTC?

To obtain an LTC in Texas, you must complete the following training requirements:

Classroom Instruction

You must attend a classroom instruction course that is a minimum of four hours long. The course must cover:

  • The laws that relate to weapons and the use of deadly force
  • Nonviolent dispute resolution
  • Safe storage practices for handguns and other firearms

Range Instruction

After completing the classroom instruction, you must attend a range instruction course. This course must be a minimum of one hour long, and it must cover:

  • The proficiency requirements for using a handgun safely and effectively
  • The laws that relate to weapons and the use of deadly force
  • The use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns

Proficiency Demonstration

You must demonstrate proficiency with a handgun by shooting a minimum of 50 rounds at a firing range. You must score at least 175 points out of a possible 250 points. You have to complete this demonstration within six months of the date you submit your application for an LTC.

Where can you Complete the Required Training?

You can complete the required training at any Texas DPS-approved training provider. To find a provider near you, you can visit the Texas DPS website or search online.

How Much Does the Training Cost?

The cost of the training can vary depending on the provider you choose. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 for the required training.

How Long is an LTC Valid for?

An LTC is valid for five years. After that, you must renew your license by completing a renewal application and paying the required fees.

Can You Carry a Handgun Without an LTC in Texas?

You can carry a handgun in your home or your car without an LTC. However, if you want to carry a handgun in public, you need to have a valid LTC.

Can You Take the Training Online?

Yes - you can take the Texas Online License to Carry Class online! The range instruction courses, however, must be completed in-person.

What Happens if Your Application is Denied?

If your application for an LTC is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reason for the denial. You have the right to appeal the decision within 30 days of receiving the letter.


Obtaining a Texas License to Carry requires completing specific training requirements. It is important to meet these requirements to ensure the safety of yourself and others when carrying a handgun in public. Remember to complete both the classroom and range instruction courses and demonstrate proficiency with a handgun to obtain your LTC.


  1. How long does it take to get an LTC in Texas?

The processing time for an LTC application

has been known to take around 60 days.

  1. Can you use a rental handgun for the proficiency demonstration?

Yes, you can use a rental handgun for the proficiency demonstration, but it is recommended that you use a handgun that you are familiar with and comfortable using.

  1. What happens if your LTC expires before you renew it?

If your LTC expires before you renew it, you have a one-year grace period to renew your license. During this grace period, you can still legally carry your handgun with your expired license.

  1. Are there any additional training requirements for open carry?

No, there are no additional training requirements for open carry in Texas. The same training requirements apply for both concealed and open carry.

  1. Can you carry a handgun if you are a non-resident of Texas?

Yes, non-residents of Texas can obtain an LTC if they meet the eligibility criteria and complete the required training. However, the process for obtaining an LTC may be slightly different for non-residents.

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