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How do I get my Texas License to Carry (LTC)?

Recommended process:

  1. Check your eligibility (see below). Before you apply for a LTC or enroll in a LTC course, it is important to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in §411.172 of the Texas Government Code. This is important because the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will not refund any application fees if they determine you are not eligible. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety License To Carry Program Helpline at (512) 424-7293 or email them at: ltc@txdps.state.tx.us.

  2. Schedule your class
  3. Apply online with Texas DPS. You will pay online. Texas will not refund your money if you are ineligible. You must submit a License To Carry (LTC) application to the DPS. You may apply online or download a PDF copy of the application from the DPS LTC website and submit it in person, by fax or via U.S. mail.

    Paper Versus Online LTC Application: If you don't want to submit your application online, you can download the required forms below and submit them by mail.

    • CHL-78A Original LTC Application
    • CHL-78B Address & Business History
    • CHL-78C Reported History
    • CHL-85 Authorization for Release of Records
    • CHL-86 Knowledge of Laws & Eligibility Important:

    Submitting your application by mail (on paper) requires certain documents to be notarized and will delay application processing. It is strongly recommended that you submit your application online.

  4. Print your barcoded receipt with document checklist and the trace number. DON'T LOSE THIS (print 2 copies so you'll have one to keep for your records.

  5. The Texas DPS no longer requires passport photos if you have a Texas Drivers License or State ID. Non-resident Texas LTC applicants must submit a CHL-6 form with passport photos.

  6. Schedule your fingerprinting apointment with MorphoTrust USA. You can schedule ONLINE, or by calling 1-888-467-2080. I would recommend scheduling fingerprints up to 30 days before the class. Saturday appointments are the most difficult to get. In 2011, the DPS transitioned to an electronic fingerprint only process and uses an organization called MorphosTrust USA to obtain fingerprints. After completing an LTC application online, you will be given the option to schedule a fingerprint appointment immediately online. You can also visit the MorphoTrust USA website directly to schedule an appointment, but you must complete your LTC application first. MorphoTrust USA has offices located throughout Texas. If, however, you reside in a county with a population of 46,000 or less and do not reside within a 25-mile radius of a facility capable of processing the electronic fingerprints, you may contact the DPS directly to request permission to submit fingerprints on an FBI fingerprint card.

  7. Print your FAST PASS (from the MorphoTrust site) and bring to your fingerprint appointment. Your fingerprints will be transmitted electronically to the state of TX.

  8. After completing your LTC class, scan in the documents and submit them on the Internet or mail your completed application package to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun Licensing Bureau, MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0245

Who is eligible for a Texas LTC?

To be eligible for a Texas Concealed Handgun License, you:

  • Must be a legal resident of Texas, or apply for a non-resident license
  • Must be at least 21, unless active duty or honorably discharged from the military, then at least 18
  • Must not ever have been convicted of a FELONY
  • Must not be currently charged with a Class A or Class B MISDEMEANOR or FELONY
  • Must not be chemically dependent, including alcohol
  • Must be capable of exercising sound judgment
  • Must not have been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or a disorderly conduct, in the past 5 years
  • Must be fully qualified under federal and state laws to purchase a handgun
  • Must not be delinquent in any payments to the state of Texas, including child support and property taxes
  • Must not be restricted by a protective or restraining order involving a person
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony grade juvenile delinquent conduct in the previous 10 years