How do I apply / renew my License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

New and renewal applications may be submitted online at:  License To Carry A Handgun.  We will use existing fingerprints and photos on file for renewal applications.   However, sometimes the quality of those prints originally submitted no longer meets the State or FBI standards. If we are unable to use the fingerprints on file, you will be notified to obtain a new set of prints along with instructions on where you must be fingerprinted.  For New Applicants you will be required to submit fingerprints at a FAST Fingerprint location.  Read below “Is there a cost for fingerprinting” for information. 

Please have the following information on hand:

• Valid driver license or identification card,
• Current demographic, address, contact, and employment information,
• Residential and employment information for the last five years (new users only),
• Information regarding any psychiatric, drug, alcohol, or criminal history (new users only),
• Valid email address, and
• Valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express)
• For detailed eligibility requirements, please refer to Texas GC §411.172

What are the requirements for obtaining a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H sets out the eligibility criteria that must be met. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (unless active duty military) and must meet Federal qualifications to purchase a handgun. A number of factors may make individuals ineligible to obtain a license, such as: felony convictions, some misdemeanor convictions, including charges that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication; certain pending criminal charges; chemical or alcohol dependency; certain types of psychological diagnoses, and protective or restraining orders. The state eligibility requirements can be found in GC §411.172.  The federal firearms disqualifiers can be found in 18 USC 44 §922.   You must also submit a completed application, pay the required fees, complete all required training and submit required supplemental forms and materials.

How do I apply for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

Applicants for an original (first-time) LTC should submit an online application, and schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. Applicants must also complete four to six hours of classroom training, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). All classroom and proficiency must be conducted in Texas by a LTC instructor certified by DPS.  Upon successful completion of the training class, the instructor should provide each student with a Certificate of Training (LTC-100). It is the student’s responsibility to submit this form to DPS to complete the application. Instructors should not submit the form for the student.  For detailed information regarding training requirements, see Training Requirements.

Once I submit my application, when should I expect to receive my license?

DPS will make every effort to issue your license within 60 days of receiving the completed application packet. If the application is incomplete or requires additional information to complete the background check, you will be notified in writing.

Is there a cost for fingerprinting?

Yes. There is a fee charged for fingerprint services. For additional information regarding the Fingerprint Application Services of Texas (FAST) please visit our website.
To schedule an appointment at a time and location convenient to you, please use one of the following methods:
1. Visit Fingerprinting Services,  please use Service Code: 119Q91 OR
2. Call (888) 467-2080 and provide Service Code: 119Q91

Do I have to be a resident of Texas to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?

No. Per Texas Government Code §411.173,  legal residents of another state or persons who relocate to Texas with the intent to establish residency may obtain an LTC. Those individuals must submit an application, pay the required fees, successfully complete the required training in Texas and submit all supporting documents. They also must submit form LTC-6, two passport style photos and a copy of their out of state driver license or state issued identification card. Note, however, that all LTC applicants must be legal residents of Texas or another state.

How long is the Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) valid?

Initial licenses are valid for four years. Renewal licenses are valid for five years.

If I am 20 years old, can I take the proficiency class now and still get a license when I turn 21?

Yes, however because you must attest to being 21, your application may not be submitted prior to your 21st birthday.

Range Qualification and Proficiency Test

The following course of fire is required for proficiency demonstration. To successfully qualify, shooters must complete this course with a minimum score of 70% (175 out of possible 250). For LTC Instructors, the minimum score is 90% (225 out of possible 250). If any malfunctions are encountered, the shooter will work through the problem and finish the course of fire. If rounds are held (not fired within the allotted time), the shots will be scored as misses. All courses of fire will be scored on a standard B-27 target. The B-27 target must be 24 inches by 45 inches and may be one of four colors; black, blue, red, or green. The target shall be scored utilizing the 5, 4, 3 scoring diagram in the upper left hand corner.

Stage 1: Twenty shots (20) will be fired from 3 yards.

Stage 2: Twenty shots (20) will be fired from 7 yards.

Stage 3: Ten shots (10) fired from 15 yards.  

For any additional information or questions regarding LTC applications, see
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the TXDPS LTC website.