Information in regard to getting or renewing a Texas CHL
The steps to obtain a concealed handgun license are: Submitting your application, paying the fee, fingerprinting, then taking a course.
The application consists of information such as name, Social Security number, phone number, residency, criminal and psychiatric history, alcohol/drug treatments, and potential paid fees.
You can submit your application via mail, or online (more information below).
The state fee is due at the time the application is submitted. See our fee table for details.
If you are a new applicant you must submit electronic fingerprints to the DPS
The DPS will not allow you to schedule your fingerprints until they have received your license application.
As of March 1, 2011 instructors and law enforcement agencies are no longer allowed to take CHL fingerprints.
Fingerprints must be taken by Patriot Security Solutions. This change has made the licensing process much smoother and quicker. See our fingerprinting page for details.
It is highly advised that you check your eligibility prior beginning the CHL application process.
If submitted, the state licensing fee is non-refundable, regardless of eligibility. Please refer to this page for details.
Applying online has a appreciable time advantage to traditional mail. In addition, you can schedule your fingerprints at the completion of your online application.
When applying online, credit card is the only payment option.
|Mail (Paper) Application|
Mailed applications must be paid for by personal check, cashier's check, or a money order. This must be mailed with the application.
You may acquire the application (for mailing purposes) via the DPS website. We can also provide the packet for you.
Once you complete the application, it must be mailed with payment to the DPS.
After the application is processed, the DPS will mail you a confirmation letter allowing you to schedule your fingerprints.
Once your fingerprints are taken, the licensing process will begin.
You must only resubmit fingerprints/photos if the FBI is unable to read the original print card. This is very rare.
You may renew online (link) or you may call the DPS to request a paper renewal form (800.224.5744)
Your CHL must be renewed every five (5) years.