Eligibility

Information in regard to getting or renewing a Texas CHL

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General Eligibility Requirements
Citizenship:
  • The applicant must be a United States citizen or resident alien. The applicant does not have to be a resident of the state of Texas.
  • Taxes:
  • The applicant must not be delinquent in their state or city taxes.
  • Form 4473:
  • Under federal law, the applicant must be eligible to purchase a firearm using the form 4473.
  • Child Support:
  • The applicant must not be in default on child support payments.

  • Legal Eligibility Requirements
    Misdemeanors (Class A or B):
  • The applicant must not have been convicted of, plea bargained to, deferred from, or on probation for either of these offenses in the past five (5) years.
  • Misdemeanors (Class C):
  • Noise Violations
  • Public fighting
  • Use of abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in public
  • Use of an offensive gesture or display in public
  • Exposure of anus or genitals in public resulting in public offense
  • Offensive abuse or threats to a person in public
  • Public discharge of a firearm
  • Public display of a firearm or deadly weapon in public so as to cause alarm
  • Felonies:
  • The applicant must not have received: conviction, plea bargain, or probation for any level of felony (in a lifetime). The only exception is for applicants that have received deferred adjudication for non-Title 5 offenses (non-violent crimes). They may apply after a 10 year period from the final disposition of the court case.
  • Pending Charges:
  • The applicant must not be currently charged with a felony, Class A or B, or Class C (for disorderly conduct).
  • Juvenile Charges:
  • The applicant must not have received a juvenile felony within the last ten (10) years.
  • Domestic Violence:
  • The applicant must not have received a conviction, plea, or probation for a domestic violence crime.
  • Fugitive:
  • The applicant must not be a fugitive from justice (e.g. warrant).
  • Protective Orders:
  • Excluding property interests, the applicant must not be under a protective order affecting a spousal arrangement.
  • Chemical Dependency:
  • According to the State of Texas, two (2) DWI offenses within a ten (10) year period constitutes "chemical dependency." If the applicant has received two (2) DWI offenses in a ten (10) year period, they would not be eligible until ten (10) years from the disposition of the second offense.

  • Psychiatric Eligibility Requirements
    Be of Sound Judgement:
  • The applicant must be capable of sound judgment involving the proper use and storage of a firearm.
  • Disorders and/or Conditions:
  • The applicant must not have been diagnosed by a licensed physician with a disorder/condition that can (or is likely to) cause an impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse control, or intellectual ability.
  • The applicant must not suffer from a psychiatric disorder/condition that is in remission but can have the potential to redevelop.
  • The applicant must not suffer from a psychiatric disorder/condition that requires continuous treatment to prevent redevelopment.
  • The aplicant must not have been diagnosed at any time by a licensed physician that the person suffers or has suffered from a psychiatric disorder or condition consisting of or relating to schizophrenia or delusional disorder, bipolar disorder, chronic dementia (whether caused by illness, brain defect, or brain injury), dissociative identity disorder, intermittent explosive disorder or antisocial personality disorder
  • In order for a person that has previously been diagnosed as suffering from a psychiatric disorder or condition to apply for a CHL, they must provide the DPS with a certificate from a licensed physician, whose primary practice is in the field of psychiatry, stating that the psychiatric disorder or condition is in remission and is not reasonably likely to develop at a future time
  • Legal Incompetence:
  • The applicant must not have been diagnosed by a licensed physician (or declared by a court) to be incompetent to manage their own affairs.
  • Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity:
  • The applicant must not have entered a plea of "not guilty by reason of insanity" to any criminal proceeding.
  • Hospitalization (Psychiatric):
  • The applicant must not have been hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder within a two (2) year period (voluntary) or a five (5) year period (involuntary).
  • Abuse (Alcohol or Substance):
  • The applicant must not have received inpatient or residential substance abuse treatment in the preceding five-year period or was diagnosed in the preceding five-year period by a licensed physician that the person is dependent on alcohol, a controlled substance, or a similar substance.