Information in regard to getting or renewing a Texas CHL
As of March 1, 2011 neither instuctors nor law enforcement agencies will be permitted to take CHL fingerprints. To streamline the entire licensing process, DPS has mandated that the firm Patriot Security Solutions take digital fingerprints.
Patriot Security Solutions now takes all CHL digital fingerprinting in Texas. The cost is $9.95 and there are locations all throughout the state. The local (Abilene) site is Patriot Security Solutions.
Patriot Security Solutions takes fingerprints by appointment only.
You must apply for your CHL before scheduling a fingerprinting appointment.
When you submit your license application online to the DPS, you will be provided a link to Patriot Security Solutions now to schedule your fingerprint appointment.
If you applied by mail, the DPS will send you a confirmation of your application. This will also allow you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
After your license has been submitted to the DPS, you may schedule your fingerprinting appointment via phone or online.
Patriot Security Solutions - (325) 387-8216 - 150 S Willis St., Abilene, TX 79605
All CHL fingerprints are scanned electronically now. They are instantly transmitted to DPS, though the actual fingerprinting process takes between 10-15 minutes.
For a new CHL applicant, fingerprints are required.
There are rare occasions where DPS determines that it cannot read fingerprints on file. In these instances, a new set of fingerprints will be required.