The purpose of this "Resources" page is to assist those applying for a Texas License to Carry (LTC) by providing them with information and web links in order to make the application process easier. There are 3 basic steps to apply for the license. Those steps are: 1) Apply for your LTC on the Texas Department of Public Safety Handgun Licensing Division web page; 2) Schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted at IdenToGo, who will submit the prints to DPS electronically; and 3) completion of an LTC Handgun Licensing Course taught by an instructor approved by the Texas DPS.
1) Click here to go to the Texas DPS Handgun Licensing page to begin the
application process. Before beginning, make sure you have all information
requested. During the application process, you will be prompted to the IdenToGo
site in order to schedule your fingerprint appointment. Fingerprints now must be
taken at an IdenToGo location, and IdenToGo will electronically submit the
fingerprints to DPS. If you choose to submit a paper application rather than
applying online, you may click here to download the appropriate forms.
The forms necessary for the filing of an original application are the following:
of Records; and CHL-86 Knowledge of Laws and Eligibility Affidavit. Applicants born
outside of the United States also need to read the CHL-40 Notice - Non-Immigrant -Visa.
2) Applicants not utilizing the online application process then need to click here
to go to the IdenToGo web page to schedule their fingerprint appointment.
Once at the IdenToGo web page, enter your Zip Code and select TEXAS from the
drop-down menu and click GO. On the next screen, select State Fingerprinting.
On the following screen, enter the Service Code: 119Q91. The IdenToGo site
will direct you through the application process.
3) The third and final step is to attend and pass the Texas LTC Handgun licensing
course from an instructor approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
LTCGALVESTON provides this course and currently scheduled classes can be
seen by going to the CLASSES page or clicking here.
To view the publication, "Texas License to Carry a Handgun Laws & Selected Statutes,"
issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety after the 84th Legislature adjourned in
2015, click here. This will likely be updated after the 85th Legislature adjorns in 2017 to
address any changes to gun laws during the session.
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) asked of the Texas Department of Public Safety
regarding the Handgun Licensing Program, click here.