TEXAS - Concealed Carry Permit Process

How Do I Apply for a Texas Concealed Carry Permit?

DOWNLOAD the application form or SUBMIT an online application.
SCHEDULE an appointment for fingerprinting. All fingerprints must be submitted through L-1 Enrollment Services.

COMPLETE classroom training.
Pass the written exam and pass a shooting proficiency demonstration.

SUBMIT the Certificate of Training to the Department of Public Safety to complete the online application.
OR MAIL your application to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX – You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

What are the Fees and Terms?

Where Can I Find Application Forms?

What Are the Texas License to Carry a Handgun Requirements?

An Applicant Must:

What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits

Out-of-state residents must supply a color copy, front and back, of a state driver’s license or ID card and a proficiency certificate not greater than 2 years old from a course approved by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety. Applications may be submitted online or via mail.

Moving to Texas and would like to apply for a resident license? How soon can you apply? Texas issues resident and non-resident licenses, so you can apply for your license at any time. In order to apply for a resident license, you need to be a legal resident of Texas for six months or have relocated with the intent to establish residency in the state.


Moving from Texas and have a Texas resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Texas license remains valid? If a person with a Texas license to carry establishes residency in another state, the license is valid until it expires provided he or she submits the Name/Address Change Form.

What Are the Firearms Training Requirements in Texas?

4-6 hours of Classroom or Online Instruction in:

The shooting test requires 50 rounds of ammunition fired at three distances:

3 yards – 20 rounds fired

7 yards – 20 rounds fired

10 yards – 15 rounds fired

The proficiency examination must also include a written (or online portal) test concerning the subjects listed above, as well as the physical demonstration of proficiency in the use and safety procedures of one or more handguns and in handgun safety procedures.

How Do I Renew My Concealed Carry Permit in Texas?

You will usually be notified about 6 months before your license expires to renew it. Handgun license renewals can be submitted 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license. Renewals can be made up to 12 months after the expiration date of license. Renewal applications made after 12 months from the expiry date will be treated as a new application.

DOWNLOAD the application form or SUBMIT an online application.

COMPLETE the application and PAY the fee.

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX – You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

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