Understanding Your Eligibility In The State Of Texas Is The First Step To Obtaining Your License To Carry

  1. Take our online course and print out your LTC-101 certificate
  2. Find ANY qualified Texas LTC instructor to perform range proficiency in your city from the DPS list HERE . Generally, any gun range in your city will employ an LTC Instructor. Simply give them a call.
  3. If you are Active Duty Military or a Veteran with ANY military range card(proceeding 10yrs)you will be exempt from range proficiency and will need to submit your range card to the DPS under supporting documents(step 6)
  4. Apply online to complete your Texas DPS application. APPLY ONLINE
  5. Schedule an appointment online and complete your fingerprinting. Service Code: 119Q91 SCHEDULE FINGERPRINTING
  6. Submit supporting documents(LTC-101 etc.)directly to Texas DPS online. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS

Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H sets out the eligibility criteria that must be met. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (unless active duty military) and must meet Federal qualifications to purchase a handgun. A number of factors may make individuals ineligible to obtain a license, such as: felony convictions, some misdemeanor convictions, including charges that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication; certain pending criminal charges; chemical or alcohol dependency; certain types of psychological diagnoses, and protective or restraining orders. The state eligibility requirements can be found in GC §411.172. The federal firearms disqualifiers can be found in 18 USC 44 §922.

You must also submit a completed application, pay the required fees, complete all required training and submit required supplemental forms and materials.

DWI is classified as at least a Class B misdemeanor, and you are ineligible for a license for five years after a conviction for a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. For the purpose of determining eligibility, a conviction includes those that were dismissed after you completed probation or deferred adjudication.

Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H states that deferred adjudication will be considered the same as a conviction. Depending on the type of offense and the date of the order of deferred adjudication, you may not be eligible for a LTC. See GC §411.171 and §411.1711

If charges were dismissed without prosecution, then they are not disqualifying. A deferred adjudication is not a dismissal without prosecution and is considered a conviction for purposes of the LTC.

Yes. Applicants are required to report all arrests in order to ensure the background checks can be conducted timely. The application should include the year, the offense, the location and the final disposition. Copies of the dispositions will assist in the timely processing of your application. Applicants should also include information on cases that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication. Failure to provide any requested documentation could result in the termination of an application as incomplete.

No. Per Texas Government Code §411.173, legal residents of another state or persons who relocate to Texas with the intent to establish residency may obtain an LTC. Those individuals must submit an application, pay the required fees, successfully complete the required training in Texas and submit all supporting documents. They also must submit form LTC-6, two passport style photos and a copy of their out of state driver license or state issued identification card. Note, however, that all LTC applicants must be legal residents of Texas or another state.

Yes. Subject to the requirements of federal firearms law, and if not otherwise ineligible, resident aliens and certain nonimmigrant aliens who are legally present in the United States may obtain the license.

Yes, however because you must attest to being 21, your application may not be submitted prior to your 21st birthday (unless Active Duty Military/Reserve)

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