Application process for a Texas Concealed Handgun License
You can start your application for a concealed handgun license in two different ways. You may come to class so you understand what you are stating on the application or, you can go online and complete the application and then come to class. Whichever you decide to do, you will have to apply online to get a number so you can set up your appointment for fingerprints with L1 solutions. As of March 1, 2011, DPS will no longer accept rolled fingerprints. They must be completed by L1 Solutions and you must make an appointment with them giving them a number assigned by DPS so it will tie into your application.
To complete the first time CHL application please go online at:
You will need your driver’s license, birthday, social security number, current mailing and residential addresses, places you have lived the last 5 years, information on ANY arrests and charges, present employment and previous employment locations for the past 5 years, and any drug or alcohol treatment received.
When you complete payment to the Department of Public Safety online, it will give you a receipt and Bar Code Check List. You must print out the receipt/Bar Code Check List that appears on the screen telling you any additional documents/paperwork based on any special conditions – place of birth; residence address; etc. – that needs be completed and returned to the Department. It will have a barcode and must be included with the additional items needed by DPS.
Be sure you understand what is being asked in the application as you are verifying the information when you complete the process. You will not receive an application packet in the mail.
We will complete your photographs in class.
When you complete the class, you will be issued a CHL 100 showing that you have passed both the classroom and range qualification.
You will then mail the required documentation (i.e. photographs, fingerprints, CHL-100 and any other documentation they have requested) to the Department of Public Safety for them to process the background checks and issue your license.
You can come to class and get a hard copy application from us if you choose not to go online. If you file a hard copy application instead of an electronic application, you will have to send it in with your documentation and be assigned a number that will be mail back to you so you can set up your fingerprints with L1 solutions.
You can begin the process 6 months prior to your license expiration date. If you have taken the class, gotten your license and renewed one time, a second time and this is your third time to renew, call DPS as you may not have to take the class and range qualification but every 10 years.
Note: RENEWAL APPLICATIONS NO LONGER REQUIRE THE FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. If your license is already expired, you must renew before your next birth date or you will have to start over.
To complete your renewal application please go online at: