Texas Handgun License

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for licensing and monitoring Texans who choose to carry a handgun. Learn how to apply for a license, receive proper training, and more below. 

Applying for a handgun license

To get a Texas license to carry (LTC) a handgun, you must: 

  • Be 21 or older unless active duty military 
  • Meet federal qualifications to purchase a handgun 

You cannot apply for a handgun license if you:  

  • Are guilty of a felony charge 
  • Are guilty of misdemeanor charges  
  • Have criminal charges 
  • Rely on drugs or alcohol 
  • Are diagnosed with certain types of psychological disorders 
  • Are under protective or restraining orders 

If you meet these requirements, here’s how to get a new license: 

  • Apply online and pay fees 
  • Get fingerprinted
  • Attend four to six hours of classroom training 
  • Pass exams 

When the application packet is completed and received by the Department of Public Safety, your license will issue within 60 days. Licenses are valid for four years.  

Handgun license fees

An original LTC costs $40. Renewals cost $40. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. 

Texas law does provide some discounts if you meet certain special conditions. See the complete list of fees along with the special conditions. 

Handgun license training

You must attend in-person or online classroom training with a certified instructor.  

Classroom training will cover:   

  • Laws on weapons and the use of deadly force  
  • Handgun use and safety, including controlling and securing handguns  
  • Non-violent arguments 
  • Storage safety 

After you pass the online classroom training, you'll need to show that you’re skilled at shooting a handgun by attending a range instruction class. Before you go, contact an instructor to know if you will need a handgun for the course.  

Instructor certification

There are certain rules for becoming a handgun safety instructor.  

Approved, accepted handgun instructors and online course providers must:  

  • Be at least 21, 18 if active-duty military  
  • Meet federal rules to buy a handgun 
  • Be approved by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as a firearm instructor 
  • Be approved by the National Rifle Association as a firearm instructor 
  • Prove that you graduated from a certified, handgun instructor school 
  • Submit a completed application 
  • Pay the fees 
  • Complete training 
  • Submit required supplemental forms and materials