Texas License to Carry Classes

The state-mandated course required to obtain a Texas License to Carry. The classroom portion is done entirely online.

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After finishing that, you would come to the range for an hour for a Range Training module, and the Proficiency test.

Also required, separately, are a background check and fingerprinting. We will guide you through the entire process.

Please note that this is not a class for beginners. You need to be able to load and shoot a handgun, without assistance.

Cost:   $85.00


About the LTC process

1. Know how to shoot already, and own a gun, any caliber. You should know how to safely handle a gun, and load and unload it. You will be tested on basic shooting skills. I can teach a beginner enough in one session to pass the Proficiency test, but you won't learn that in the LTC class.

2. Sign up for the license training class. You will do the class work from home, then come to the range for the range training and Proficiency (it is not that hard). Send the Certificate of Training and any items of supporting documentation listed on your checklist to the DPS.

3. Visit the Department of Public Safety website to start the application process and pay your fee. There are several types of discounts applicable to the state fee. If you qualify for any, you may have to submit other documentation.

4. Also, at that time, you will be given the option of scheduling fingerprints. Do that at this time. It is inexpensive ($10.00) and quick (computerized), and there are several convenient places to have it done. They will submit the fingerprints for you, electronically.

5. Upload your Certificate of Training to the DPS website (if you can scan them into a PDF).

6. Wait. The average time is three weeks. They process about 2000 each month.

The caliber requirement has now been eliminated, so people are now allowed to use pistols chambered in such exotic calibers as 5.7x28 and .17 HMR, although these are either rare or expensive. A more common caliber in this range is the iconic .22 LR. There are many .22 pistols and revolvers to choose from, but many of them are very small, like the Beretta "Bobcat". Something the size of a cell phone is not a good choice for a shooting test. If you elect to go this way, I would recommend a longer gun, like one of these:

  * Browning Buckmark
  * Ruger Target (Mark IV recommended)
  * S&W Victory
  * Glock 44

Keep in mind that the .22 is still not generally considered to have sufficient stopping power for self defense. Another option, though harder to find, is the .22 Magnum (.22 WMR), which is very close to the .380 ACP in FBI penetration tests.


Please do not bring a single-action .22 revolver! Those are distinguished by a loading gate on the right side, instead of a cylinder that swings out for loading. People bringing a .22 for the Proficiency are usually not experienced enough to understand the danger in loading a single-action revolver, and I do not want to take the risk.

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LTC (CHL) Links

TX Handgun License Application
Texas LTC Fee Schedule
Reciprocity Agreements
Texas LTC FAQs
Downloadable Forms
Texas Handgun Laws
Texas LTC Conviction Rates (2020)