Non-Immigrant Aliens and Foreigners:
How to get a Texas Handgun License
(License To Carry)

(Does not apply to Green Card holders)

Reference: Types of Visas

These instructions are valid both for legally buying a gun, and for getting a handgun license. NOTE: in order to get the handgun license, you have to already know how to load and shoot a pistol, and be prepared to take a shooting Proficiency test to prove it.

If you do not know how to shoot, register for "Learn to Shoot" first.

If you have a valid visa, have been in Texas for more than 3 months, have a Social Security number, and can read English sufficiently to take a written test over firearms law:

  1. Apply to the state for a Texas Driver's License.
  2. Go to any store that sells hunting licenses, and buy the one-year "General License".
  3. Apply to DPS for the License To Carry, and schedule fingerprinting.
  4. https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/ltc/
  5. Register for the required training class (LTC class).
  6. Class Schedule
After successful completion of that class, you will need to submit the following documents to DPS in Austin:
  1. LTC-100 Certificate of Training (suplied by us).
  2. A copy of the visa page in your passport.
  3. A copy of your I-94 form, received when you arrived in the U.S.
  4. A copy of your Hunter's License.
Submit all documents to DPS by mail or upload, and wait. It takes several weeks.

McKinney Firearms Training
McKinney, TX 75070
(214) 335-3511