Start the application at DPS. This can be done last, but it is better to do this first.
Note: one thing they ask for is an audit number. That is another long number printed (sometimes vertically) on the driver's license, and is not the same as the license number. Hover over the info icon for information. If you have applied for a new license recently due to an address change, you will not be able to finish this step until the new license comes in, as the audit number will be different.
During the application process (or by email), you will be shown a list of vendors where you can be fingerprinted. It is easier to
schedule that at this time than later. Also, look at the Checklist they create for you. Depending on your situation, you may have
more than one item to send to them.
Neither the application nor the fingerprints have to be done before this point.
Go to Online Course
You can break up the course over several days. After you finish, you will be able to download a form LTC-101 (DO NOT print this). Please forward that to me. Please try to finish it at least 24 hrs before the range training. I need an original, unsigned PDF. Download it (even on a phone), and forward to me. In the event you cannot start (or finish) the online course before the range day, come anyway. I can provide a special form for you. You will still have to do the online course before you can get the license.
You will only be here for about an hour. There is a mandatory range training session, then the Proficiency test. You will need 100 rounds of ammo, and eyes and ears. If you buy ear protection, the electronic type is a great benefit.
If you need help finding ammo, contact me, or use this site:
This may seem like a long way, but it is actually closer than any other outdoor training facility in the area, and more private.
From McKinney, it is a 35 minute drive. Because there is a lake in the way, there are several ways to get here, depending on
your location. See the links below. There are no restrooms there.
If you are going South on Hwy 78, there is a convenience store at your turn onto CR 543.
If you are going North on Hwy 78, there are several places before your turn onto FM 6.
Map links from various locations:
Allen (37 min)
Aubrey (74 min)
Blue Ridge (25 min)
Bonham (48 min)
Crossroads (62 min)
Fairview (38 min)
Forney (44 min)
Frisco (49 min)
Garland (33 min)
Grand Prairie (53 min)
Greenville (30 min)
Howe (51 min)
Little Elm (54 min)
Lucas (24 min)
McKinney (35 min)
Melissa (49 min)
Plano (35 min)
Princeton (22 min)
Prosper (51 min)
Richardson (35 min)
Rockwall (20 min)
Sachse (23 min)
Wylie (17 min)
17687 CR 537
Nevada, TX 75173
NOTE: if you go to the exact address shown above, you will be 50 yards past the range entrance gate.
In all cases, your last turn is onto CR 537. 4/10 mile after the turn, look for a white sign on the right with red letters: "Next Sign". 15 yds after that, another white sign with the red letters: "MFT". You won't see the gate until you miss it.
NOTE: I recommend long pants, tall socks, and tennis shoes or boots. We are in the country.
Note that, while passing the shooting test is only based on getting the minimum number of points on the target (175 out of 250), getting the license also requires the applicant to demonstrate safe handling, loading and unloading of a firearm. I will give instruction on that, but, for the safety of everyone concerned, anyone creating a safety hazard on the range may be pulled off the line, at the discretion of the instructor.
At the end of the day, if you have passed the Proficiency test, you will be given your signed Certificate of Training. Send that to Austin, or upload it to the DPS website (URL is on the Certificate). The checklist will show if you need to send any other documents (i.e., veterans need to send a copy of their DD-214).