Texas Handgun License FAQ's
How much does it cost to get the license?
- The current list of fees and discounts is available on the DPS Website.
- The Fee Schedule will be REDUCED on Sept 1, 2017 to $40 for most applicants, and even less for veterans and active duty military.
- There is also a $10 fee for fingerprinting, payable to the fingerprinting agency
How long does it take to get the license?
- The state of Texas has 60 days after receiving your completed application to issue the license.
Do I need to complete the license application before I take the class?
- No, You can apply before, or up to one year after the class, but you cannot be fingerprinted for the license until you have completed the online application More info on the application process can be found here
What should I bring to the class?
- Bring your Texas driver’s license or other government issued photo ID.
- We supply pens, highlighters, and printed lesson plan for note taking
What should I bring to the range?
- You will need a handgun and a minimum 50 rounds of ammo. If you think you might not pass on the first try, bring 100 rounds. If you do not have your own handgun, you can rent from us for $20, including the required ammo.
- You need only 1 magazine for your semi-auto, and should not pre-load the magazine, as you will load only 5-6 rounds at a time as part of the proficiency test.
- Most classes shoot at an outdoor range, so check the scheduled location, and dress appropriately for the weather. Sunscreen, a hat, and a hand towel are always a good idea during the summer. Jackets and gloves are appropriate during cooler weather.
- Tank tops, low cut shirts, flip-flops, and sandals are NOT recommended range wear. Wear them at your own risk. Hot brass on your feet (or other tender areas) is no fun!
- We provide cold bottled water at the range. Eye and ear protection are also provided, at no additional cost
- NOTE: Rainy weather can make the range somewhat muddy. Dress accordingly!
Can I take the class if I don’t know how to shoot?
- If you have never handled a firearm before, we recommend you take the Basic Pistol Class before the LTC class. The TX LTC class is not designed as a "learn to shoot" class.
What happens if I don’t pass the class?
- No Pass, No Pay. You have 3 opportunities to pass both the written and the proficiency tests. If you do not pass on the first try, we will work with you individually. If we cannot successfully get you through the written test or the proficiency test within the 3 opportunities, we will refund your class fee.
UTAH CFP for Texas Residents
What is a Utah CFP and why would I want one?
- CFP is Concealed Firearm Permit. It is the Utah equivalent of the Texas Handgun License. You might want to add the Utah CFP to your Texas LTC because Utah has reciprocity with 4 states that Texas does not – Washington, Minnesota, Ohio, and West Virginia. If it is important to you to be legal to carry in those states, then the Utah CFP is a good option.
- The Utah permit is also a good backup in the event that you lose your wallet. Keep the Utah permit at home, and you will have a backup government issued photo ID to help you replace your lost items.
I am a Texas resident. Can I legally carry in Texas with a Utah CFP if I don’t have a Texas LTC?
- As of May 10, 2011, Utah will no longer issue non-resident permits to persons who do not have a permit from their state of residence. If you already have a Utah CFP, you will not be able to renew it without also having a permit from your state of residence: for Texans, a Texas LTC.
How do I get a Utah CFP?
- Utah requires a class given by a Utah certified instructor. We are Utah certified, and offer the Utah CFP as an addition to the Texas LTC class. For $20, we include the application, passport photo and fingerprints. All you need to add is a copy of your driver’s license, and a copy of your Texas LTC