Begin by ensuring you meet the eligibility requirements as listed by the Texas Department of Public Safety for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (see the box labeled TX LTC Eligibility Summary). Next, If you have not already done so, you may want to start your paperwork with the State of Texas Department of Public Safety. Once you have started your paperwork, you have 1 year to complete the course requirements and submit your application. You can start the application process at the following URL:
At this site, you will:
If you are new to handguns or shooting, we advise that you take an introductory course specifically on handgun safety and shooting. While the Texas LTC course includes a section on Handgun Use and Safety, this is more of a review, and not a "how to shoot" class for beginners. To qualify for a Texas LTC, you must be able to perform the handgun proficiency qualification, which includes safely handling and operating the firearm, and hitting a target at different distances.
If you are interested in pursuing an introductory course, please consider our NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation class. At a minimum, you should practice shooting at the distances specified in the Texas LTC Qualification Shooting Stages listed below.
An original (first-time) LTC applicant must complete four to six hours of classroom training, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). All classroom and proficiency must be conducted by a LTC instructor certified by DPS.
The classroom training covers four (4) required topics:
Please note, the classroom time does not cover topics of insurance, how to select a firearm or carry holster, or options for firearm concealment. Additional conversation about these and similar topics can be held at the completion of the classroom and examination time, if desired, and are optional for attendance.
At the completion of the classroom training, the applicant must complete and pass a written examination with a score of 70% or higher. The exam covers the topics discussed during the classroom sessions. Each applicant must complete the exam on her/his own. Adequate time will be provided for completing the exam.
(Students with testing concerns or special requirements for taking the exam, please let the instructor know as soon as possible; we work with people of varied backgrounds and understand special circumstances and will work with you to the best of our ability, within the scope of Texas statutes and DPS regulations.)
You can preview the Texas LTC related laws with the CHL-16 document, available as a free PDF here.
Please Note: Do not bring your firearm or ammunition to the classroom. No firearms are used during the classroom portion, and live ammunition is specifically prohibited from the classroom.
The course of fire is mandated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and must be performed as described, by all applicants. The B-27 target to be used and the method of target scoring is also mandated by Texas DPS, and will be explained at the proficiency exercise by the instructor. Hint: Aim for the X).
Please keep the following in mind, as we want you to have a great shooting experience:
Important: we reserve the right to disqualify any firearm or ammunition deemed to be unsafe or malfunctioning at any point during the proficiency demonstration. Please bring factory ammunition (Reloaded ammunition may not be allowed at the qualification range).
Texas LTC Qualification Shooting Stages
Stage 1: Twenty shots (20) will be fired from 3 yards.
Stage 2: Twenty shots (20) will be fired from 7 yards.
Stage 3 ten shots (10) fired from 15 yards.