Texas Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Does Texas issue concealed carry permits?

Texas is a Shall Issue State and issues Concealed Handgun Licenses to residents of Texas and non-residents.

Applicants can apply online, fill out the downloadable forms and mail them in. Some instructors may provide you with your forms. All forms should be mailed to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

Once your application has been processed, you must schedule fingerprinting at an IdentoGO center.

Non-residents must also provide a proficiency certificate (TR 100) which you receive on completion of a handgun proficiency course approved by the department and taught by a certified instructor. For new licenses, the certificate must have been issued within 2 years. For renewal licenses, the certificate must have been issued within 6 months.

Non-residents also have to provide a color copy of your state issued identification or drivers license (Front and Back).

Texas’ concealed handgun licenses law went into effect in 1995 which made them a Shall Issue state.

Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses

Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses are issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You can visit their Concealed Handgun Licensing website here.

Are background checks required for a Texas Concealed Handgun License?

Yes. For Texas residents, the Texas Department of Public Safety will conduce a criminal history record check through their computerized criminal history system as well as possible additional searches of local official records. For non-resident applicants, the Texas Department of Public Safety will conduce a search through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Does having a Texas Concealed Handgun License exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm Texas?

Yes. Having a Texas Handgun License does exempt you from a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check when purchasing a firearm according to the ATF Permanent Brady Permit Chart. There is a checkbox on the 4473 form that the FFL can check that states no NICS is required.

How long is a Texas Concealed Handgun License valid for?

Initial Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses expire on the first birthday of the applicant occurring after the fourth anniversary of the date it was issued.

A renewal license expires on the birthday of the applicant fives years after the date of expiration on the previous license.

A duplicate or modified license expires on the date the license that was duplicated would have expired.

What is the processing time for a Texas Concealed Handgun License?

The processing time for new Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses is within 60-180 days from the date they receive your application.

How much does an Texas Concealed Handgun License cost?

The fee for an initial Texas Concealed Handgun License is $140. Renewal licenses cost $70.

What are the requirements for a Texas Concealed Handgun License?

A person is eligible for a Texas Concealed Handgun Permit license if the person:

  1. is a legal resident of this state for the six-month period preceding the date of application under this subchapter or is otherwise eligible for a license under Section 411.173(a);
  2. is at least 21 years of age;
  3. has not been convicted of a felony;
  4. is not charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense, or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense, or of a felony under an information or indictment;
  5. is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
  6. is not a chemically dependent person;
  7. is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun;
  8. has not, in the five years preceding the date of application, been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense;
  9. is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun;
  10. has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment administered or collected by the attorney general;
  11. has not been finally determined to be delinquent in the payment of a tax or other money collected by the comptroller, the tax collector of a political subdivision of the state, or any agency or subdivision of the state;
  12. is not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interests;
  13. has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law of the grade of felony; and
  14. has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174.

How do I renew my Texas Concealed Handgun License and what is the cost?

To renew your Texas Concealed Handgun License you must first complete a handgun proficiency course within 6 months preceding the date of application renewal for the first or second renewal and the date of application for renewal or the date of application for the preceding renewal, for a third or subsequent renewal, to ensure that the license holder is not required to complete the course more than once in any 10-year period.

You must then submit an application for renewal through their online renewal form or fill out the downloadable forms and mail them in. Some instructors may provide you with your forms. All forms should be mailed to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

The cost of renewal licenses is $70.

How do you change a name or address on an Texas Concealed Handgun License?

If your place of resident changes you must notify the Department of Public Safety within 30 days of the address change. You must provide them with the former and new address. You can then apply for a duplicate license for a cost of $25. You can request the address change through their online form or fill out the downloadable forms and mail them in. All forms should be mailed to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

What do you do if your Texas Concealed Handgun License is lost, stolen or damaged?

If your license gets lost or stolen you must notify the Department of Public Safety within 30 days of the address change. You must provide them with the former and new address. You can then apply for a duplicate license for a cost of $25. You can request the address change through their online form or fill out the downloadable forms and mail them in. All forms should be mailed to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

If I get arrested or convicted, do I have to notify the Texas Department of Justice about the arrest or conviction?

Are far as we can tell, you are not required to notify the Department of Public Safety of an arrest or conviction. But they will suspend your license if the license holder:

  1. is charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense, or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense, or of a felony under an information or indictment;
  2. fails to notify the department of a change of address, name, or status as required by Section 411.181;
  3. commits an act of family violence and is the subject of an active protective order rendered under Title 4, Family Code; or
  4. is arrested for an offense involving family violence or an offense under Section 42.072, Penal Code, and is the subject of an order for emergency protection issued under Article 17.292, Code of Criminal Procedure.

If you license is suspended you will get a notice in the mail about the suspension. You must then surrender the license within 10 days of receiving the notice unless it has already been surrendered or seized as evidence, or request a hearing from the department.

If I move my permanent residence to another state, is my Texas Concealed Handgun License still valid?

From what we can tell, you are allowed to keep you Texas Concealed Handgun License if you move out of state as long as you submit a change of address to them within 30 days of the move. See details about how to change your address above.

Can I transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Texas?

Texas does not allow you to transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Texas. You must apply for a new Texas Concealed Handgun License.

Does Texas accept any other state's concealed carry permits or licenses?

Texas does recognize permits from other states. To see the most up to date reciprocity information please view the maps below.

Do I need to inform Law Enforcement that I am carrying a concealed weapon?

Yes. If a license holder is carrying a handgun on or about the license holder’s person when a magistrate or a peace officer demands that the license holder display identification, the license holder shall display both the license holder’s driver’s license or identification certificate issued by the department and the license holder’s handgun license.

Does Texas issue Texas Concealed Handgun License to resident aliens with a green card?

It seems that yes, Resident Aliens can apply for a Texas Concealed Handgun License. In the form Notice – Non-Immigrant – Visa they list the requred documents that need to be submitted along with the application if the applicant is born out of the country.

What are the laws for carrying a firearm in an automobile in Texas?

Anyone traveling in Texas can carry a a loaded handgun in their vehicle but it must be concealed and the person cannot be engaged in criminal activity. Loaded long guns may be carried anywhere in the vehicle.

What places are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Texas?

§46.035, Texas Penal Code prohibits carrying of handguns and other weapons in certain places. These include but are not limited to:

  • On the premises of a business that derives 51% or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption
  • On the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting or interscholastic event is taking place
  • On the premises of a correctional facility
  • On the premises of a hospital or nursing home (unless licensee has written authorization)
  • In an amusement park
  • On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other place of worship
  • At any meeting of a governmental entity

§46.02, Texas Penal Code and §46.03, Texas Penal Code also specifically prohibit handguns or weapons under other circumstances and from other locations other than those listed above. For example: It is against Texas law to carry a concealed handgun if the person has the handgun in plain view; or if the person is engaged in a criminal activity (other than a Class C traffic offense); or if prohibited from possessing a firearm, or is a member of a criminal street gang. Some other areas where weapons are prohibited include the premises of polling places on the day of an election or during early voting, the premises of any government court, the premises of a racetrack, in a secured area of an airport or within 1,000 feet of premises designated as a place of execution on the day a sentence of death is set to be imposed.

Does Texas have a Stand Your Ground Law AKA Castle Doctrine Law?

Texas is a state with castle law. You can find the Texas Code at Penal Code Sec. 9.32 which can be broken down as follows:

(a) A person is justified in using deadly force against another:

(1) if the actor would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.31; and (2) when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary: (A) to protect the actor against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force; or (B) to prevent the other’s imminent commission of aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery. (b) The actor’s belief under Subsection (a)(2) that the deadly force was immediately necessary as described by that subdivision is presumed to be reasonable if the actor: (1) knew or had reason to believe that the person against whom the deadly force was used: (A) unlawfully and with force entered, or was attempting to enter unlawfully and with force, the actor’s occupied habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment; (B) unlawfully and with force removed, or was attempting to remove unlawfully and with force, the actor from the actor’s habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment; or (C) was committing or attempting to commit an offense described by Subsection (a)(2)(B); (2) did not provoke the person against whom the force was used; and (3) was not otherwise engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic at the time the force was used. (c) A person who has a right to be present at the location where the deadly force is used, who has not provoked the person against whom the deadly force is used, and who is not engaged in criminal activity at the time the deadly force is used is not required to retreat before using deadly force as described by this section. (d) For purposes of Subsection (a)(2), in determining whether an actor described by Subsection (c) reasonably believed that the use of deadly force was necessary, a finder of fact may not consider whether the actor failed to retreat.

What are the laws involving alcohol and carrying a concealed weapon in Texas?

You must not consume alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine while carrying a concealed weapon. Texas Penal Code §46.035 states it is unlawful for an individual who is intoxicated to carry a concealed handgun. The Penal Code defines “intoxicated” as not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance in the body.

If you have a concealed handgun license, you may not carry in a place of business that derives 51% or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on premises consumption. USA Carry always recommends never to carry a firearm while drinking alcohol.

Does Texas have laws for No Gun signs?

Yes, No Gun signs have the force of law. Private property owners may exclude license holders from carrying concealed handguns on their property by providing notice as provided in Section 30.06, Texas Penal Code. If you wish to prohibit license holders from carrying concealed handguns on your property, §30.06, Texas Penal Code requires you to post specific signage. The sign must be in both English and Spanish, must include the specific language described by law, must appear in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height and be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.

DPS does not furnish or sell these signs. You may print or purchase the signs from your local printing company. See Texas Penal Code §30.06, for the exact required language.

Does my military training exempt me from the eight hour training course for a Texas Concealed Handgun License?

Yes, you can be exempt from the training requirements for a Texas Concealed Handgun License if you are currently servicing in or are honorably discharged from the:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Marine Corps of the United States
  • Auxiliary Service or reserve unit of one of the branches listed above.
  • Texas military forces

Are you allowed to carry concealed in Texas State Parks, State & National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, and/or Road Side Rest Areas?

State Parks: Yes
State Forests: Yes
National Forests: Yes
WMA’s: Yes
Road Side Rest Areas: Yes

What are the Texas Open Carry laws?

Please visit our Texas Open Carry page for more information.

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9/23/2015 – Format updated along with all information.

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  • Bigsranch

    Strangely, while you are still required to show your CHL to LEO when asked, there is no penalty if you do not – as of Sept 2009.

    Many changes are in the legislature for 2011, including allowing campus carry, and carry at sporting events.

  • Paramedicjordan

    Needs to be updated. New laws have been changed

    • Pocketdrummer

      Such as?

      Also, to the guy below, the Campus Carry bill was squashed in the TX Congress primarily by Straus.

  • Hawg06softail

    I am going to fly to Austin soon. I have a valid NY CC permit as well as Utah non-resident permit. Do I need to notify or apply for permission to bring a handgun with me?

  • Mike

    On a Houston gun talk show it was stated that Texas does not honor non-resident Utah permits any longer. Is that true or do you know if that is being looked at by the State.

  • Jerry A.

    You need to update this site.  For some time now the requirement “6. Not be delinquent in paying fines, fees, child support, student loans, etc.” is no longer required.  It was always unconstitutional but they removed this a couple of years ago.

    • Glockrepair

      the only thing that changed is the student loans…The other fees such as child support still must not be delinquent so make sure you know what you are talking about when you post..

  • Greg13

    Does anyone have a non-resident permit?? The first steps in applying online is your “texas drivers license number”.. obviously, a non resident wouldnt have this.

    Also, it asks for county or township you are applying for.. as a non-resident, it wouldnt matter..

    I tried the website and the help line.. both are not in service!

    thanks fellow gun lovers

    • Ricky

      Did you ever figure this out? I am trying to get my first gun, but I have an IN driver’s license. Just want a .22 rifle. I’m living in Texas because I’m going to school, so technically I guess I am a temporary Texas resident. Any advice?

      • JS

        You don’t need a CCW permit to purchase or possess a .22 rifle, unless you’re planning to carry it concealed which seems awkward.

    • DAGwyn

      No, it’s for the other state’s DL (but omit any hyphens). The “Texas D/L” item is a clickable link that takes you to the Texas resident page.

  • MrNerfnee

    Be very careful when applying for a non-resident permit.  Texas just cost me $72 because it was NOT clear that the training MUST be conducted in Texas, and the fingerprints MUST be taken in Texas as required by Federal law.  The application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, and I have a course from Wisconsin that Texas will NOT honor.  Gotta read the FINE print, and wade through the legasese.  Sign me disgrunteled.

    • JS

      The federal law comment about fingerprints having to be done in that specific state isn’t true, it may be a Texas requirement, but it’s not a federal one. There’s no such thing. For example, my AZ non-res permit was sent in with fingerprints taken by a Sheriffs office in MO.

  • Guest

    I just ETS’d out of the military and moved to Texas, was stationed in GA, I got a GA CCW while stationed there does Texas require me to obtain a Texas CHL once I become a Texas resident or can I continue to carry with my Georgia license?

    • TexasTemplar

      according to the reciprocity map, yes, Texas recognizes the GA CCW for Texas carry

    • David Brouwer

      If you have been out for less then a year the CHL in Texas is free and you don’t have to take the class, you might want to get one if your going to be living in Texas.

      • M


        • David Brouwer

          If you are active duty military or have been discharged within the last year your CHL is free, and there is no renewal class.

    • M


      • WCDUB

        I think you have it right,but How can I find out for sure?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nelson.swiger Nelson Swiger Jr.

    Because anyone can now carry a concealed weapon in their car, you do not have to show our CHL when you are asked for your lic. 

    • Ronsmith

      No, Texas does NOT require you show your CHL if asked for your drivers license.  However it isn’t a bad idea to display both licenses.  Once they run your license, they will know anyway.

      Before, it was required and if you failed to do so they could take your CHL away.  That has changed now.  Kind of a Catch 22 before as you could carry in your vehicle without a CHL, so why even bother to get one because they could in theory claim you didn’t show your license.  Now, it doesn’t matter.

      • emartin

        You must show your permit if stopped only if you are carrying. If the police ask you for your DL and you are carrying then that is when you MUST show your CHL.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1723932562 Joseph Martin

        Don’t know where you got that information, but yes you do have to show your chl if your carrying even if not on your body. And if your ok with just carrying in your car then no you don’t need a chl. But the point of a chl is to carry on your person at all times to have readily available because you may not be in you may not be in your vehicle when you need it most.

  • Mikey Jr.

    I have a NC CHP i am moving to TX in a couple months. Do anyone know if i have to wait the 6 months before i can switch my CHP over from NC to TX.

    • Tman54321

      no wait after residense change and obtaining Texas DL  you will have to take  classroom instruction Shooting test and prints /photos and send app to state

      • David Brouwer

        Don’t need the photos any more they are using DL or state issued ID photos now.

  • Guest

    Looks like the info is correct on Texas Permits honored, but the colors are reversed.  Red States on this map are states that DO NOT Honor Texas Permits.  The legend incorrectly shows Red as States that Honor Rexas Permits.  Anyway, I neither buy, shop, nor do business with such states, or buinesses located in them if I can avoid it.  Good site here though. 

  • Ksrh1822

    If I have my CHL permit for NC and I’m moving to TX, do I have to take the 8 hour class over again or it that transferable?

    • Tman54321


      • Tman54321

        yes to class  NON-Transferrable  All parts must be completed in texas

  • jlo0718

     can i  carry concealed in Texas with a Virginia Non-Resident Concealed Handgun

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JF767RK7XTDJS6PBXWGKHFHM6Y Elias

      I’m from Texas, can I apply to carry a Florida concealed hand gun permit/licenses for   seven (7) years.  seven (7) years.
     I’m from Texas, can I apply to carry a Florida concealed hand gun permit/licenses for   seven (7) years.
      seven (7) years.

    • officert

      yes i live in ny and did

    • NufSaid

      Res Permits Only:
      Colorado, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina

      • JS

        What it means is that Florida only recognizes Resident permits from other states. Not that he can’t apply for a FL permit. He CAN get a FL non-resident permit that will be good in TX.

        • JS

          Personally though, I’d go with the AZ non-res permit, unless I were doing business in FL and specifically needed that one to cover me in FL.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JF767RK7XTDJS6PBXWGKHFHM6Y Elias

    I’m from Texas, can I apply to carry a Florida concealed hand gun permit/licenses for   seven (7) years.

  • HisMrs2008

    If i get an Oklahoma permit, does Texas honor that, or do i have to get another for Texas? My husband is active duty military, our home of record is Oklahoma but he is stationed in Texas.

  • graham

    im in the army stationed in korea going to be stationed in texas how do i apply for a ccw permit how do i get fingprints to send in

  • Uplandhunter333

    If I get a concealed carry permit in Texas using a revolver in class can I then carry a semi-auto such as a Ruger LCP or must I use a semi- auto to be able to carry one?

    • http://www.facebook.com/rose.bolt.5 Rose Bolt

      No. You must certify with a semi-auto to carry a semi-auto. Now, you CAN certify with a semi-auto and carry a revolver, but NOT the other way around.

      • Kerry

        Not anymore you can qualify with and revolver and carry either one as of Sept 1,20

    • Kool Bear

      What is category on your license? SA or NSA
      NSA= only handguns that are not semi-automatic
      SA= all handguns, whether semi-automatic or not

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      If you qualify on a revolver, then revolvers are all you can carry unless you re-qualify using a semi. My CHL is NSA.

    • FAST DFW

      If you qualify with a revolver, then you can only carry a revolver. The CHL is then issued as a NSA or “non Semi Automatic” license. If you qualify with a semi-auto, you can carry either a semi-auto or a revolver. Best way to go is qualify with a semi-auto, get your SA CHL, then carry whatever you want.

    • jq2intx

      Gov. Perry signed a change to the law which goes into effect on 9/1/2013 that will allow you to carry either a revolver or semi-auto. No matter which one was used to qualify with.

    • M


  • clifford

    I have a mi ccw does it transfer over to a tx ccw or do I need to go to class again

    • Daniel Lizotte

      Texas does honor a Michigan CCL. You just have to learn and abide by Texas law or any other state that honors a Michigan CCL.

  • Eric

    I have read all of the below but am still confused on my situation. I own 2 houses, 1 in Oklahoma and 1 in Texas. I am in the process of getting a Texas driver’s license and making my primary residence Texas. I currently have an Oklahoma carry permit. Will i have to get a Texas carry permit or since I am also a “resident” of Oklahoma, just keep my Oklahoma permit valid? Thanks.

  • rhino2104

    I heard that you do not need to complete the required training if you were active duty military. I was wondering if this was true and if veterans that recently ETS’d from the military were covered under this as well or if veterans would need to complete the required training.

  • Jesus

    If I get a license in Texas, will Colorado recognize it if I’m not a permanent resident of Colorado?

    • Daniel Lizotte

      No, You have to be a resident in Colorado.

  • greg dorrell

    what is considered a clean criminal history i thought as long as youve never been convicted of a felony you could get one

  • e l n

    i have a Fla cow if i was visiting Texas can i carry conceal

  • Rick

    I move to Texas in 2008. I have a CCl from Idaho and want to re-New in Texas, what is the proceedure to do so?

    • M


  • http://www.facebook.com/txchevy86 Bethanie Mixon Larson

    I have moved back to Texas from Tennessee but have obtained a carry permit while in Tennessee. Will this transfer to Texas, meaning will I have to take the class again or just beable to pay fees to have Texas permit issued

  • Txchevy

    I have moved back to Texas from Tennessee but have obtained a carry permit while in Tennessee. Will this transfer to Texas, meaning will I have to take the class again or just beable to pay fees to have Texas permit issued

    • DonF48

      Tennessee will only issue to residents of Tennessee, so yes Texas will honor the Tennessee license until it expires. SInce you have probably given up residence in Tennessee, you would not be very likely to get a renewal of the Tennessee license. SO it looks like the only choice available to you is to after your license expires is to file for a Texas CHL as either a resident or nonresident.

      • Tennboy

        DonF48, So basically you are saying that Texas will honor the Tennessee permit for it’s duration even though I now have a Texas DL. I also recently moved to Texas from Tennessee. In Tennessee they will honor an out of state permit for six months. This information is available on their website. I have been unable to find such information on any Texas site. If you post a link to this I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks

        • DonF48

          In my opinion, the key point is “What does Tennessee law say concerning CHLs originally issued to citizens who, during the duration of the license term, have moved out of state and are no longer CLAIMING citizenship in Tennessee?”
          Texas will honor the license if Tennessee will. that is my understanding but I am in no way giving legal advise. If anyone knows differently, jump in please.

        • izzzzk

          YOU CAN’T EVER use ANOTHER STATE’S CCW license while INSIDE the state of your legal residence.Basically if your driver’s license is for state A. You must have state A’s CCW While you’re in state A.

          • WCDUB

            I think this is incorrect.Where do I find the information that supports your claim?

          • Nate Opgenorth

            Wrong. A ton of Texas residents have Virginia non-resident CHP’s not to mention the hundreds of thousands with Florida and Utah permits as there sole carry permit in a state that recognizes those permits.

  • V8

    Looks to me all these laws are designed specifically to discourage people from even thinking about guns so much red tape…

    • jon400

      In Texas it takes about three weeks to receive a CHL. Your initial request is on line with the Department of Public Safety. After you are registered, you make an appointment with a company that electronically processes fingerprints and performs the background check. You must undergo classroom training and perform a live firing of 50 shots on a firing range. You send your approved certificate from your instructor to the Department of Public Safety and wait several weeks for your CHL to arrive. Every thing in the process is designed to weed out the unqualified and to insure that the person applying for the permit fully understands the many Texas laws concerning fire arms safety and the when fire arms may be used. A CHL in Texas is not a license to shoot people. Texas has very strict gun laws. Many people who held a CHL in Texas are serving time for violation of gun laws and/or the Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground Laws of Texas.

  • Marshall1911

    I do not have my TX CHL yet but plan on traveling to the casino in oklahoma. Can I legally have the pistol in my car once I cross into the oklahoma state line?

    • chenzhen420

      yes you can. the car is an extension of your home.

  • Texas Girl

    Does anyone know if I can Qualify in TX with a 32 pistol? I am getting conflicting information from two different CCL Schools here! One says 32 minimum, the other says 380 minimum.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      A .32 is the minimum. I qualified w/ a .38 Special.

  • JOhn

    Is a Texas non-resident permit required along with the reciprocity agreement with Virginia?

    • DonF48

      Not sure I understand your question, but Texas and Virginia have reciprocity agreements with each other, meaning that you could carry in Texas with a Virginia CHL and a carry residence in Virginia, but you would be bound by Texas law and not Virginia law.

    • DonF48

      The distinction is that, if you held a nonresident license in Virginia, you could not carry in Texas.
      That is my understanding.

  • DJ

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    If I have a Colorado Permit, but move to Texas do I have to change my permit?

  • james

    i live in texas but i have a florida non-resident chl is it still good in texas

  • jhlee54

    I have a ccw from Arizona, now that I am a Texas resident do I have obtain a ccw from Texas or can I continue using the one from Arizlona?

    • M


      • izzzzk


        • James Rodgers

          You can use it, I am an officer.

  • Name

    I have a conceal permit out of North Carolina. I am station at Fort Hood, Texas but I am deployed and my North Carolina conceal carry permit has expired. Can I get them renewed in Texas so I don’t have to make a trip to NC Thanks.

    • DonF48

      I don’t know about NC law but in Texas, if your license lapses for a certain period of time (I believe it is one year), then you start the entire process over as a new applicant.
      you can file as a non-resident of Texas and when you go back to NC, your Texas License would be granted the same reciprocity rules as any Texan travelling in NC. The benefit there is that the CHL fee for active duty personnel is free in Texas. You would still be required to take the Texas training which is not free(generally $50 to $100). If you want a NC license, you would need to consult NC law.

  • joe

    I work for the DOD and have to go through yearly small arms qualification/training. will my certification from the department of defence cover my training ?

  • roy

    this means that if i rented a car in new york state ,not city, if i was carrying i could be arrested or fined?

  • John

    How is it that these laws are not an infringement on one’s second amendment right?

    • Heartland Patriot

      How is it that you aren’t complaining on the comments page for a state that completely blocks the rights of its citizens?

  • capuyo

    can i get a CHL with a maryland certificate?

    • DAGwyn

      Yes, if nonresident, but the MD certificate is irrelevant.

  • Tara

    I am a Texan. Is it legal to take the Florida CHL course here in Texas – get the Florida CHL license here in Texas .. and it is legal since I am in Texas getting Florida CHL??

    • DonF48

      There are several conditions that affect your ability to do that. First, you can get a CHL in either Texas or FLorida as either a resident or non resident of either state, and reciprocity rules allow you to carry in the state other than where you permit was issued, provided that you follow the laws of the state you are in. however, it seems to me that the Florida laws governing the license may have different requirements than the State of Texas so Florida would probably not accept the training you got in texas.

      In short, if you are in Texas and don’t already have the training From Florida, you may want to file in Texas for a non-resident permit. The problem is that when you go back to Florida, you will be required to follow Florida law and not TExas Law. So you will need to be well versed in both conditions. And further, you may have to take the Florida training when you want to transfer your license to Florida.

      Remember that this is my opinion, based on my training

    • DonF48

      Understand that my comment about residence means that you need to decide which state you are a resident of and then meet the residency requirements for that state.
      the choice is entirely up to you.

    • Trevor Mangus

      I used to have both years ago, only Texas now, but you can . The only advantage, even years ago was reciprocity, there used to be states that honored Florida but not Texas and vice versa , But most are covered now. Check the map for coverage and see if it is worth it to have both

  • USACarry

    And that is what the maps above show.

  • double d

    I have a Arizona ccp and will be traveling through Texas
    do they recognize my permit

    • DonF48

      Texas has reciprosity with Arizona but you must comply with Texas law, which does not allow open carry. But, yes, Texas will recognize your permit.

  • Charlie Russell

    I am traveling to Ohio and wondering if I need to do anything before getting there or carry on as usual?

  • cfbullrider

    if I was convicted of a class B Misdemeanor how long do I have to wait tell I can get my CHL

    • Jesse B

      5 Years

  • mcpo

    How long after completing Concealed Carry Course do I have to apply for the license (original first time)?

  • Jo Anne

    Is there any way to find out if someone has applied for a CCW?

    • Jesse B

      The only way to be identified as having a concealed carry is if law enforcement request it due to legal requirements. Joe public cannot find out if you have a CCW or not.

    • Heartland Patriot

      Sorry, MAIG and The Brady Campaign have tried for years to get Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and several other states to divulge this info. Not happening.

  • Pac11

    I’am new at this and i wanted to know what do I need to do to get a carry and concealed license for a handgun in texas?

  • Guest

    I have been an official resident of Texas for a little less than a month. Am I eligible to receive my CHL if I meet the other requirements? In other words is there a time limit that you have to live here before you apply if you can prove residency|?

    • Jesse B

      As of the last update to the Concealed law in Texas, the 6 month time frame required has been removed. You are eligible immediately upon becoming a Texas resident.

  • Carley Thompson

    I have a GA CCL, I received this while on active duty. I can no longer carry in GA because I have a TN drivers licenses and no longer have a military ID. Can I carry in TX with a TN drivers licenses and GA permit or do I need to get a TX drivers licenses?

  • toby

    I noticed that it said delinquent in child support payment but my question is that I do pay child support but I’m not behind in any payments, I have a clean record and meet all the requirements but does paying child support disqualify me or is that only if you are behind in child support? I live in Texas by the way. Any help would be grateful.

    • Jesse B

      It only counts against you if you are delinquent. Just paying child support has no bearing on a CCW permit.

  • Larry

    I have a cc permit in wi and volunteer at a Texas State Park for three months a year. Does Texas give reciprocity to wWi. holders?

  • mom

    What age qualifies as a senior citizen as far as the fee for the license goes?

  • Mike

    My license has been expired since 2010, can I still renew??

  • Jay Prather

    I plan to travel back home (Texas)for a bit, maybe a m,onth or so. I am currently in Maine, where we have ccw as well as open carry if you dont feel like paying 35.00 to the state or town. Loks like Texas has a problem with 3-4 states here and Maine is one of them. I dont want to go a month without my firearm but Texas doesnt like our ccw,s for whatever reason. Any opinions on how to stay straight but still exercise my 2nd amendment rights and not have Texas crap all over them?

    • brentondadams

      Get an AZ non resident permit.

  • Hudsoner

    I am in Texas for a few days. I do have a Wisconsin CCpermit. I do not want to leave my gun in the hotel or the car, how can I carry it?

  • Rick Beard

    Do military members have to take a certified CHL course before obtaining a Texas CHL?

    • Jesse B

      Yes. You have to take the 4 to 6 hour course. If you have a M9 qualification sheet, you can forgo the range portion of the CHL course.

      • Rick

        Thank you. Now another question is does it cost for military? I have seen different things contradicting each other.

        • Jesse B

          Military does have to pay because the classes are not offered by DPS, they are only offered by private companies. Most places have a discount for military. The best deal I’ve seen has been Murphy’s CHL training. They charge $50 for military. That’s who I used.

  • dunk

    I have a life time carry permit from Indiana, moved to Texas. can the permit be transfered

    • M


  • Hiram Rodriguez

    This sucks I have a CCW from OHIO but Texas won’t honor it….. so now I have to take class again and pay $$$ again….

  • Hiram Rodriguez

    This should be honor in all States that allow to carry , I understand all States have there own regulations and in some more restrictions but geshh you will think TEXAS been a big state and honors PA but won’t honor OHIO….

  • manny

    Currently a Connecticut resident with carry permit. What are the requirements to successfully obtain a Texas non-resident permit? Concerns with what I read re: TR-100 or proficiency class even for renewals in the future, if I’m understanding this right. Does non-residents have to go to Texas to certify proficiency upon the renewal of the permit? (Sorry for the 20 questions here!)

  • kendall dodge

    if i have had nothing but a driven with a surpended driver license in the last 10 year should i be abble to get a chl

  • Philippine Boy

    i’m Only 3 yrs here in U.S holding permanent residence card how can i get a carry gun license

  • Philippine Boy

    someone help me how can i get curry Gun license please, what i gonna do i’m only 3 yrs here in U.S and permanent resident card holder

  • mike_smith

    I’ll assume the States that do not honor Texas’s CHL are responsible for protecting me from harm while I am in their state, right? (I’m being facetious) I wonder if that could be a successful lawsuit?

  • MightyA1

    4 years ago I was arrested with theft a class B misdemeanor charge, after going through the court process and getting a good lawyer. AND learning my mistake. the plead was “Nolo Contendere” I got it reduced to class C misdemeanor and then dismissed. I got a 3 month “Deferred Disposition” and that was it. I want to start carrying now but have done research and read that you have to wait 5 years if you have a class B misdemeanor in your record. I also have a juvenile record but I don’t think that should disqualified me I’m not to worry about that. i am worry about paying 200 dollars for everything to get the CHL and then not getting approved for that class c charge. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks!
    Here is what my record shows.

    Events & Orders of the Court
    1. THEFT <$500
    Unreported Or Unknown
    1. THEFT <$500


    08/13/2010 Probable Cause Affidavit
    Result: Reset
    03/10/2011 Plea/Sentencing (8:30 AM)
    Result: Dismissed
    03/10/2011 Motion To Dismiss

    1. THEFT <$50
    Nolo Contendere
    1. THEFT <$50

    03/10/2011 Case Filed
    cc+200.00 fine; 3 months dd. per
    03/10/2011 Deferred Disposition
    3 months dd. sg

    • a3cntryboy

      If at all possible could you let me know what you find out about this like you said I dont want to be out that much money for nothing.

  • Diania

    I have Wisconsin Concealed Carry license and Utah concealed carry, can I move to Texas and become a resident and still carry? Or do I need a Texas license to have concealed carry?

  • mrl3

    What can I legally do with my weapon if I am carrying and I decide to go pick up my child at his after school care at the school.

  • txbuckeye

    With ccw from TX what permit is required while traveling in and through Ohio?

  • texas ccw

    I have a CCW and will be traveling to Colorado since it does not recognize texas licenseif I get pulled over wIll I get in trouble for having it in my car

  • Rhiannon Sylvander

    I have my CCL for Wisconsin and Utah, will the Utah one work in Texas, or do I need to get one for Texas too?

  • Shut up and read

    My husband has his CWP from SC, but he also took another class that makes him legal to carry in 40 other states, including Texas. We recently moved to Texas, so does he need to transfer his permits or what do we do.

  • cancun129

    I have a concealed weapons permit in Florida and I now live in Texas. Do I have to take the class all over again in Texas?

  • Phil

    I have an out of state pa ltc & a nh ltc and live in ma with a resident ltc. I am going to Houston tx for 2 weeks. Can I bring my handgun with me?

  • Phil

    The nh ltc is non resident too like my pa ltc

  • izzzzk

    Is the Texas chl a TRUE ” weapon ” license, or is it limited to handguns only?
    Is it legal to carry inside an eatery that sells alcohol if I’m not sitting IN the designated “bar ” section?

    Can i carry ANY CALIBER? 44M? (BFR even makes 30-30 and 30-06 revolvers) .
    Is there a limit on barrel length?
    Limit on amount of ammo carried for reloading?
    If I’m in a car with a CCW and a concealed gun. But my wife next to me doesn’t hhave a CCW, is she at risk of breaking the law because she’s within “reasonable reach “???

  • BLD

    I am experiencing problems downloading the application and/or accessing the online. Help!

  • QT

    I will be in Texas for a few days. I do have a Wisconsin CC permit. I do not want to leave my gun in the hotel or the car, how can I carry it?

  • rmguzman

    I have a MO concealed permit. I will be driving through OK and into TX to San Antonio. I know OK honors my permit. But I’m not sure about Texas.

  • Sue Wright

    I got my CCW permit in Ohio in 2004 after I completed the required training and qualification. Our county sheriff’s department did a background check. In reading the MOA between Texas and Ohio regarding reciprocity, Texas is authorized to recognize the validity of a nonrsident ccw license if the the Texas AG determines that a background check was done through NCIC and FBI III, but only after March 23, 2015. Why won’t Texas recognize my 2004 license even though a thorough background check was done in Ohio in 2004 and 2 renewals since then? I should think pre-2015 permits would be grandfathered into the agreement. Doesn’t seem very fair to me that only new permit holders would be honored over my 13-year carry history that’s been background checked 3 times already.

  • John Gilcrease

    Can u have prescription narcotics, Xanax / tramadol / adderal / and another pain narcotic and still have a valid Ccw ? These all r taken on a regular basis

  • Leroy Brown

    Can a convicted felon who has a full pardon procure a CC permit? It is legal to buy firearms according to the ATF but what I want to know is…can it be carried open or concealed. It has been over 55 years since the felony conviction.