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Texas Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

Example Permit:

Issuing Authority:
Texas Department of Public Safety

NICS check: Yes

Cost:
For most Texans, the license will cost $140. But for senior citizens or indigent Texans, the cost is only $70. For active/honorably retired peace officers or active/retired judicial officers, the cost is $25. For elected felony prosecuting attorneys, fee is waived.

Requirements:
To qualify for a Texas CHL you must:
1. Be 21 years old. (Members and former members of the armed forces must be 18.)
2. Have a clean criminal history, including military service and recent juvenile records.
3. Not be under a protective order.
4. Not be chemically dependent.
5. Not be of unsound mind.
6. Not be delinquent in paying fines, fees, child support, student loans, etc.
7. Be eligible to purchase a handgun by completing the NICS check.
8. Complete required training.

More information on the specifics of qualifying are available on the Texas Department of Public Safety site.

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
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. So basically if the LEO asks for your ID, go ahead and give him both.

Automobile carry:
A persons’ own premises or premises under their control, including in their motor vehicle. (Handguns in a vehicle must be concealed.)

Places off-limits when carrying:
Handguns and other weapons cannot be carried at schools or on school buses, at polling places, in courts and court offices, at racetracks, at secured airport areas or within 1,000 feet of the premises of an execution on the day of execution. The law also specifically prohibits handguns from businesses where alcohol is sold if more than half of their revenue is from the sale of alcohol for on premises consumption, and from locations where high school, college, or professional sporting events are taking place. You man not carry handguns in hospitals or nursing homes, amusement parks, places of worship or at government meeting if signs are posted prohibiting them. Businesses also may post signs prohibiting handguns on their premises based on criminal trespass laws. See Texas Penal Code 46.032. (Judges, prosecuting attorneys, peace officers and parole offices should consult Texas Penal Code 46.15 regarding exemptions from the “no-carry” rules of the Penal Code.)

Alcohol and Drugs:
It is unlawful for a handgun license holder to carry a handgun while intoxicated.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Texas is a Castle Doctrine state with a stand-your-ground law.

 

Open Carry:
Prohibited in all public areas under most circumstances.

Localities with Varying Laws:

Forms:

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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

    MGilley327
    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.

  • 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

        TEXAS CHL IS NOT FREE A FEE IS CHARGED AND A 4HR CHL CLASS IS NEEDED.TO RENEW A TEXAS CHL IT CAN BE DONE ONLINE NOW AND NO CLASS HAS TO BE RETAKEN AS OF SEPT 1 2013

        • 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

      TEXAS ACCEPTS RESIDENT AND NON RESIDENT PERMITS.AS LONG AS THERE TEXAS CHL IS ACCEPTED BY WHAT EVER STATE

  • 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

      YES

      • 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
    License?

  • 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
        13

    • 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

      AS OF SEPT 1 2013 IN TEXAS IF YOU QUALIFY WITH A REVOLVER YOUR ABLE TO CARRY A SEMI AND VISA VERSA.ALSO CLASS TIME IS ONLY 4HRS NOW ALSO TO RENEW A TEXAS CHL THERE IS NO CLASS RETAKE JUST RENEW ONLINE NOW

  • 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

      RENEW IN IDAHO AND CARRY IN TEXAS OR START NEW WITH TEXAS CHL TAKE A CLASS AND PAY THE FEE

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

      NO.YOU ARE ABLE TO KEEP USING THE ARIZONA PERMIT

  • 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?

  • 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

      NO IT CANT BE TRANSFERED,IF YOUR PERMITTED STATE ACCEPTS TEXAS PERMIT THEN YOU ARE OK,TEXAS ACCEPTS RESIDENT AND NON RESIDENT PERMITS AS LONG AS THE STATES ARE IN AGREEMENT.YOU WOULD HAVE TO GO THRU THE PROCEDURES OF TEXAS TO GET A TEXAS CHL

  • 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