Texas Concealed Carry

This is a summary of Texas concealed carry and firearm laws. We break them down into a question and answer format to make it easier to understand for those of us that aren’t lawyers.

Texas is a Permitless Carry or Constitutional Carry state, which means as long as you meet the following requirements, you can carry a handgun concealed or open in a holster without needing a Texas Concealed Handgun License.

  • at least 21 years old
  • can legally possess a firearm
  • have not been convicted within the past five years of misdemeanor bodily assault causing injury, deadly conduct, terroristic threat, or disorderly conduct (display or discharge) of a firearm

I still recommend getting a concealed carry license which allows you to carry concealed in many other states. For a complete list, go to our concealed carry map.

Texas Concealed Carry Quick Stats:

  • Permitless Carry
  • Permit/License: Texas Concealed Handgun License
  • Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
  • 21 years of age minimum*
  • Valid for 4 Years*
  • $40 Initial / $40 Renewal*
  • Processing Time within 60-180 Days
  • 43 State Permits Honored
  • 35 States Accept Texas*
  • State Population: 29,530,226
  • License Issued: 1,626,242

States That Honor Texas Concealed Carry Permits (Residents Only)

For non-resident permits and other states, click on the image to view our Concealed Carry Maps.

Texas Concealed Handgun License Example

Texas Concealed Handgun License

How to Get Your Texas Concealed Handgun License

  1. Take a Texas CHL Class

    Applicants are required to complete four to six hours of classroom training as well as pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency qualification. The class must be conducted in Texas by a Texas LTC instructor that is certified by the Department of Public Safety.

  2. Check for Discounts

    See if you qualify for any discounts by checking the Texas Concealed Handgun License Fee Schedule.

  3. Apply Online

    For the fastest processing time, use the secure online application form.

  4. Submit Supporting Documents

    Submit all supporting documents through the secure online form.

  5. Schedule Fingerprinting

    After you have submitted your application online, you can schedule your fingerprinting through IdentoGO.

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Go To Another State's Concealed Carry Page

To view a state’s concealed carry permit information click on the state. The state’s color represents whether a state is Shall Issue, May Issue, Constitutional Carry, or Right Denied (We explain each state’s status below).

Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alabama, CaliforniaColorado, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
District of Columbia, FloridaIllinois, Indiana, MinnesotaNevada, New JerseyNorth Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

May Issue to Residents Only:
Delaware, Virgin Islands

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alaska, Montana, Wyoming

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, KentuckyMaine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits:

Right Denied:
American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands


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