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The great state of Texas is a “Shall Issue” state where an applicant must be 18 to obtain a firearm, but you must be 18 to purchase a handgun. Texas doesn’t regulate the possession of firearms, no matter your age. You can possess a firearm as long you’re not a felon.

Both non-residents and residents are able to obtain a coneal carry permit with just 4-6 hours of training, provided through a certified course. Open carry is legal if the handgun is in a belt or shoulder holster.

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Requirements to qualify for a Texas LTC license

  • 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);
  • Is at least 21 years of age; or at least 18 if you are a member or veteran of the US Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard or was discharged under honorable conditions.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony;
  • 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;
  • Is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
  • Is not a chemically dependent person;
  • Is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun;
  • 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;
  • is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun;
  • Has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment administered or collected by the attorney general;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • Has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174.
  • Federal Law Requirements

How to apply for a Texas LTC license

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Download the application form or submit an online application.
  2. Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. All fingerprints must be submitted through L-1 Enrollment Services
  3. Applicants must also complete 4 - 6 hours of classroom training and pass a written exam and then pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). The classroom training can be done online.
  4. Once training is completed you must submit a Certificate of Training to the Dept. of Public Safety to complete the application.

If you are making the application by mail send your application to;
Texas Department of Public Safety 
Concealed Handgun - MSC 0245 
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX

NON-RESIDENTS
Out of state residents must supply a color copy, front and back, of your state drivers license or ID card. A proficiency certificate not greater than two years old from a course approved by the DPS. Non-Residents can make applications online or via mail. Application for a Handgun License

How to renew your Texas LTC license

  • Handgun license renewals can be submitted 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license.
  • Renewals can be made up to 12 months after the expiration date of license.
  • Renewal applications made after 12 months from the expiry date will be treated as a new application.
  • From the 1 September, 2013 renewal applicants no longer have to attend a training class.
  • Renewals can be made online
  • You will usually be notified about 6 months before your license expires to renew it.

Schedule of fee's for a Texas LTC license

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Individual $40 $40
Active Judicial or Probation Officer $25 $25
Retired Judicial Officer $25 $25
Active Military/Peace Officer/Correctional Officer/County Jailer $0 $0
Retired Peace Officer/Federal Officer $25 $25
Senior Citizen $40 $35
Veteran (Honorably Discharged) $25 $25

State Fee Schedule

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    Places Allowed

    Allowed

    • State parks
    • State and national forests
    • Road side rest areas
    • Vehicle
    • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

    Places Not Allowed

    Off-limits

    • 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
    • *In a permanent amusement park
    • *On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other place of worship
    • *At any meeting of a governmental entity
    • It is an offense to carry a handgun if the person is intoxicated
    • It is an offense to carry a handgun un-holstered and in plain view
    • Members of criminal street gangs are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun
    • It is an offense to carry a concealed handgun if a person is involved in criminal activity
    • Polling places on day of election
    • Premises of a Racetrack
    • Secured area of airport
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

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    No
    NO In order to open carry a handgun in Texas you will need a LTC license. If you do have a LTC or other state license Texas honors then you can only open carry if the firearm is in a shoulder or belt holster. These are the only ways Texas law allows a person to open carry. The police also have authority to ask for your license to carry when you open carry. Penal code 46.035
    Yes
    YES Any person who can legally possess a handgun can carry it within a vehicle. However, if you do not have a Texas license to carry or a firearms license from another state that Texas honors then the firearm must be concealed in the glove box, console or other area but not on your person. If you do have a LTC license then you can open carry in a vehicle if the firearm is in a shoulder or belt holster. And you can conceal carry in any mode you desire. Penal code 46.02
    Yes
    YES It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES State/National Forests: YES State Game Management Units: YES Road Side Rest Areas: YES
    Yes
    YES “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol. Penal code 46.03
    No
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    YES Texas gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law if they meet certain criteria. There are currently three signs that are legally enforced in Texas to prohibit carrying of weapons, an image of each of the signs is displayed below. Note that any other no weapons signs such as the traditional circle with a line through it are not enforceable or legally binding, the sign must be exactly as those pictured below to be legally enforceable. Any establishment that derives more than 50% of their income from alcoholic beverages is required to post the 51% sign. Even with a LTC license you are not permitted to carry in these establishments.
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    NO There seems to be a bit of confusion here with some websites claiming you need to inform a law enforcement officer you have a weapon. The fact is the law does not mention this and you are not legally required to inform law enforcement you have a weapon. However, the law does require you to hand over your firearm licence and ID if requested to do so by law enforcement. Please watch the video on traffic stops for more clarification. Sec. 411.205 Requirement to Display License

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    Quick Facts

    Open Carry

    No

    Carry In Vehicle

    Yes

    Carry In State Parks

    Yes

    Carry In Restaurants

    Yes

    Constitutional Carry

    No

    No Weapons Signs Enforced

    Yes

    Must Notify Officer

    No
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