FAQ **Please Note a Deposit or Payment is now required for classes.**
- How long is the Class?
Texas Department of Public Safety now (As of Sept. 1, 2013 the course will be 4-6 hours not including the proficiency course (still have to go to the range, about 1 hour and take written exam (about 1/2 hour) total about 6 1/2 hours total). If you are a renewal, you have 6 months prior to your license expiring to go online and renew and no course or shooting is required. (There is still a 1 year grace period to renew your license.)
- What do I need to do to take a Class?
See How to apply or renew.
- What kind of firearm do I need to take Class?
Texas Department of Public Safety requires that a person qualify with a .32 caliber or higher caliber handgun that is a semi-automatic or revolver.
If you qualify with a semi-automatic or a revolver then you can carry a semi-automatic or revolver. **This was amended and became effective as of June 14, 2013 there is no SA or NSA type of license.** You can now qualify with either a semi-automatic or a revolver.
- How many rounds of ammunition do I need to qualify?
Texas Department of Public Safety requires 50 rounds of ammunition.
If you don't qualify on first time you will have two mores chances or up to 150 rounds total.
***Please no reloads*** DPS requires factory ammunition (Winchester, Federal, Remington)
- What distances do we shoot from?
You will shoot 20 rounds from 3 yards. (9 feet)
Then you shoot 20 rounds from 7 yards. (21 feet)
Then you will shoot 10 rounds from 15 yards. (45 feet)
- How much is the class?
See Contact Us.
- Where can I legally carry?
That will be covered in class.
- What states can I legally carry in?
Those states with which Texas has reciprocity with. (See http://www.texas.gov search reciprocal states). This also will be covered in class.
- How old do I have to be to get a Concealed Handgun License?
You must 21 years of age prior to making application with Texas Department of Public Safety, unless you are in the Military then the only difference is the age requirement of between 18 to 21 years of age. You must still comply with all other requirements. However you can take the class prior to age 21(non Military) but will have to wait til age 21 to make application with Texas DPS for a CHL. The CHL-100 is given after the successful completion of class and it is good for 2 years.
- If I pay the State of Texas do I still have to pay for the class?
Yes. The fee for the class is separate from the State's application.
- How much does the State charge?
Generally the charge for the application is $140, Senior citizen is $70 for the first time you make application for a Concealed Handgun License, however a veteran is discounted (you will have to show proof of veteran DD 214) http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/LTC/faqs/index.htm
- How long does it take to get a license from Texas Department of Public Safety?
Texas Department of Public Safety has 90 days to send you the license if meet all requirements, as of now it is between 60 days to the 90 day. However due to the high volume of applicants and renewals it may take a little longer.
- How many people are in your class?
1 - 12
- Do you instruct at other locations?
Yes. I have a laptop, projector and screen and will travel to instruct. If you get a group together I will come to your place, however you will need to secure a range and pay the range fees. See Contact Us.
- Do we have to take a test or tests?
Yes, there are two tests. You are required to qualify with your weapon and the other is a 25 question written test over everything covered in class.
- What is the minimum score for these test?
The State of Texas requires 70% minimum score to pass for both tests (written and handgun proficiency).