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The License to Carry a Handgun service allows you to apply for, renew, or check the status of a handgun license or instructor certification online with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Before you begin, please read the Texas Handgun Licensing Laws and Selected Statutes (download Adobe Reader). For detailed eligibility requirements, please refer to Texas GC §411.172.

What You Need

  • Valid driver license or identification card,
  • Current demographic, address, contact, and employment information,
  • Residential and employment information for the last five years (new users only),
  • Information regarding any psychiatric, drug, alcohol, or criminal history (new users only),
  • Valid email address, and
  • Valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express)

This online service is provided by, the official website of Texas. The price of this service includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State.

New Users

Apply for:
  • A new License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)
  • A new Instructor Certification (for those who want to teach LTC training courses)

NOTE: Please carefully review the checklist for any additional documentation which may be required to complete your application.

Once you have completed your application, you can upload required documentation at:


Returning Users

  • Retrieve a saved application
  • Renew your License or Instructor Certification
  • Change your address
  • Report a lost/stolen license
  • Check the status of a current application
  • Reprint a receipt
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