Learn more about CHL eligibility requirements for Austin Texas Concealed Handgun License training at www.texaschl.us

Texas CHL provides eligibility guidelines required for chl certification. Answers to questions about requirements and restrictions of Concealed Handgun License and Concealed handgun laws can be found on our Texas CHL FAQ page

Texas CHL Application Checklist

It is not the responsibility of Texas CHL or it's Instructors to ensure complete application requirements of students or persons seeking to obtain a Concealed Handgun License. Review the application requirements closely before completing your application as your fees are NOT refundable.

Attention Out of State Applicants
Please be aware that all concealed handgun license courses must be taught in Texas.

Please direct any questions about application exceptions or special conditions to the DPS: www.txdps.state.tx.us

A completed application consists of the following:

  • Certificate of Training (CHL-100) Issued by Our Instructor (not required for active or retired peace officers or retired federal officers. Other documentation will be required to show exception status.)
  • Application - Completed online. (Paper applications must be requested from the DPS-CHL Division @ 512-424-7293)
  • 2 Passport Photos - Only Required for applicants without a TX-DL. (signed by both the applicant and the person who took the fingerprints of the applicant) (SIGNATURES NO LONGER REQUIRED BY DPS / JULY-2010)
  • Passport Photo Holder - Completed and SIGNED if using pasport photos.
  • Fingerprint Cards - Transmitted electronically by the Morphus-L1 facility. (exceptions for ink prints as permitted by state statute.)
  • Affidavit of Eligiblity - Completed with online application. (paper affidavits must still be notarized)
  • Affidavit of Knowledge of Laws - Completed with online application. (paper affidavits must still be notarized)
  • Affidavit for Release of Records - Completed with online application. (paper affidavits must still be notarized)
  • Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check or online payment by credit card for the Appropriate Fee Amount
  • Any documentation supporting request of special conditions (ie. military proof of small arms proficiency, documentation showing proof of military active duty or honorable discharge if under 21 years of age, retired LEO, etc.)
  • Previous year's tax return (if applying as Indigent)
  • Sworn Statement by Head of Department (if applying under Peace Officer exception)
  • Retirement Credentials and letter of Good Standing (if applying under Federal Officer exception)
  • Out of State Contacts for Background investigation (if applying under Non-Resident status)

A few tips to help streamline the application process and save time:

  • Take your Photographs to the individual taking your prints if using passport photos - Your photos MUST NO LONGER BE SIGNED by the applicant or individual taking your fingerprints.
  • Complete your application online - This saves time by no longer requiring notarization of affidavits. You will also have to schedule your fingerprint appointment online, as well and will need your PIN# from the online application to complete this process.