Texas CHL Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to several common questions about the Texas Conealed Handgun License:

What are the requirements for obtaining a license?
Once I submit my application, when should I expect to receive my license?
How long is a license valid?
I am a legal resident alien, can I get a license?
Can others find out if I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun?
If I move or change my name, how do I change the address or name on my license?

 

What are the requirements for obtaining a license?

Please refer to the CHL elegibility page for detailed requirement information.

Once I submit my application, when should I expect to receive my license?

DPS will make every effort to issue your license within 60 days of receiving the completed application packet. If the application is incomplete or additional information is required to complete the background check, you will be notified in writing.

How long is a license valid?

Initial licenses are valid for four years. Renewal licenses are valid for five years. The license will remain valid as long as you continue to meet all the eligibility criteria.

I am a legal resident alien, can I get a license?

It depends. A resident alien who has been admitted to the U.S. under an immigrant visa category will generally be eligible for a concealed handgun license. However, under federal law, an alien who has been admitted to the U.S. under a non-immigrant visa usually is not qualified to purchase a handgun and thus is not eligible for a license. If you legally reside in Texas and were not admitted to the U.S. under a non-immigrant visa, you may be eligible.

Can others find out if I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun?

Information about persons who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun is confidential and may not be disclosed to an individual. However, upon proper request by a criminal justice agency, DPS must disclose to the agency whether or not a named individual is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. Disclosable information includes the license holder's name, date of birth, gender, and zip code. DPS must notify the license holder about the request and provide him/her the name of the agency making the request.

If I move or change my name, how do I change the address or name on my license?

You must contact the DPS Concealed Handgun Section to receive a change of address form, or you may send a letter including your full name, CHL number, old address and new address (or status) and a cashier's check or money order for $25. You may call 1-800-224-5744, write Texas Dept. of Public Safety Concealed Handgun Licensing Bureau, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, Texas, 78773 or online using this link: Click Here