Concealed Carry Guide

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Texas Handgun License


  • Age of 21 or over, 18 if member of the US military
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class
  • You have not been convicted of a felony or certain types of misdemeanors
  • You have no pending charges
  • You have no protective or restraining orders
  • You have no defaults on taxes, student loans, child support or government fees
  • You are not addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • You do not have certain types of psychological diagnoses
  • Not a member of a street gang
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry license;

  1. Complete a training course with a LCT instructor approved by DPS.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Department of Public Safety for fingerprinting.
  3. Get all your supporting documents, application form, electronic finger prints, certificate of training.
  4. File an online application – What you will need for the online application:
    • 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)
  5. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Handgun Permit application form
Online Handgun Permit application


  • You will be notified by mail 6 months before your license expires.
  • Permits can be renewed for up to 12 months after they have expired.
  • A new permit application must be submitted if the permit has expired for more than 12 months.
  • Renewal applications can be submitted by mail or online.

Mailing Address
Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

Handgun Permit renewal form


New Permits


Acceptable forms of payment
Money Order, Personal Check, and Cashier’s Check


Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Texas gun laws allow for a concealed License To Carry (LTC) for residents and non-residents. Applicants must be 21 or older and have completed a firearms training course (minimum of 4 hours required). Applications are processed at the state level by the Department of Public Saftey. Holders of an LTC are allowed to open carry if the firearm is in a shoulder or belt holster.

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CCW Reciprocity Map


CCW license recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
New York City

Rhode Island – Only permits issued by the Rhode Island Attorney General are honored by Texas.
Ohio – Only Ohio permits issued or renewed on or after 3/23/15 are honored by Texas.


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • It is illegal to carry a concealed gun in plain view
  • Any business that derives 51% or more of its income from the sale of alcoholic beverages
  • Public schools, colleges and universities
  • Premises where a professional or interscholastic sporting event is taking place
  • Law enforcement agency facilities
  • In a church, synagogue, or other place of worship
  • On the premises of a correctional facility
  • In a amusement park
  • Any government court
  • Polling places on day of election
  • At a meeting of government entities
  • At a hospital or nursing home
  • In a secured area of airport
  • Premises of a racetrack
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Texas Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
60 – 180 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 180 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
Nothing in the Texas gun laws says you must inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm. The law does say that if a Law Enforcement officer asks for ID you will need to display your firearms permit and driver’s license or identification certificate.
Texas gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
Anyone who is legally entitled to have a firearm in Texas can carry a loaded handgun in their vehicle but it must be concealed and cannot be on your person. The firearm can be concealed in the glove box, console or hidden from view.
These restrictions do not apply if you have a permit/license. With a license, you can conceal the firearm on your body or open carry.
YES/NO – Without a license
With a license, you can open carry in Texas. If you decide to open carry then the law states the firearm must be in a belt or shoulder holster.These are the only two ways Texas law allows anyone to open carry.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“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.

Texas Legislation

A comprehensive list of laws relating to concealed carry in Texas

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