Here is the detailed information that many License to Carry applicants ask for.....
How do I apply for a new Texas License to Carry?
1) Complete one of our Texas LTC classes, either TEXAS HANDGUN LICENSE TO CARRY or ENHANCED TEXAS CERTIFIED LICENSE TO CARRY + learn to shoot class to get the CHL-100 Certificate of Training form to submit to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Certificate of Training is valid for 2 years.
2) Complete the license application process through Texas DPS and pay the license fee. DPS prefers you to use their online application process, but you can still submit a paper application. As a part of the online application process, you will also pay for and schedule electronic fingerprinting ($10). It usually takes 30-60 days to receive your license once you have completed the application process through DPS.
What should I expect at a LTC class?
The Texas LTC class is at least 4 hours of classroom instruction plus the time it takes for breaks and to shoot the proficiency test at the range. Total time approximately 6 hours. The classroom instruction will cover the DPS required subjects using Powerpoint presentations, videos and hands-on exercises. There is a standard 25 question written test at the end of the class. The questions are multiple choice and true/false. If you pay attention in class, you should have no problem on the written test.
When can I apply to Texas DPS for a License to Carry?
You can start the license application process with DPS before or after the class. To learn more or start the license application process through the DPS website, click here.
What kind of handgun and ammunition do I need to bring?
The handgun must be .32 caliber or larger semi-auto pistol or revolver in SAFE and RELIABLE working condition. You will need 50-100 rounds of ammunition for the shooting test. NO RELOADED or unboxed ammo can be used for safety and reliability reasons.
How much experience with shooting handguns do I need to have before I take a LTC class?
A student needs to be familiar with his or her handgun and know how to load, operate, shoot and unload the handgun safely before the class. Students with no prior shooting experience, or who believe themselves incapable of passing the shooting test without coaching should take our NEW SHOOTER/INTRO TO SHOOTING, NRA BASIC PISTOL, or CONCEALED CARRY AND HOME DEFENSE FUNDAMENTALS class prior to this class, and gain some experience at a shooting range before taking the LTC class.
Where can I find the official DPS website and resources?
What is the LTC Shooting Proficiency Test?
The shooting proficiency test requires students to shoot 50 rounds of ammunition at a “B-27” human silhouette target. Students shoot 20 rounds from 3 yards, 20 rounds from 7 yards and 10 rounds at 15 yards in specific steps with time to rest in between. For maximum points, students need to shoot most of the 50 rounds into the center 13″w X 18″h area of the B-27 target. A student must score 175 out of 250 possible points to qualify (70%). Don't worry, the shooting test is as safe, stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
A total of 50 shots are fired during the range qualification test. A score of 70% or greater is required to pass, or 175 points out of a possible 250 points.
The target used is a B-27 target, which is a human-shaped silhouette target that measures 45" high and 24" wide. All shooting is from the "ready position" where your firearm is already in a position to fire. If any malfunctions are encountered, the shooter will work through the problem and finish the course of fire. If rounds are held (not fired within the allotted time), the shots will be scored as misses.
• Shots within the 8 ring (red) are 5 points.
• Shots within the 7 ring (blue) and outside the 8 ring (red) are 4 points.
• Shots outside the 7 ring and still on the silhouette are 3 points.
• Shots in the white area are 0 points.
Course of Fire
Stage 1: 3 yard line - 20 shots
A. Five shots fired in a “one shot exercise” - 2 seconds allowed for each shot
B. 10 shots fired in a "two shot exercise" - 3 seconds allowed for each 2 shot sequence
C. 5 shots fired in 10 seconds
Stage 2: 7 yard line - 20 shots
A. 5 shots will be fired in 10 seconds
B. 5 shots will be fired in 2 stages:
1. 2 shots will be fired in 4 seconds
2. 3 shots will be fired in 6 seconds
C. Five shots fired in a “one shot exercise” - 3 seconds allowed for each shot
D. 5 shots fired in 15 seconds
Stage 3: 15 yard line - 10 shots
A. 5 shots fired in 2 stages:
1. 2 shots fired in 6 seconds
2. 3 shots fired in 9 seconds
B. 5 shots fired in 15 seconds
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