Texas License To Carry Training

Course Description: The mandatory course you have to take to get a License to Carry in Texas. Prior to 2016 this was known as the Concealed Handgun License (CHL).

This course is part of the core curriculum of the 40 hour Defensive Pistol Skills Program.

Topics: state and federal laws on gun ownership and use of force, non-violent conflict resolution, post-incident legal and psychological issues, safe storage of guns in the home, use of restraint holsters for open carry, written and live-fire exams.

Cost: varies by instructor, multiple options/locations

For prices and upcoming course dates, check the schedule page.

Length: five hours

The classroom portion will take a minimum of 4 hours and will cover the Texas Penal Code, the LTC law, use of force, conflict resolution and safe storage of firearms.

Prerequisites: Required: previous handgun shooting experience, or Basic Pistol 2 or equivalent.

Students with no prior shooting experience, or who believe themselves incapable of passing the shooting test without coaching should NOT attend KR Training LTC/CHL classes without first completing a Basic Pistol course. Students are expected to have the skill to pass the LTC shooting test on the first try. Students failing the shooting test may be asked to reshoot after the course has completed or return for remedial firearms instruction prior to reshooting the LTC test.

Not sure whether your skills are good enough to take the LTC course?

This article can help you determine if taking Basic Pistol 2 prior to LTC is appropriate.

Our Basic Pistol 2 class is a great pre-LTC skills tune up course, particularly for those with no prior formal handgun training. It provides an opportunity to practice the different parts of the LTC shooting test, improve your shooting, learn the safe gun handling standards expected by most formal training programs, and more!

Start the license application process online with DPS.

Required Equipment: a handgun (.32 cal or larger), 100 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, and a black pen.

Optional Equipment: See the general policies page for suggestions on food, drink, clothing, etc.

Taught by: Staff

Facility: Varies, depends on instructor, check schedule for details

Times: Varies, depends on instructor, check schedule for details

Additional information:

Frequently asked questions about Texas LTC are answered here.

Looking for an LTC class in the Bryan area? We recommend Dave Burdett @ Burdett and Sons (979) 695-2807. Their classes are typically on the 3rd Friday and Saturday of each month.

Also recommended in the Bryan area: BCS Concealed Carry

In the Bastrop/Lockhart area: Schaefer Training Academy

If you have questions about the CHL process, contact us or contact DPS: (click here to go to the DPS Website)

Texas Department of Public Safety
5805 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78752-4422 
P O Box 4087
Austin, Texas
(512) 424-2000

Need a 'change of address' form? Download DPS form CR-70 here.

Trying to decide what kind of pistol to buy? Read our Handgun Selection Guide.

Here's a video of how to shoot the LTC qualification test.