Texas License To Carry Training

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2019:

The simplest way to get your Texas License to Carry (LTC) permit is this:

1) Apply for the permit on texas.gov website

2) Complete the classroom material by taking an online course.
KR Training is affiliated with the Point Blank CHL online course.
If you register for LTC with us, we will give you a discount code for the online class.

3) Attend a Basic Pistol 2, Defensive Pistol Skills 1, or other handgun course with us.
If you have registered with us for LTC training, we will run you through the LTC qualification shooting test during or after the regularly scheduled course.

4) If you are wanting to get your carry permit and you have no prior experience or training with handguns, we strongly recommend that you attend our Basic Pistol 1 class. Our Gun Selection and the NRA's Basic Pistol online courses are also recommended.

We will continue to offer occasional in-person LTC courses (check our schedule), and private weekday training is also available for both the full in-person course and the 2 hour minimum range completion training for the online course.

Details about the in-person course are below.

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
78773-0001
(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.