Frequently Asked Questions
For a License to Carry Class, do I have to shoot the same gun I plan to carry?
No, there is no such requirement.
If I am planning to take the LTC class, what gun should I buy?
That is a difficult question. The size gun you can conceal depends a lot on your work situation (work from home, work from a truck, work in a large office, etc.), and whatever dress code you may need to conform to (jeans and shirt--tails out, business casual, suit), and even the shape of your body. There are many variables, but a general answer is that a gun small enough for most people to conceal is difficult for most people of lesser experience to shoot accurately. A longer (and preferably heavier) gun has a shorter learning curve (because the longer sight-radius optimizes aiming) and helps dampen recoil, but may not be suitable for concealed carry. Does that mean you need two guns? That depends on your budget, but there are estimates that relatively few people own just one gun, anyway. It would not be uncommon for someone to own both a carry gun and a home defense gun. The home defense gun should then be larger and heavier. If you would prefer to not do that at this time, then plan on spending more time learning to shoot the carry gun well. That means shooting 5-shot groups at a small target at close range, and concentrating on the fundamentals (especially trigger pull), until the groups are small. Then move the target and repeat. When you can hit a paper plate 3 out of 4 times at 3 yards, you should be fine.
What if I fail the LTC class?
You should not be concerned about that. While the written material is somewhat detailed, no one who pays attention to the presentations should have a problem. The passing rate is above 98%. If circumstances should lead you to have some problem, we will work with you after class to help you get there. The shooting qualification is designed for someone who has shot a pistol a few times, and attempted to learn the basic fundamentals. We will work with you on that as well, but if you are worried about it, consider taking one of our pistol classes first. If all else fails, and we can't get you over the goal-line, we will refund your money, but that has never happened yet.
How long does it take to get the license?
While the DPS has 180 days to make a determination, wait times range from 3-6 weeks. No, you don't get it right after the class.
How long is the license valid?
The license expires on your first birthday after the fourth anniversary of issuance, so depending on the date, it would be at least 4 years, and as much as almost 5 years.
Is there a renewal required?
Yes, but you can do it online. Renewals are for 5 years.
If I am a legal resident alien, can I get a license?
If you legally reside in Texas and were not admitted to the U.S. under a non-immigrant visa, or have a Green Card, you may be eligible.
Can people find out if I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun?
That information is confidential, and can only be disclosed to law enforcement agencies.
Will traffic tickets disqualify me from getting a license?
Ordinary traffic offenses (not including DUI or hit-and-run) are Class C Misdemeanors. Only Class B and above within 5 years, and felony convictions, will disqualify you. You do have to be legally qualified to own a handgun. See the eligibility requirements for more details.
If my handgun is equipped with a laser sight or red-dot, am I permitted to use this for the class?
No, per DPS policy. Lasers can be covered with tape.
Why do you need my driver's license number?
That is required for the paperwork we submit to DPS. We also have to verify it the day of class.