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New LTC Applicants:

There are 3 main components required by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to get your Texas License to Carry. 

  1. Classroom Training

  2. Proficiency Demonstration (shooting qualification and range instruction)

  3. DPS LTC Application

Our official Texas DPS approved classroom training, online or in-person, fulfills the 1st requirement. Once the classroom training is completed, the proficiency demonstration needs to be completed. Next is completing the LTC application though Texas DPS.


Continue below for details and instructions on the application process.

DPS LTC Application Steps

Note: The online application can be started before or after you have completed the online LTC/CHL class and proficiency demonstration.

What you will need:

  • DL/ID Number

  • Credit Card/Debit Card

  • Previous addresses for 5 years prior to application.

  • Previous job history for 5 years prior to application, including the business addresses.

  • All previous criminal history. This includes all arrests regardless of the outcome. Dates of charges, county and disposition date will be needed.

  • LTC-100 or LTC-101 Certificate of completion. This is submitted after the application is completed. The LTC-100 is provided after completing an in-person training class.  The LTC-101 is provided after completing the online LTC class. The certificate is not complete however until the proficiency test has been done with an LTC instructor.

Step 1 – Apply Online

Go HERE to begin the Texas DPS license to carry / concealed handgun license application.

Unless you are returning to the site to check the application status, select the “Apply” button under “New Users” at the bottom of the page . 

Once the application has been completed, it is recommended to save a copy of the confirmation page at the end.

You should also receive an email confirmation from DPS. Usually the email address from the DPS will have “RDS” in it, which stands for regulatory services. I have seen these emails go to the spam folder before, so just keep an eye out for it.

Step 2 – Fingerprinting:

All fingerprinting is done through a private company, Identogo. Unfortunately, even if you have been fingerprinted by them in the past, you will still have to go again for the LTC application. In the confirmation email received, there is a link to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting with Identogo. They do not accept walk-ins. You must schedule an appointment and pay ($10).

Signing up through the Identogo website is fairly easy and self explanatory. The one spot that people get confused on is the page that asks for the type of documents you will bring for identification. Read the options carefully. A US State Drivers License is the most common form of ID.

Identogo will then send the fingerprinting paperwork to the state for you. 

Step 3 – Submit LTC-100 / LTC-101 Certificate

The LTC-100 and LTC-101 are the forms received after completing the LTC class either in-person or online. 

These forms should never be submitted to DPS until after the online application has been started with the above steps. It is possible to submit the forms before the application has been started, but DPS will not know what to do with it as there will be no account to attach it to.

Start by going HERE. This link will take you directly to the DPS RSD (regulatory services division) for handgun licensing and LTC-100/LTC-101 submission

Step 4 – Wait!

All that is left now to do is wait. DPS states that applications take up to 60 days to process, however they try to have the process completed within 30 days.

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