Texas is a “Shall Issue” State

The state of Texas concealed handgun licenses law took effect in 1995 which made them what is known as a “Shall Issue” state. Many people want to know more information about this Texas license to carry statute. The fact is that the great state of Texas is a does in fact issue Concealed Handgun Licenses both to residents who live in the state of Texas as well as to non-residents of the state.

Applicants for a Texas license to carry can apply for the license on line. Once an applicant logs on to the website they will be able to fill out the forms available for download. Subsequent to completing the aforementioned forms the applicants will send them by mail to the Texas Department of Public Safety. In addition to finding the forms on line applicants may be able to procure the forms from a licensed instructor.

The address to which the forms should be mailed is as follows:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun – MSC 0245
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

Once the Texas Department of Public Safety receives the form the application will then be processed. It is at this point that the applicant can schedule fingerprinting appointment at a government office designated for that purpose.

As previously mentioned, non-residents may also apply for a Texas license to carry. However, non residents must provide a document  known as a proficiency certificate (TR 100) which that person will receive on completion of an official handgun proficiency course which has been approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety. All approved courses will be taught by a certified instructor. For new licenses, the certificate must have been issued within two years. However, for renewal licenses, the certificate must have been issued within six months.

Non-residents will also have to provide a color copy of your state issued identification or drivers license.