Concealed Handgun License Class
The state-mandated course required to obtain a Texas License to Carry. The class covers
There is a written test and a shooting proficiency test. Also required, separately, are a background check and fingerprinting. We will guide you through the entire process.
- handgun safety
- the Texas Penal Code
- the Government Code
- restrictions on concealed/open carry
- use of deadly force
- legal responsibilities
- conflict resolution
- handgun storage
- other topics
Please do not bring a single-action .22 revolver.
|Length:||4 hrs + range time|
Both the class and the Proficiency are held at our private classroom/range complex NE of McKinney.
Each student must determine for themselves their eligibility to obtain a Concealed Handgun License.
Please review these requirements closely before registering, as we cannot be responsible for this.
The DPS makes the final determination on these matters.
A person is eligible for a license to carry a concealed handgun if the person:
- is at least 21 years of age (18 for active military)
- has not been convicted of a violent felony
- has not been convicted of a non-violent felony within the last 10 years
- has not been convicted of a Class A or B misdemeanor within the last 5 years
- is not currently charged with the commission of a felony, Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or equivalent offense, or an offense under Sec. 42.01 of the penal Code (Disorderly Conduct) or equivalent offense
- is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or Class A or Class B misdemeanor
- is not chemically dependant (a person with two convictions within the ten year period preceding the date of application for offenses (Class B or greater) involving the use of alcohol or a controlled substance is ineligible as a chemically dependant person. Other evidence of chemical dependency may also make an individual ineligible for a CHL)
- is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun
- has not, in the five years preceding the application, been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or an offense under Section 42.01 of the Penal Code (Disorderly Conduct) or equivalent offense
- is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun
- has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making child support administered or collected by the attorney general
- has not been finally determined to be delinquent in the payment of a tax or other money collected by the comptroller, state treasurer, tax collector of a political subdivision, Alcohol Beverage Commission or any other agency or subdivision
- is not currently restricted under a court protective order subject to a restraining order affecting a spousal relationship
- has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law in the grade of felony
- has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174 or in a request for application submitted pursuant to Section 411.175
- Determine your eligibility.
- Visit the Department of Public Safety website to start the application process and pay your fee
(do not do this on any device without a printer attached). If you are a veteran or over 59, you qualify for a discount. .
In that case, you will have to submit other documentation.
- As you finish the application, you will be shown a page with a bar code. Print this (you will also get that in an email).
- Also, at that time, you will be given the option of scheduling fingerprints. Do that at this time.
It is inexpensive ($10.00) and quick (computerized), and there are several convenient places to have it done.
McKinney CHL at our main site and Sign up for a class. When the class is finished, the instructor will give you a signed form CHL-100.
Put that form, the bar code, and any other items on your checklist into a large manilla envelope, and send it all to the DPS.
- Wait. The average time is three weeks. They process about 2000 each month.
The State of Texas is very supportive of the Concealed Handgun program, and makes it as easy as possible, within the framework of a government agency.
State law sets the eligibility requirements, fees, the content of the course, the written test, the shooting proficiency, and all paperwork, as well
as licensing of individuals to teach the courses.
This is a no-fail course.
The course takes approximately 4 hours to complete, and consists of several modules, covering
- Laws that relate to carrying a handgun
- Laws that relate to use of deadly force
- Handgun use and safety
- Non-violent dispute resolution
- Proper storage practices for handguns
The written test is short, and includes multiple-choice and true-false questions only. Anyone who pays
attention to the presentations should have no problem with it. If necessary, after some review, you can retake it,
but we have never known that to be required.
The shooting proficiency test is done after the written test. It doesn't take long. You will be shooting
at a large target, at a close distance. Few people have any trouble with it, but if necessary, we will work
with you until you can pass it easily. It's just a matter of fundamentals.
Everything will be completed in the same day.