Texas License to Carry

At Elite Firearms Training (EFT), we believe the path of training is never-ending. Start that path for yourself, be empowered to protect yourself, your family and your community. 

Begin your training by obtaining your LTC. Our training is designed to be more than just one-and-done class. We’re here to help you prepare for every day carry.

Texas License to Carry

LTC Applicant Requirements:

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a Texas License to Carry (LTC).
  2. You must have a valid government-issued identification card, such as driver’s license from Texas or another state.
  3. You must meet all qualifications to purchase a handgun.
  4. You must pass an approved classroom or online training course and demonstrate handgun proficiency shooting with a Texas-qualified LTC instructor.
Refer to DPS FAQs for questions regarding licensing.
Document Requirements:
  1. Documentation showing successful completion of an approved gun safety class or training program*.
  2. Your completed application (LTC-78A) for the Texas License to Carry a handgun and any other supporting documents.

Note: In addition to the above requirements, out-of-state applicants must also submit a copy of their state driver’s license or identification card, along with the LTC-6 form. Applicants who are born out of the United States must provide, in addition to the completed application, documents to support their legal status, such as Certificate of Naturalization, Permanent Resident Card, etc.

Issuing Authority:

Texas License to Carry is issued on a non-discretionary (“shall-issue”) basis to all eligible, qualified applicants by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

License Length:

The Texas License to Carry is valid for four years.

License Cost:

Standard condition permits are $40. Retired judicial officers and military veterans are eligible for a discount. (There is an additional fee for fingerprinting.)

  • If you are a felon
  • If you are a fugitive from the law
  • If you are chemically dependent
  • If you have a psychiatric disorder
  • If you have class A or B misdemeanors
  • If you may have Child support debt

EFT employees cannot provide legal advice on Texas license to carry disqualifying factors.

Should you have questions on these disqualifiers it is recommended that you consult an attorney.


Once your completed application and other supporting documents are submitted, the State of Texas has up to 8 weeks from the time they receive ALL DOCUMENTS to process your License to Carry. If it has been over 8 weeks, you can make an online inquiry by clicking here: https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/ltc/ and selecting “Returning User”.



Are you a Texas license holder wondering what states recognize your LTC? You don’t want to drive over state lines, get pulled over, and not have your license honored. While a number of states do honor your LTC, the states not honoring reciprocity are: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. There are also a number of states who honor reciprocity but with restrictions. Make sure to abide by the state’s rules when you travel.


Texas LTC Licenses are valid for four years. After expiration, renewal applicants must use a renewal application form, and the fee schedule is the same as the original application. Renewal applications can also be used for a change in address, reporting a stolen license, checking the status of an application, and to add/remove an At-Risk status. The renewal application can be found at this link: https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/ltc/.