Texas License to Carry Eligibility and Discounts

  • Military
  • 1st Responder
  • Judge
  • Teacher
  • Jailer
  • Probation
  • Veterans
  • Corrections
  • Prosecutor
  • OnlineTexasLTC.com has made it easy to determine your Texas License to Carry eligibility, training requirements and discounts. This is the only eligibility questionnaire tool that exists for the Texas LTC. 

    Start here to find your eligibility, training exemptions, and discounts!

    Profession

    DPS Fee

    Online LTC Class Cost

    Government Code

    Training Requirement

    Standard Applicant

    $40

    $50

    Juvenile Probation Officer

    $25

    $30

    Online LTC Class Required
    – Exempt from Proficiency Demonstration with LTC-83 Completed

    Supervision Officer

    $25

    $30

    Online LTC Class Required
    – Exempt from Proficiency Demonstration with LTC-83 Completed

    Active Military

    $0

    $30

    Online LTC Class Required
    – May be exempt from Proficiency Demonstration if within last 10 years:
    1) has proof of course of training in firearm proficiency or familiarization; or
    2) proof of a range qualification process for firearm usage

    Active Texas Military Member

    $0

    $30

    Online LTC Class Required
    – May be exempt from Proficiency Demonstration if within last 10 years:
    1) has proof of course of training in firearm proficiency or familiarization; or
    2) proof of a range qualification process for firearm usage

    Veteran (honorably discharged)

    $25

    $30

    Online LTC Class Required
    – May be exempt from Proficiency Demonstration if within last 10 years:
    1) has proof of course of training in firearm proficiency or familiarization; or
    2) proof of a range qualification process for firearm usage

    Active Texas Peace Officer

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-80 Consent Form completed
    – Current copy of TCOLE license
    – Evidence of current employment (agency ID card or HR letter head)

    Active Railroad Peace Officer

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-80 Consent Form completed
    – Provide current copy of certificate of authority issued by the Director of Texas DPS.

    Active Special Ranger of the TX and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Ass.

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-80 Consent Form completed
    – Provide current copy of certificate of authority issued by the Director of Texas DPS.

    Correctional Officer

    $0

    $30

    – Must be currently employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    – Online LTC class Required
    – Exempt from proficiency demonstration
    – Evidence of having satisfactorily completed TDCJ Correctional Officer training program,including demonstration of weapons proficiency
    – HR verification letter that includes Name, Rank, and proof of current employment.

    County Jailer

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class Required
    – Exempt from proficiency demonstration
    – Current copy of County Jailer license and credentials.
    – Evidence of current employment as a County Jailer
    – Evidence of satisfactorily completion of the County Jailer preparatory training program,including demonstration of weapons proficiency

    Honorably Retired Texas Peace Officer

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-84 Affidavit, Or;
    – A sworn statement on agency letterhead from the head of the law enforcement agency

    Retired Railroad Peace Officer

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-96 Affidavit, Or;
    – A sworn statement on agency letterhead from the head of the law enforcement agency.
    – A copy of their certificate of authority issued by the Director of Texas DPS.
    – Provide copy of TCOLE license.

    Retired Special Ranger of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-96 Affidavit, Or;
    – A sworn statement on agency letterhead from the head of the law enforcement agency.
    – A copy of their certificate of authority issued by the Director of Texas DPS.
    – Provide copy of TCOLE license.

    Retired Federal Officer

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-84 Affidavit, Or;
    – A sworn statement on agency letterhead from the head of the law enforcement agency
    – Provide a copy of agency issued retirement credentials

    Former Reserve Law Enforcement Officer

    $25

    $30

    – Online LTC class Required
    – Exempt from proficiency demonstration
    LTC-79 Sworn Statement, Or;
    – A sworn statement on agency letterhead from the head of law enforcement agency

    Active Judge

    $25

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-82 Affidavit, Or;
    – Sufficient evidence that applicant is currently employed as an Active Judge in the State of Texas or as a Federal Judge residing in Texas.
    LTC-83 Sworn statement, Or;
    – Online LTC class completed

    Other Prosecuting Attorney

    $0

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-82 Affidavit, Or;
    – Provide sufficient evidence that applicant is currently employed to prosecute felony cases on behalf of a government agency in the State of Texas.
    LTC-83 Sworn statement, Or;
    – Online LTC class completed

    Felony Prosecuting Attorney

    $40

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration not required
    LTC-82 Affidavit, Or;
    – Provide sufficient evidence that applicant is currently employed to prosecute criminal cases on behalf of a government agency in the State of Texas.
    LTC-83 Sworn statement, Or;
    – Online LTC class completed

    Retired Judge

    $25

    $30

    – Online LTC class and proficiency demonstration required
    – Must submit a retirement statement from the Judicial Retirement System showing retired as a judge serving in the State of Texas or Retired Federal Judge must provide proof of residing in Texas and submit a retirement letter from their court, retirement credentials, or sufficient information retired from a Federal Justice position

    About the Eligibility Questionnaire

    The above tool helps to determine your eligibility to receive a Texas LTC. Answer the questions and at the end you will have an opportunity to purchase the Online Texas LTC class as well. 

    The tool will also let you know of any training exemptions you may qualify for depending on your profession and current qualifications. For example, active duty military and veterans with proof of range qualification within the last 10 years may not need to take the proficiency demonstration (shooting qualification part of the LTC class). The only training required would be the classroom portion of the LTC class. This can be completed with the Online LTC class.

    Depending on your profession, discounts from Texas DPS may be available for the LTC application as well as discounts for the Online LTC class through OnlineTexasLTC.com.  At the completion of the questionnaire above, you will be informed of any discounts available.

    About the Texas License to Carry Online Class

    OnlineTexasLTC.com is an approved online course provider through the Texas Department of Public Safety. The online LTC class fulfills the classroom training requirement to receive your LTC, formerly known as the concealed handgun license. The License to Carry is the official name for what may be referred to as a concealed carry permit or concealed handgun license. Other websites that advertise a concealed carry permit may not be for an official Texas License.

    Instead of sitting in a crowded classroom for 4-6 hours, this online class can be taken from anywhere and at your own pace. Using your computer, tablet or smartphone, this easy to take class is only 4 hours long, plus a quiz at the end. After the online class is completed, meet with any LTC instructor in Texas for the proficiency demonstration (shooting qualification and range instruction portion). Don’t know where to go to meet an LTC instructor? OnlineTexasLTC.com has partnered with Texas LTC instructors all across Texas and we will help locate one for you. 

    Submitting Your Application with DPS

    Submitting the License to Carry application can seem confusing. The Texas DPS website is not the most user friendly and often causes more confusion instead of answering questions. For a complete walk through on submitting your application, including renewals, please go HERE

    Eligibility criteria for a Texas License to Carry is set in Texas Government Code Chapter 411, subchapter H. GC §411.172 states:

    (a) A person is eligible for a license to carry a handgun if the person:

    (1) is a legal resident of this state for the six-month period preceding the date of application under this subchapter or is otherwise eligible for a license under Section 411.173(a);
    (2) is at least 21 years of age;
    (3) has not been convicted of a felony;
    (4) is not charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense, or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense, or of a felony under an information or indictment;
    (5) is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
    (6) is not a chemically dependent person;
    (7) is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun;
    (8) has not, in the five years preceding the date of application, been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense or of an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or equivalent offense;
    (9) is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun;
    (10) has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment administered or collected by the attorney general;
    (11) has not been finally determined to be delinquent in the payment of a tax or other money collected by the comptroller, the tax collector of a political subdivision of the state, or any agency or subdivision of the state;
    (12) is not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interests;
    (13) has not, in the 10 years preceding the date of application, been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law of the grade of felony; and
    (14) has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174.