NOTE – you may take the course prior to filing your application; however once you start the application process with DPS online you must finish and file within six months. If you take the course you have two years to start and finish the DPS online portion – the six months still begins when you start the online DPS portion.
1st Read the requirements to obtain a CHL - http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/index.htm
2nd Complete the State application- https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/chl/ or
2nd Register and complete the CHL class –
These two steps can be done in either order. After the class you have two years to complete the process. Once you register with DPS the time frame changes to six months.
Click here to register for the class; on the CHL classes' page scroll down to the class you wish to attend, add it to the cart, go to the cart on the left side of the page and pay. The information required to register is gathered during the payment process. We use Pay Pal which accepts banking information or a credit card. If you require the old fashioned method you may send us a check but allow time for it to clear as you are not registered until the check has cleared (click the contact us at the top right of the page for to get our address) and of course we will always take cash (contact us to register if you are paying cash).
3rd Schedule your fingerprints and photos– They will offer you the opportunity to do this in the above DPS application process. Do it then, it will save you time and heartache. Otherwise Schedule here
If you have a Texas Driver’s License or ID card you do not need to get photos they will use the one on file. If not you must get two passport style photos without glasses to send in with your application. Most drug stores provide this service for under $10.
- You must be 21 (18 for Military & Veterans) years of age when DPS receives the full application.
- If you are a citizen of another country you must have a resident visa.
- If you have a Felony conviction with deferred adjudication must wait 10 years to apply unless the charge is for offenses against people, which includes homicide, kidnapping, restraint, human trafficking, sex offenses and assaults or Robbery.
- You may NOT have been convicted of a Class A or B misdemeanor within the last 5 years.
- You may not have been convicted of the Class C misdemeanor for Disorderly Conduct in the last 5 years.
- You may not have been found by a court to be Currently in default on any student loan.
- You may not have been found by a court to be Currently in default on any state or city taxes.
- You may not have been found by a court to be Currently in default on child support.
- You may not presently be charged with a: 1)Felony; 2)Class A or B misdemeanor; 3)Class C Disorderly Conduct.
- You may not be currently under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interest.
- You may not (in the last 10 years preceding the date of application) have been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a penal law of the grade of felony as a juvenile.
- You cannot have made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted to DPS.
- You cannot have been convicted twice within the last 10 years for any Class B misdemeanor, or greater, involving the use of alcohol or a controlled substance.
- You cannot be a fugitive from justice; a chemically dependent person; or a person of unsound mind.