Concealed Handgun Classes
Classes are held in McKinney. Proficiency will be held at a private range NE of McKinney immediately after the class.
Each student must determine for themselves their eligibility to obtain a Concealed Handgun License.
Please review eligibility 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 a legal resident of Texas for the six month period preceding the date of application
- is at least 21 years of age (18-21 for active military)
- has not been convicted of a felony
- 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 judgement 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
- 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). There are several types of discounts
applicable to the state fee. If you qualify for any, you may have to submit other documentation.
- As you finish the application, you will be shown a page with a bar code. Print this.
- 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.
- Sign up for a class. When the class is finished, the instructor will give you a signed form CHL-100.
Put into a large manilla envelope the bar code, the CHL-100, and any other items on your checklist, 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 Carry program, and makes it as easy as possible, within
the parameters required to balance public safety and Constitutional rights. State law mandates the eligibility
requirements, fees, the content of the course, the written test, the proficiency test, 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.
Everything will be completed in the same day.