Step-1 Eligibility

Checking the eligibility requirements is the first step to getting a License to Carry (LTC) in Texas

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

  • is a legal resident of this state (or you can apply for a non-resident license);
  • is at least 21 years of age, or age 18+ if active or honorably discharged status.;
  • has not been convicted of a felony as an adult;
  • does not currently have unresolved charges 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;
  • is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
  • is not a chemically dependent person;
  • 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 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;
  • is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun;
  • has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment 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, the tax collector of a political subdivision of the state, or any agency or subdivision of the state;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • has not made any material misrepresentation, or failed to disclose any material fact, in an application submitted pursuant to Section 411.174.

There are some exceptions and clarifications to this list. For the full text of the statute, with definitions of terms, click HERE.

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