Learn more about CHL eligibility requirements for Austin Texas Concealed Handgun License training at www.texaschl.us

Texas CHL provides eligibility guidelines required for chl certification. Answers to questions about requirements and restrictions of Concealed Handgun License and Concealed handgun laws can be found on our Texas CHL FAQ page

Texas CHL Eligibility

It is not the responsibility of Texas CHL or it's Instructors to determine eligibility of students or persons seeking to obtain a Concealed Handgun License. Review eligibility requirements closely before registering as class fees are NOT refundable.

Please direct any questions about eligibility to the DPS Website: www.txdps.state.tx.us

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

  • is a legal resident of this state for the six month period preceding the date of application,
  • is at least 21 years of age (military 18 - 21 years of age now eligible - 2005 Texas CHL Law change),
  • 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, Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or equivalent offense,
  • is not a chemically dependant person (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 exercizing 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 equivalent offense, 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 policital 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.