CHL Qualifications

Are You Eligible for a C.H.L.?

1) You must be a legal resident of Texas for the six month period preceding the date of application

2) You must be at least 21 years of age. a person who is at least 18 years of age but not yet 21 years of age is eligible for a license to carry a concealed handgun if the person: (1) is a member or veteran of the United States armed forces, including a member or veteran of the reserves or national guard: (2) was discharged under honorable conditions, if discharged from the United States armed forces, reserves, or national guard: and (3) meets the other eligibility requirements of Subsection (a) except for the minimum age required by federal law to purchase a handgun.

3) You must not have been convicted of a felony. A felony conviction makes an individual permanently ineligible for a CHL. The statute defines “convicted” to include both probation and deferred adjudication. The only way a person can become eligible is if the conviction is legally expunged from his record or he is pardoned for the conviction.

4) You must not be currently charged with the commission of a felony, a Class A or B misdemeanor, or an offense under Section 42.01 of the Penal Code (Disorderly Conduct).

5) You must not be a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or B misdemeanor.

6) You must not be a chemically dependent 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 dependent person.

7) You must not be incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun.

8) You must not have been convicted in the five years before the date of application of a Class A or B misdemeanor or an offense under Section 42.01 of the Penal Code (Disorderly Conduct). The date of conviction (that is, the date the judge signed an order), not the date of arrest is used to determine whether a person’s five year period has expired.

9) You must be fully qualified under federal and state law to purchase a handgun.

10) You must not have been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment administered or collected by the attorney general.

11) You must not have been finally determined to be delinquent in the payment of taxes collected by the comptroller, state treasurer, tax collector of a political subdivision, Alcoholic Beverage Commission or any other agency or subdivision.

12) You must not have been finally determined to be in default on a loan made under Ch. 57 of the Education Code.

13) You must not be currently restricted under a protective order or restraining order affecting the spousal relationship. If a person’s spouse or ex-spouse has a protective or restraining order against the person, even an agreed order, then the applicant must wait until the order expires before applying for a CHL.

14) You must not have been adjudicated as having engaged in delinquent conduct violating a felony-grade law within 10 years of the date of application. This section applies only to juvenile offenses, not to felonies committed by adults. Juveniles are not convicted unless certified as an adult.

15) You must not have made any material misrepresentation or failed to disclose any material fact in an application or request for application.

NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE APPLICATION FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND IF AN APPLICANT IS DENIED, HE MUST COMPLETELY REAPPLY AND TAKE A NEW COURSE IF HE BECOMES ELIGIBLE IN THE FUTURE