Frequently Asked Questions about CHL / LTC in Texas

My concealed handgun license has expired, and my renewal application is in process. Can I carry a concealed handgun while I am waiting to receive my new license?

No. You must have a currently valid license in your possession to carry a concealed handgun.

What does "concealed" mean?

"Concealed" means that the weapon cannot be visible, and that its presence cannot be discernible through ordinary observation. It is a criminal offense for a license holder to carry a handgun in plain view, or to intentionally fail to conceal the weapon.

Can I carry a handgun if I am drinking alcohol?

"Carrying" while drinking is not prohibited, but it is a criminal offense to carry while intoxicated.

Do police officers have the right to disarm me?

Yes. If a peace officer reasonably believes a safety risk exists, the officer may disarm you.

Do private property owners have the right to exclude license holders from their property?

Yes. Private property owners may give notice excluding license holders from carrying concealed handguns. If you carry a concealed handgun on posted properly, you can be charged with criminal trespass by a license holder. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, and if you are convicted, your license will be revoked.

Once I submit my application, when should I expect to receive my license?

The department will make every effort to issue your license within 60 days or inform you that you did not meet the eligibility criteria. Once your application is complete, processing may take up to 180 days if your background check reveals potentially disqualifying events or information.

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