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chl process

whats the first step i need to do to get this sucker rolling?

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I applied online and paid for it before taking the class. They sent me a packet with the stuff I needed to fill out and send back (passport photo holders, fingerprint cards, and some other forms I had to sign). I've heard that if you do that and already get yourself into the system, it speeds up the processing after you send it all in.

You can also take the class and do all the paperwork there and send it all in right after the class.


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First make sure you qualify. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/adminis...l/txchlaws.htm

GC 411.172. ELIGIBILITY.

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

(1) is a legal resident of this state for the six-month period preceding the date of application under this subchapter or is otherwise eligible for a license under Section 411.173(a);

(2) is at least 21 years of age;

(3) has not been convicted of a felony;

(4) is not charged with the commission of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code, or of a felony under an information or indictment;

(5) is not a fugitive from justice for a felony or a Class A or Class B misdemeanor;

(6) is not a chemically dependent person;

(7) is not incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun;

(8) has not, in the five years preceding the date of application, been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or an offense under Section 42.01, Penal Code;

(9) is fully qualified under applicable federal and state law to purchase a handgun;

(10) has not been finally determined to be delinquent in making a child support payment administered or collected by the attorney general;

(11) 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;

(12) has not been finally determined to be in default on a loan made under Chapter 57, Education Code;

(13) 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;

(14) 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

(15) 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.

(b) For the purposes of this section, an offense under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States is:

(1) a felony if the offense is so designated by law or if confinement for one year or more in a penitentiary is affixed to the offense as a possible punishment; and

(2) a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is not a felony and confinement in a jail other than a state jail felony facility is affixed as a possible punishment.

(c) An individual who has been convicted two times within the10-year period preceding the date on which the person applies for a license of an offense of the grade of Class B misdemeanor or greater that involves the use of alcohol or a controlled substance as a statutory element of the offense is a chemically dependent person for purposes of this section and is not qualified to receive a license under this subchapter. This subsection does not preclude the disqualification of an individual for being a chemically dependent person if other evidence exists to show that the person is a chemically dependent person.

(d) For purposes of Subsection (a)(7), a person is incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun if the person:

(1) has been diagnosed by a licensed physician as suffering from a psychiatric disorder or condition that causes or is likely to cause substantial impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse control, or intellectual ability;

(2) suffers from a psychiatric disorder or condition described by Subdivision (1) that:

(A) is in remission but is reasonably likely to redevelop at a future time; or

(B) requires continuous medical treatment to avoid redevelopment;

(3) has been diagnosed by a licensed physician or declared by a court to be incompetent to manage the person's own affairs; or

(4) has entered in a criminal proceeding a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

(e) The following constitutes evidence that a person has a psychiatric disorder or condition described by Subsection (d)(1):

(1) involuntary psychiatric hospitalization in the preceding five-year period;

(2) psychiatric hospitalization in the preceding two-year period;

(3) inpatient or residential substance abuse treatment in the preceding five-year period;

(4) diagnosis in the preceding five-year period by a licensed physician that the person is dependent on alcohol, a controlled substance, or a similar substance; or

(5) diagnosis at any time by a licensed physician that the person suffers or has suffered from a psychiatric disorder or condition consisting of or relating to:

(A) schizophrenia or delusional disorder;

(B) bipolar disorder;

(C) chronic dementia, whether caused by illness, brain defect, or brain injury;

(D) dissociative identity disorder;

(E) intermittent explosive disorder; or

(F) antisocial personality disorder.

(f) Notwithstanding Subsection (d), a person who has previously been diagnosed as suffering from a psychiatric disorder or condition described by Subsection (d) or listed in Subsection (e) is not because of that disorder or condition incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun if the person provides the department with a certificate from a licensed physician whose primary practice is in the field of psychiatry stating that the psychiatric disorder or condition is in remission and is not reasonably likely to develop at a future time.

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Obviously you gotta make sure you qualify to get a CHL otherwise you are just throwing away money on the application as they will not refund that. But as long as you've been able to buy a handgun from a store that ran the background check on you I doubt it'll be a problem.

Like Tony suggested, apply online and get the ball rolling. Find a class that does the photo, fingerprinting, everything so that it's ready to mail at the end of the class. And mail it off certified. I think mailing it certified puts it near the top of the list when they receive it in Austin and may get your application done quicker.




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i know 100% after reading that, i qualify.

where is the fastest way to apply online located? anyone have a link?

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i know 100% after reading that, i qualify.

where is the fastest way to apply online located? anyone have a link?
Go to the Texas DPS website. They link it the application and shit there.

When you get your forms in the mail. Take them to the class and have the appropriate shit filled in after the class. Drop in mailbox on way home.
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I don't know if doing the application online really saves you time. Most decent CHL classes provide the forms and you fill them out during the class. If you did yours online, you have to wait for the forms to show up before you go to the class.

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I don't know if doing the application online really saves you time. Most decent CHL classes provide the forms and you fill them out during the class. If you did yours online, you have to wait for the forms to show up before you go to the class.
True, but if you have bad handwriting like me, then it will save the DPS some time trying to read what you wrote...

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well just filled out the shit online. 140 bucks

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It'll only be $70 come renewal time
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yea....doesnt make it better now though LOL!

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Go to the Texas DPS website. They link it the application and shit there.

When you get your forms in the mail. Take them to the class and have the appropriate shit filled in after the class. Drop in mailbox on way home.
I'd suggest taking the time to go into the Post Office and send it certified mail.




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I just dumped mine in the mail box. I dont know if it went faster or anything. I didnt really care.
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I don't know if doing the application online really saves you time. Most decent CHL classes provide the forms and you fill them out during the class. If you did yours online, you have to wait for the forms to show up before you go to the class.
I did that because I wasn't sure exactly when I was going to take the class. I already had most of the paperwork filled out and ready to go when I finally did get to take the class, and it was already started in Austin. If you do it all at once, it might not save you any time.

I also sent it regular mail, not certified, and got it back in a month, and that was at the end of last summer.


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