How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Texas

By eHow Legal Editor

Most states in the United States require permits or licenses to be purchased if a citizen would like to carry a concealed weapon. Texas permits are not hard to acquire but they are mandatory for everyone wishing to carry a gun. In most cases if you can buy a hand gun you will be able obtain a license to carry one.

Collect proof of at least six month residency of the State of Texas. Utility bills, an apartment lease or mortage contract can be used to provide proof. To get a Texas permit to carry a concealed weapon you must be a resident of the state. However, Texas does recognize most other states licenses and permits, although reciprocity is not always the case.

Find your social security card, and Texas Driver's License, or Identification Card. You will need these to prove citizenship, age and identity. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and must be at least twenty one years old, except military applicants that are over eighteen years old.

Do not apply for a weapons permit if you have chosen deferred adjudication to a violent crime in the last ten years. Also if you have been convicted of a DUI, you cannot obtain a permit, since DUIs are a class B felony and felons are not permitted to carry weapons.

Attend and pass the mandatory class for gun safety and use that is taught by a certified instructor. Classes are usually ten to fifteen hours long and include the cost of your application. This class is a must for all who wish to carry a concealed weapon. A part of this class is shooting practice at the firing range, and some instructors require that you bring your own gun to the range.

Fill out the application online via the Internet, in the guns owner class, or pick up the application at the closest Texas DPS office.

Wait for sixty days to receive either your rejection notice or your permit to carry a concealed weapon. It usually doesn't take the full sixty days but the Department of Public Safety must send off your application to several agencies and hear back from each before they are able to provide a permit.

Be alert for signs in public that ban firearms on their property. Many schools and private properties display signs that hand guns are not allowed whether you have a permit or not. If you are caught and convicted of carrying a hand gun onto one of these places, your license will be revoked.