Filing for a License to Carry

How to get your license to carry

Defender Outdoors offers the best License To Carry class in DFW. You can take the classroom portion, the proficiency exam, and even get your fingerprints done all at the same place! Though our dedicated training staff will be there to help you through the process to get your License to Carry, we’ve created this page to help you along the way.

Before You Take the Class

We do not recommend you take a License to Carry class if you have not had any prior firearms training (i.e. private lesson, Intro to Handgun class, etc.). It is dangerous for yourself, your classmates, and our staff for you to enter the shooting proficiency portion of this class with no prior firearms knowledge. The LTC class does NOT teach you how to handle a firearm; instead it covers the legal aspect for you to carry a firearm in the state of Texas.

Click here for information and to register for the Intro to Handgun private lesson.


Step 1:

Choose a class date from the website, create a profile and pay for your class.

Step 2:

Go to and fill out your DPS application to the state of Texas and pay the non-refundable fee of $40. (Certain persons are eligible to receive a discount on this fee. For more information on fees and eligibility, please see the DPS’s FAQ’s). All information you will need to have available to fill out your DPS allocation is located on the first page of this link

Step 3:

At the end of your DPS application and your payment has processed, you will be prompted to schedule a fingerprinting appointment. You will be redirected to the MorphoTrust/Identogo website to fill in the required information and pay your $10 fingerprinting cost. If you have scheduled your class out far enough, you may be able to get your fingerprints done the same day as your class. If not, you will need to make an appointment for before or after your class date. It is not guaranteed that you will get a fingerprinting appointment the day of your class and all fingerprinting locations are closed on Sundays.

NOTE: You are NOT required to have your DPS application filled prior to your License to Carry class. This only needs to be done if would like to get your fingerprints done before or on the same day as your class.

Step 4:

Attend your License to Carry class and take your shooting proficiency at Defender Outdoors. We take our shooting test before class so make sure you know how to shoot before you come to class. It is HIGHLY recommended that you take an Intro to Handgun course or private lesson prior to taking your License to Carry class if you are not confident you can pass the shooting qualification.

Step 5:

Once you pass your License to Carry class and Shooting Proficiency, you will receive the LTC 100 Document. This document is where your instructor signs off on your class time and shooting proficiency. It is YOUR responsibility to send this in to the state of Texas via mail or email. If mailing you may send to: Texas Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 4087 Austin, TX 78773-0245.

If you would like to email, scan the document into .pdf format, then go to: Then do the following:

  1. From the 1st dropdown select “Handgun Licensing”
  2. From the 2nd dropdown, select “Submit LTC Supporting Document”
  3. Fill in all identifying information requested (except Handgun License number as you don’t have one yet.)
  4. Choose .pdf
  5. Click “Attach”
  6. Click “Submit”
  7. You will then receive a confirmation email from the state of Texas to the email address you provided. Keep this for your records.

Lost your LTC 100 form and need a copy? Click here to fill out the request form. You will be assessed a research and copy fee prior to receiving your copy.

Step 6:

In 8-12 weeks you will receive your license in the mail. Defender Outdoors cannot contact the DPS for you to see the status of your application. If you would like to inquire about your application you can call (512) 424-7293 or submit an electronic inquiry to the DPS here.

DISCLAIMER: Staff at Defender Outdoors Shooting Center cannot advise you on whether or not you are eligible to get your License to Carry. If you have questions on eligibility, visit the DPS’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Schedule of Fees to Get Your License to Carry

Defender Fees:
$75 – License to Carry Course.  Includes shooting qualification, classroom instruction time, firearm rental (if needed), target and range fee.  Ammo is available for purchase before the start of your class. There is no discount if you bring your own firearm.

State Fees:
$40 – State fee for your License to Carry. (Discounted for Law Enforcement, Military, Veterans, etc. Please see the DPS’S LTC Fee Schedule for more information.)
$10 – Fingerprinting

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