The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers the Handgun Licensing Program under the authority of the Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H. DPS licenses individuals to carry handguns within Texas, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks, and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility. DPS also trains and certifies License To Carry (LTC) instructors who teach the required course to applicants.
LTC Class Objective
LTC classes provide the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) required classroom training and firearm qualification students need in order to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC). The purpose is to meet the very basic requirements for a student to submit the application to the Texas Handgun Licensing Program.
LTC classes are not intended to train students how to shoot a handgun. The qualification test portion of the course is required by the State of Texas in order to demonstrate your ability to safely and properly handle and shoot a handgun.
There are two methods to take the LTC class; the online class followed by a separate proficiency demonstration or the traditional in-person class with proficiency demonstration included. The online class and proficiency demonstration together often cost more than an in-person class. While the online course provides a private and convenient option, you still must pay for an LTC instructor and range to conduct the proficiency demonstration. Battle Site Zero however, will provide your proficiency demonstration at no charge when you attend any of our shooting courses.
Starting in 2017, the Texas License to Carry classroom training may be taken online through an approved online course provider. The minimum class time is still 4 hrs, just like the standard in-person classes, but instead of scheduling it over the weekend and taking it with a bunch of other people, the online LTC class can be taken on your own time at home or anywhere else. Using your smartphone, tablet or computer, the online class can be taken all at once, or broken into 20-minute video segments. After the 4 hours, an easy 25 question quiz must be completed. You are then automatically issued your LTC-101 certificate of completion.
The LTC-101 will then need to be taken to any License to Carry instructor for the proficiency demonstration. This consists of the shooting qualification and range instruction. Texas DPS requires 1-2 hours of range instruction before the shooting qualification can be completed.
The traditional in-person class will require 6-8 hours of your day and must be scheduled in advance. During this training you will attend 4 to 6-hours of classroom instruction followed by a 1 to 2-hour proficiency demonstration. The classroom training covers the same mandated material required by DPS and the same proficiency demonstration dictated by the State.
The classroom instruction may be a four to six-hour course and must cover the four (4) statutory required topics:
- Laws that relate to weapons and the use of deadly force,
- Handgun use and safety, including use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns,
- Non-violent dispute resolution,
- Proper storage practices for handguns with an emphasis on storage practices that eliminate the possibility of accidental injury to a child.
Handgun Proficiency Demonstration (Qualification)
Whether you completed the class online or in-person, the shooting qualification is the same. This is a very basic qualification. The course of fire involves shooting a total of 50 rounds at a B27 human-shaped silhouette target from 9 feet, 21 feet, and 45 feet. All shooting is from the ready position, which means the gun is already in your hands. No shooting from a holster or shooting from concealed is required or performed. A score of 70%, or 175 points of a possible 250, is required to pass. This ensures minimum weapons handling only, no tactical skill or knowledge is taught, tested, or demonstrated. You need basic knowledge of and proficiency with your handgun to qualify on the range.