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Concealed handgun application goes online May 1

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April 29, 2010, 11:12am
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Starting on May 1, 2010, all applicants for concealed handguns will be able to complete the entire application form, as well as schedule their digital fingerprint appointments online.

“Completing the application form online is convenient for applicants and will allow us to process applications faster,” said RenEarl Bowie, the Assistant Director, Regulatory Licensing, for DPS. “We are excited to offer this online service to concealed handgun applicants and hope they take advantage of the online application process.”

Applicants are also encouraged to have their fingerprints digitally scanned, instead of sending in ink fingerprints. Digital fingerprints have a 98 percent accuracy rate, far higher than traditional fingerprint captures, reducing the number of fingerprint card rejects and the inconvenience of reprints for applicants.

At this time, although supplemental materials (such as citizenship documents and criminal history) are still required to be mailed in, completing the application form online and submitting digital scanned fingerprints will alleviate much of the application processing delays.

Also starting on May 1: applicants for CHL renewals will no longer have to submit fingerprints, and applicants with a valid Texas ID or Driver License will no longer have to provide photos for renewal.

For more information about the CHL application process, please see our website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/crime_records/chl/chlsindex.htm .

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concerned granny  
May 2, 2010 8:30am
Rambler, I agree with what you said about the training. It should be free, but unfortunately nothing seems to come cheap anymore. Not even the right to bear arms. I have had training classes, as well as am vigilant about the ... More ›

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
May 1, 2010 11:23am
First, let me offer my most heart felt dittos to Granny! We should all rejoice in our shared natural right to self protection and remain ever vigilant against any encroachment thereon by government. Amen. Having said that, ... More ›

concerned granny  
April 30, 2010 9:01pm
Dear 4th generation..I plan on getting my quota of them thar varments!!!! Democrats, in my book are as bad as the copperheads out here in the area. In time, they will get weeded out. Thanks for the kind wishes from you and Senior!

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 30, 2010 4:36pm
I'm hoping that 'concerned granny' bags her limit on Democrats this year!

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 30, 2010 3:26pm
Go, Granny!

concerned granny  
April 30, 2010 3:13pm
As a concealed handgun carrier, I am happy to see that the forms will be available online. As a woman, i feel much safer while out on my own, and feel that women, as well as men will profit from gun classes that are available. ... More ›

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