This is a discussion on Texas CHL within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just completed the course in Texas. How long does it take to get the permit back and does having government clearances speed the process?...
I just completed the course in Texas. How long does it take to get the permit back and does having government clearances speed the process?
Last I heard they were turning them around in 4 to 6 weeks. You should receive a letter that gives you a code that you can enter on the DPS Web site to check the status of your CHL.
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4-6 weeks seems to be the norm. Mine took just under 2 months, my wifes about 5 weeks. My paperwork had an error that need to be corrected (forgot a signature on a form from an instructor), otherwise it would have been closer to 4 weeks.
As for the clearences, from my experience, it seems to make no difference what-so-ever. If anything, the few people I know who have clearences (had them myself for many years before I retired from the military) and applied for CCL's said their permits took longer to process than average. Go figure??
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I sent mine in on a Thursday and got it back on a Wednesday, about a week later.
It took 109 days door to door for me to get mine.
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Mine was in the 90 day range, my son's was back in just over 60 days.
I figure the difference was that I have lived in a lot of places and the background check probably took longer, my son has only lived here and at college, so his probably did not take that long.
My only advice would be to have patience and certainly not be in a hurry. Use the time to perfect your carry technique and decide on equipment. Perfecting your carry technique can be done perfectly legally by carrying inside your home when you are there. You can spend a lot of time indoors just getting used to the holster, the weight of the gun in that holster, techinques with cover garments, and with an unloaded weapon, the mechanics of getting familiar with unholstering and your draw and aim techinque.
Last edited by DaveT; September 8th, 2006 at 01:56 PM.
Clearance didn't speed my any at all. What I have experienced is that they take as much time as they need. They don't seem to in any kind of hurry down in Austin. In fact, my renewal took almost 90 days this last time. Go figure!!
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I got mine exactly 2 months after taking the class, and turning in the paperwork.
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I have a clearance with the Army and it didn't speed up the proccess. I got my CHL today, 61 days after I mailed my application. Texas DPS says that they take 60 days minimum to pocess the applications.
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Mine took 3 1/2 months and I had a TSSI for 20 years.
But I got it and I took the time I was waiting for it to get a nice holster and get some range time.
Wore the gun around the house for a the whole 3 1/2 months to get used to it.
If it is not in the US Constitution then the Federal Government should not be doing it.
"Carrying a gun is a social responsibility."
104 days for me
"We must remember that one man is much
the same as another, and that he is best
who is trained in the severest school."
~Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
got mine 59 days after submitting (last year)
sis-in-law took class in June, got hers in just over 60 days
EDIT: the wife got her PIN letter from DPS today...she took the class with my sis-in-law in June, had to prove her citizenship since she was born on Clarke AFB, Phillipines while her dad was stationed there in '74.
Last edited by 64zebra; September 11th, 2006 at 11:50 PM. Reason: new info
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