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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 6LICENSE TO CARRY HANDGUNS
SUBCHAPTER BELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
RULE §6.12Application Procedure and Required Materials

In addition to the information required by the Act, an applicant must submit all the following items, whether submitted electronically, through the online application process, or otherwise:

  (1) Evidence of proficiency. The applicant must submit evidence of proficiency, as defined by §6.11 of this title (relating to Proficiency Requirements) reflecting the successful completion of a handgun proficiency course approved by the department and taught by a certified handgun instructor. Evidence of proficiency submitted by an original applicant will not be accepted by the department if it is more than two years old. Evidence of proficiency submitted by a renewal applicant will not be accepted by the department if it is more than six months old.

  (2) Driver license number. An applicant shall provide a valid driver license number or identification certificate number issued by the department or by the issuing agency in the state of residence for non-resident applicants. Non-resident applicants and license holders must submit color photocopies of the front and back of their valid driver license or identification card issued by the appropriate state agency in their home state.

  (3) Photographs. Photographs are required with original concealed handgun license applications. Photographs are not required for renewal applications or instructor-only applications as long as the existing photograph on file with the department meets quality standards. Applicants may be required to submit new or updated photographs if the existing photographs do not meet quality standards or the applicant's appearance has changed such that identification is inhibited. If an applicant is required to submit new or updated photographs, the applicant shall submit two identical photographs of the applicant to the department. The photographs must be un-retouched color prints. Snapshots, vending machine prints, and full length photographs will not be accepted. The photographs must be 2 inches by 2 inches in size and printed on photo quality paper. The photographs must be taken in normal light, with a contrasting white, off-white, or blue background. The photographs must present a good likeness of the applicant taken within the last six months. Unless worn daily for religious purposes, all hats or headgear must be removed for the photograph and no item or attire may cover or otherwise obscure any facial features (eyes, nose, and mouth). Eyeglasses must be removed for the photograph. The photographs must present a clear, frontal image of the applicant and include the full face from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head, including hair. The image of the applicant must be between 1 and 1-3/8 inches. Only the applicant may be portrayed. Photographs in which the face of the person being photographed are not in focus will not be accepted. Upon development of an interface allowing the Regulatory Services Division to access the photographs on file with the Driver License Division system or development of other electronic means to obtain the applicant's photograph, applicants may not be required to submit printed photographs.

  (4) Fingerprints. Effective March 1, 2011, all original applicants must submit fingerprints through the Fingerprint Application Service of Texas (FAST), or by an entity qualified to take electronic fingerprints of an applicant for a license through the FAST system. All applicants must display to the person recording the fingerprints a driver's license or personal identification card issued by the applicant's state of residence. If fingerprints are not taken electronically, the department will resubmit renewal applicants' existing fingerprints for background check processing. However, if fingerprints on file do not meet current FBI or Texas quality standards, applicants will be required to submit new fingerprints to complete the renewal application process. The person who records the applicant's fingerprints shall:

    (A) verify the identity of the person being fingerprinted;

    (B) complete and verify the accuracy of the non-fingerprint data being submitted; and

    (C) record the individual's fingerprints.

  (5) Signature of applicant. The applicant must provide a signature in the form required by the department and must comply with §15.21 of this title (relating to Signature). Upon development of an interface allowing the Regulatory Services Division to access the digitized signature on file with the Driver License Division's system or development of other electronic means to obtain the applicant's signature, applicants may not be required to submit a signature.

  (6) Proof of age. Proof of age may be established by a Texas driver license or personal identification card issued by the department. Non-resident applicants may establish proof of age by providing a copy of their valid driver license or personal identification card issued by the appropriate agency in their resident state. If an applicant cannot show proof of age through a driver license or personal identification card issued by the department, or appropriate state agency in his or her resident state, the applicant must submit alternative proof of age as prescribed in §15.24(1) of this title (relating to Identification of Applicants).

  (7) Social Security number. An applicant must provide the applicant's Social Security number. This information is required to assist in the administration of laws relating to child support enforcement, as required and authorized by Family Code, §231.302.

  (8) Failure to complete application process. If an applicant fails to provide all required application materials, and fails to provide within 90 days of the department's request any additional information or materials requested by the department necessary to process the application, the application process will be terminated as set out in §6.13(a) of this title (relating to Application Review and Background Investigation).


Source Note: The provisions of this §6.12 adopted to be effective August 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 6148; amended to be effective January 9, 2011, 35 TexReg 11944

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