LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Starting Saturday, all applicants for concealed handguns can complete the entire form online. Applicants can also schedule their digital fingerprint appointments online.
"Completing the application form online is convenient for applicants and will allow us to process applications faster," RenEarl Bowie, the Assistant Director, Regulatory Licensing, for DPS said.
"We are excited to offer this online service to concealed handgun applicants and hope they take advantage of the online application process," Bowie continued.
Applicants are also encouraged to have their fingerprints digitally scanned, instead of sending in ink fingerprints. Digital fingerprints have a 98% 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.
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