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Benzene
June 27, 2009, 09:58 AM
Does anyone have an estimate of how long it takes for the Texas authorities to process and issue a new concealed handgun license? Thanks.

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Art Eatman
June 27, 2009, 11:17 AM
I don't know if they're yet back to the old normal of some 45 days. They've had to deal with a large overload since last fall, and have added additional staff. Haven't heard any recent news, though.

Might try checking at the DPS website.

walker944
June 27, 2009, 11:24 AM
A year ago they were at 4 months to process. You can call the folks in Austin to inquire about the current turn-around time. They are very friendly. I don't have their number, but if you check the state's website you'll find it. Also, you might as an instructor. They typically are aware of the current timing to get the license.

Greybeard
June 28, 2009, 11:58 PM
There was an article in The Dallas Morning News a week or two ago about delayed processing. Said 4 months quite likely (although law says "60 days"). I forget the exact numbers, but delays attributed to around 49,000 incoming applications from January through May of 2009, compared to around 62,000 for all of last year.

Benzene
June 29, 2009, 01:18 PM
Hmm, talk about "missing the target" date! A larger number of applicants means greater revenue, which should enable the authorites to hire a number of officers needed to cope in order to meet the deadline. It's nice to read that they are "very friendly".

How come Florida has such a quick turnaround time?

waterhouse
June 29, 2009, 01:57 PM
From talking with customers who are currently going through the process or recently received their licenses, 4 months seems about right.

texas bulldog
June 29, 2009, 03:23 PM
mine was about 5 and a half months, and that was middle of last year, when the election was still somewhat uncertain. my understanding is that the backlog has grown since then, not shrunk.

also...be aware that they can "play" with the time by not recognizing your application immediately. the letter they sent acknowledging my application was dated a month after i sent it in, and it was mailed mere blocks from the state DPS. basically, they let it sit in a mail room unopened, which means the clock hadn't even started on my app for a month.

i understand there was a movement to yank CHL authority from the DPS this past lege session. i really hope they shape up or lose it in 2011.

Double Naught Spy
June 29, 2009, 09:13 PM
That is interesting because I requalled in October and had my renewed license in December. Granted, that was a renewal, but a lot of folks don't seem to get those that quick either. Then again, I don't have any legal blemishes to consider and filled out all my paperwork properly.

Benzene
June 29, 2009, 09:22 PM
Why would they take the necessary fees and then "they let it sit in a mail room unopened"??? This has NOTHING to do with applicants "have any legal blemishes to consider," or whether or not applicants "filled out all paperwork properly" - in my opinion.

Benzene
June 30, 2009, 07:55 AM
I guess there IS something one could do to deal with this situation: stick with my Utah license. And this for several reasons: it costs far less than the Texas piece of plastic; it is recongnized in Texas; it is valid for FIVE years (instead of the Texas 4-year validity); and it is renewed in ONE MONTH and for only $10. I guess that, compared with the Utah license, the Texas version is a rip-off of sorts. But I could be wrong, although I don't see how/where.

Double Naught Spy
June 30, 2009, 08:15 AM
"let it sit"??!!??
Why would they take the necessary fees and then "they let it sit in a mail room unopened"??? This has NOTHING to do with applicants "have any legal blemishes to consider," or whether or not applicants "filled out all paperwork properly" - in my opinion.

You are right! I must be special. Even with the one month delay noted by Texas Bulldog, that still puts my paperwork being processed months ahead of other folks.

I just wish the DPS Troopers knew how special I was when I was driving!

Benzene
June 30, 2009, 08:31 AM
Double Naught Spy, I am indeed glad for you; at least one of us got from DPS what is reasonable and expected.

jay524288
June 30, 2009, 12:55 PM
I was at the CHL instructor class last week, and they said most applications are taking about 4 months right now. For people from Harris, Galveston, and I think Brazoria counties it's taking longer.

In May they received 15,000 applications. Last year they getting about 5000 per month.

LoneStarWings
June 30, 2009, 02:00 PM
96 days and counting for mine. Travis county.

Benzene
June 30, 2009, 03:30 PM
Thanks, jay524288 and LoneStarWings, for sharing real numbers.

A friend of mine who recently attended a re-qualifying class somewhere in Houston told me that he was told by the "instructor" when asked how long it would take, "FOREVER...!" Accurate or facetious???!!!???

ezenbrowntown
June 30, 2009, 04:36 PM
Check out www.texaschlforum.com

Lots of members post their "stats" in accordance to their wait in their signature line. They even have a section called "The Waiting Room", with corresponding months of application. You'll find me in the June section! :)

Several of the signature lines show the date the took the class, the day they mailed in the app, the day they received their PIN, etc., etc.

Benzene
June 30, 2009, 07:18 PM
Thanks for the information, all. I think I'll stick with my Utah license.

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