Not really to much to say here except effective September 1, 2013, Renewal Applicants will no longer be required to attend a renewal class or qualify, but will still need to complete the online renewal registration with DPS and pay their fee.
ADDITIONALLY, WHEN YOU RENEW ONLINE, THE BAR CODED RECEIPT THAT IS DISPLAYED INDICATES YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT A CHL 100 TRAINING FORM. DPS IS A LITTLE SLOW IN CHANGING THEIR FORMS AND WEBSITE. THE CHL 100 IS NOT,NOT,NOT,NOT NEEDED. AFTER COMPLETING THE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYING THE FEE, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE FOR YOU TO DO.
I have had several renewals ask if they can attend the classroom to refresh their knowledge of self defense laws. I will make our classroom available for renewals who may wish to attend for brain refreshment at no charge. This will be held in conjunction with new applicant classes on Saturdays only. This will not include range qualification. The actual classroom instruction will generally start about 8:30 am, however Bass Pro doesn't open until 9:00am, so you may miss a few minutes at the start. Don't worry about the interruption.
The DPS renewal application process can be found at the following link:www.texasonline.com. During the registration process, you will need to pay the state fee with an approved credit card.
Pictures and fingerprints are not required to be submitted by renewal applicants.
If you have not yet received your renewal notification within 5 to 6 months ahead of the license expiration date (on your birthday), you will need to call DPS (1 512 424 7293) and request one be sent to you. If you have moved, the post office will not forward the notification.
Renewal applicants can renew their license within six (6) months of the expiration date. Often, people wait until a month ahead of the expiration date, but this will probably result in being unlicensed for a period of time while waiting for the new license. Renewals actually have 1 year from the expiration date to renew, but will be considered unlicensed after the actual expiration date. Failing to renew within one (1) year after expiration they will be considered as new applicants by DPS with the appropriate new applicant fees charged.