CHL in 98 days

ksquared

New Member
Mar 29, 2009
8
1
DFW Texas
I got my plastic in the mail yesterday! It took 98 days.

On March 6, I prepaid my application fee online and received my packet in the mail a week later (including the PIN). I took my class and sent everything to DPS on March 16.

During the first 2 months, I checked the status of my application online every single day (sometimes twice a day). I read everything I could find on the internet about the best practices of concealed carry and searched for my dream holster. I went to the range as often as possible to improve my skills. I read and reread the Texas Concealed Handgun Laws.

As time slowly crept by, my excitement faded and my frustration grew. Eventually, I stopped looking for the perfect gear and let my supply of ammo run out. By day 90, I had come to accept that this whole CHL thing wasn't going to happen anytime soon (if at all).

Then, yesterday, the nondescript envelope arrived in the mail. For a moment, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and I was happy! I stood there staring at the plastic that I had waited so long to receive. I felt the need to do a little happy dance!

Suddenly, the music stopped and the warm sunshine was replaced with the harsh light of reality. Why is my head SO big in the picture??? As I placed it in my wallet behind my driver's license, I thought to myself, "Well, I guess no one's going to see that ID..."
 

navyguy

TGT Addict
Oct 22, 2008
2,987
38
DFW Keller
Congrats. I don't know what it is about the CHL pictures, mine is pretty bad too. I'm not sure you need to take a new picture at renewal time, but if you do, I'm getting mine done ahead of time.
 

ErnieNWillis

New Member
May 28, 2009
18
1
I am on day 99 right now and my status is still "Processing Application". Did your status on the DPS webpage change before you received your plastic?
 

ksquared

New Member
Mar 29, 2009
8
1
DFW Texas
I am on day 99 right now and my status is still "Processing Application". Did your status on the DPS webpage change before you received your plastic?
About 3 days before I received it in the mail, the online DPS status changed to :
Application Completed - license issued or certificate active
 

Austin

Member
Jan 20, 2009
68
6
Converse(San Antonio)
I took my class on the 8th(of March) and Mailed my application the same day as you(the 16th) I did not recieve my pin number in the mail untill may 5th or so(I did not get my packet and PIN ahead of time.) The date on the letter is May 1st. Online it still says "processing application" Seeing your post is fustrating!!!!!!!!!! I am curious to know when did you or did you recieve a letter in the mail with the PIN on it or does that part get skipped being that you already had your PIN? I did mail it regular mail(With proof of mailing)and not first class(it's only going to Austin right? how long could it take? anyway, any help, advice or encouragement would be much appreciated.
 
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