CHL in 98 days

Discussion in 'Texas Concealed Handgun (CHL)' started by ksquared, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. ksquared

    ksquared New Member

    Mar 29, 2009
    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..."

  2. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

    Jan 28, 2009
    Houston, Cy-Fair
  3. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    congrats... 98 days that means I only have 2+ months left to go
  4. navyguy

    navyguy TGT Addict

    Oct 22, 2008
    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.
  5. ErnieNWillis

    ErnieNWillis New Member

    May 28, 2009
    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?
  6. ksquared

    ksquared New Member

    Mar 29, 2009
    DFW Texas
    About 3 days before I received it in the mail, the online DPS status changed to :
    Application Completed - license issued or certificate active
  7. Maxpower

    Maxpower Active Member

    May 26, 2009

    same here
  8. Starker

    Starker Active Member

    Congratulations! That means I only have 62 days left.
  9. Shorts

    Shorts TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 28, 2008
    Way to go, now go find ammo
  10. Austin

    Austin Member

    Jan 20, 2009
    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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