How far in advance do we need to schedule for training?
Our team can be readily available at your convenience. Since we tailor our services to our clients needs, we would only need a week's notice so that we can prepare materials and schedule an instructor.
I'm a beginner, do you have any suggestions on how to get acquainted with a firearm?
We have clients with a wide spectrum of experience in firearms. For our beginners, we offer Familiarity Training. Familiarity Training teaches a first-time user how to properly follow the basic firearm safety rules, firearm handling, how to load and unload their ammunition, and how to properly clean their firearm. This is accomplished through one-on-one training and personal assessment of their individual skill level through observation and range experience. Most importantly once the student learns how to shoot properly, the student will gain confidence in their skills to safely use a firearm.
What's the difference between CHL Training and Familiarity Course Training?
CHL training is a curriculum established by the state of Texas, with a required amount of hours and proficiency testing to assure that a person is aware of how to act responsibly carrying a weapon. Once the student completes the CHL Training by a licensed provider, the student can apply for a Concealed Handgun License to carry a firearm on their person. The Familiarity Training is training above the expectations of the CHL for first-time users who are not acquainted with how to properly use a firearm. Evocati aims at competency in CHL and Familiarity course training.
Is there a study guide for advance study prior to the class to ensure we pass the proficiency test?
The way that our courses are taught, you are assured to pass the proficiency examination. Your instructor will review all necessary components. We do have a prepared curriculum for our CHL clients if you would like to purchase it ahead of time for $5 in electronic form or $7 for the hard copy materials which comes with a course book and CD. These materials will be inclusive to utilize while you are training, and are available for purchase if you would like to keep.
How much does CHL Training cost?
Pricing is dependent on whether the client is looking for single training or the entire training experience. For pricing details, click here.
How do I pay?
TX DPS CHL Questions
How do I begin my application?
For faster processing and access to fingerprinting service closer to your area, its suggested to do the application online at: Begin Here.
The website will let you know what type of information you will need before beginning. Once you go through the application, and pay, the website will direct you to the fingerprinting services. Save and print all confirmations and any confirmation numbers given to you because you will need them to book your fingerprint registry. You will also need to keep a copy of the application for your records.
Mail a copy of the application confirmation with your CHL 100, and your fingerprint receipt from FAST(once you have taken your Fingerprints from selected locations provided and registered with Texas shown after your application) to DPS. You may call DPS at 512-424-7293 and select option 1 for the CHL office for any questions regarding your application.
Do I need to do my application with the State DPS before coming to class?
You can do it before or after the CHL course, as long as you submit the CHL 100 (form given to you by the CHL instructor with your scores and class details) and appropriate forms after the course. Your CHL 100 is valid for 2 years.
What is the filing cost with the state?
A separate nonrefundable application and license fee of $140 (for new applicants) or $70 (for Veteran applicants or renewals) is paid to the TX Department of Public Safety. This is a fee paid to the state on students behalf; this is not included in the service fee from Evocati.
Other than Texas are there other states the CHL are valid?
Your CHL is valid and reciprocated in many other states however with the volatility of state rights and gun laws it is best to look up your location of travel before heading out of state with recent changes in mind: Laws by State
How often does the CHL have to be renewed?
Your first CHL application and CHL ID are valid for 4 years. All subsequent renewals are valid for 5 years. For your first and second CHL renewal, you must take a class and pass both a written exam and shooting proficiency test. On your third renewal you do not have to take a class or test, simply reapply for your license. After your third renewal your license is valid for 10 years.
Gun Range Questions
Am I eligible to take the training if I don't own a firearm?
Yes. Gun ranges often have a weapon you can borrow for a fee (usually less than $20), and on occasion our instructors may carry a spare weapon with them in case not everyone had a firearm. If you do not have a weapon, reach out to us so that we can provide you options.
What requirements are needed to pass the proficiency on the gun range?
CHL qualifications will be conducted using a B-27 target style. Shooter must have a minimum score of 70% (175 out 250 possible). If any malfunctions occur, shooter will work through problem and finish the course of fire.
Stage 1: 20 shots will be fired from 3 yards:
- 3 shots fired in 9 seconds
Which range do you use to conduct the shooting part of the testing?
We have relationships with a number of gun ranges and can also make arrangements to utilize a gun range closer to your home or preferred location of training. Your range fee is included in the pricing. The only additional cost to the student is ammunition.
How many rounds of ammunition are required for the CHL proficiency?
For the CHL training component, the student will need to shoot a total of 50 rounds on the B-27 target at different distances. That usually is 2 boxes of ammunition.
Make sure that the ammunition:
- Matches your firearm
- No Magtech/Monarch brand ammo used
- No aluminum/steel cases used
How many rounds are needed for the Familiarity Course?
For the Familiarization course, although the state has no requirements, our experience is that students have adequately learned to shoot with 50 rounds or less.