Agreements with other States

Texas Establishes Concealed Handgun License Agreements With Other States

Reciprocal States

Unilateral States

* Recognizes licenses issued to Texas residents only. Does not recognize the licenses issued by Texas to non-residents.
** Recognizes licenses issued to Texas residents only. Does not recognize the licenses issued by Texas to non-residents. Plus must be 21 years of age for license to be recognized.
Some of the states in the reciprocal list are listed as reciprocal by operation of law. Our unilateral proclamation in recognizing their license operated to allow recognition of the Texas CHL in those states.

Texas Establishes Concealed Handgun License Unilateral Proclamation With Other States

June 20, 2007

Colorado

Effective May 17, 2007 Colorado will only recognize permits issued to residents of the issuing state. Colorado no longer recognizes permits issued to non-residents. Additionally, Colorado will only recognize permits issued to residents of the issuing state who are 21 years of age.

October 27, 2009

Nebraska

Effective immediately, Texas has received notification from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office that the Texas concealed handgun license is recognized in the state of Nebraska.  This recognition extends ONLY to Non Residents of Nebraska and to individuals 21 years of age and older.  This follows an amendment, effective August 30, 2009, to Nebraska law allowing for recognition of out of state licenses.  All Texas license holders will be required to follow Nebraska law while carrying in that state.  All Nebraska license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. Texas has recognized Nebraska licenses since February 16, 2007.

January 30, 2007

Kansas

Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with valid concealed handgun licenses from Kansas to carry in Texas.  All Kansas license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying concealed in this state including age restrictions and type of weapon permitted. The Kansas Attorney General's office has determined that the Texas Concealed Handgun License Standards meet "the equal to or greater standard" for recognition. Therefore, Texas residents with valid Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses may carry concealed while traveling in Kansas and will be required to follow Kansas law while carrying concealed in that state.

PLEASE NOTE:  Non-Resident Texas Concealed Handgun Licensee's WILL NOT be allowed to carry in Kansas

August 8, 2006

Alabama

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with valid license to carry a pistol (concealed handgun licenses) from Alabama to carry in Texas.  All Alabama license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying concealed in this state including age restrictions and type of weapon permitted.  This proclamation will automatically trigger a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will be allowed to carry in Alabama and must follow Alabama law while in that state. 

January 13, 2006

Rhode Island

Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses issued by the attorney general of Rhode Island to legally carry in Texas.  Rhode Island license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state.  Concealed handgun licenses issued by local authorities ARE NOT recognized under this proclamation.  This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Rhode Island.

January 13, 2006

New York

Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses issued by the state of New York to legally carry in Texas. All New York license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state.  New York City issues a separate concealed handgun license (permit) and this permit will also be recognized under this proclamation.  This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in New York.

January 13, 2006

Hawaii

Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from Hawaii will be allowed to carry in Texas.  All Hawaii license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state.  This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Hawaii.

November 30, 2005

New Mexico

Note: Effective November 30, 2005 New Mexico has issued a finding that officially recognizes Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses in New Mexico. Texas has recognized New Mexico's licenses since December 29, 2004. This has the effect of reciprocity between New Mexico and Texas.

November 18, 2005

Washington

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from Washington to legally carry in Texas. Washington license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Washington.

November 18, 2005

New Jersey

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from New Jersey to legally carry in Texas. New Jersey license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in New Jersey.

November 18, 2005

Massachusetts

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from Massachusetts to legally carry in Texas. Massachusetts license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Massachusetts.

November 18, 2005

Maryland

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from Maryland to legally carry in Texas. Maryland license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Maryland.

November 18, 2005

California

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from California to legally carry in Texas. California license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in California.

September 6, 2005

South Dakota

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from South Dakota to legally carry in Texas. South Dakota residents will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This has the effect of reciprocity between Texas and South Dakota since South Dakota law recognizes valid licenses issued from other states including Texas.

September 6, 2005

Missouri

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from Missouri to legally carry in Texas. Missouri residents will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This has the effect of reciprocity between Texas and Missouri since Missouri law recognizes valid licenses issued from other states including Texas.

NOTE:  Missouri "Permit" is actually a regular Missouri Driver's License or NonDriver's License issued with a "Concealed Carry Endorsement" on the face of the license. The Endorsement appears in red letters above the license photo and reads "CCW until (Expiration Date of Endorsement)."

September 1, 2005

Michigan

Note: In accordance with Mich. Comp. Laws § 28.432a(f), the State of Michigan may honor valid out-of-state permits held only by residents of a reciprocal state. Therefore, Texas concealed handgun licenses issued to non-resident Texans under V.T.C.A. Government Code § 411.173 are not eligible for reciprocal recognition under this Agreement.

May 4, 2005

Connecticut

Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with permanent (plastic) concealed handgun licenses from Connecticut to legally carry in Texas. Connecticut permanent license holders will be required to follow texas law while carrying in this state. Temporary (paper) Connecticut concealed handgun licenses are not recognized under this proclamation. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Connecticut.

April 14, 2005

Iowa

Note: Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a unilateral proclamation recognizing Iowa Concealed Handgun Licenses on April 14, 2005 allowing citizens with concealed handgun licenses issued by Iowa to legally carry concealed handguns in Texas. This is not a reciprocal agreement, therefore, Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses holders may NOT carry concealed handguns in Iowa.

March 24, 2005

Nevada

Note: Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a unilateral proclamation recognizing Nevada Concealed Handgun Licenses on March 24, 2005 allowing citizens with concealed handgun licenses issued by Nevada to legally carry concealed handguns in Texas. This is not a reciprocal agreement, therefore, Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses holders may NOT carry concealed handguns in Nevada.