If you are applying for a Texas Concealed Handgun License — make sure that all your paperwork is filled out completely, that your fingerprints are free from smudges, and that your passport photos are not grainy. Just some tips from when I submitted my paperwork last year. Be sure to submit your paperwork as early as you can to avoid any extra delays.
Certain fingerprint based criminal history background checks for non criminal justice purposes processed by the Texas DPS that require a check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be delayed in late April and early May to accommodate background checks of an estimated 484,000 U.S. Census employees being hired by the federal government. The FBI has said that fingerprints submitted for criminal justice purposes between April 28 and May 3, such as confirming the identity of an arrested person, will not be affected, but other civil background checks for employment and concealed handgun licenses will be affected across the United States.