If you’re thinking about getting a Federal Firearms License (FFL) in Texas so that you can be a gun manufacturer or firearms dealer (even from your home) in the lone-star state, then you’re in the right place.
Most of the requirements for getting your FFL License are federal rules and regs, however, each state also has its own requirements for getting an FFL. Thankfully, Texas is gun friendly…. but, there are still some things to watch out for. As we’ll explore more later, local zoning laws can be tricky and can cause a problem for getting your FFL (especially if you don’t know the right way to navigate them).
Let’s take a quick overview of the basic federal requirements and then dig into everything that is required to get your FFL in Texas.
In this “Getting Your FFL in Texas Guide” we’ll cover:
- Federal FFL License Requirements
- Texas State Requirements for Getting an FFL
- Local (city/town/county) FFL License Requirements
- Texas FFL Summary
Federal FFL License Requirements
Even though you’re looking to get your FFL while living in Texas, the first requirements to look at are the federal FFL License requirements.
Thankfully, the federal FFL Requirements aren’t that burdensome.
In over-simplified terms, if you are at least 21 years old, lawfully able to possess firearms and ammunition, and have a location and business-intent, then you qualify for an FFL.
FFL License Requirements:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be legally allowed to possess firearms and ammunition
- Have a location for conducting FFL activities (home-based FFLs are the most popular FFLs in the country)
- Ensure that your business activity at that location meets zoning requirements
- NOT have violated the Gun Control Act (GCA) or its regulations
- NOT lied on your FFL application
If you’d like to learn more, check out our article on FFL Requirements.
Once you meet the the federal FFL Requirements, it’s time to move on the Texas FFL Requirements and then apply for your FFL.
Texas State Requirements for Getting an FFL
State requirements for an FFL can be broken down into two categories:
- State licensing requirements, and
- Business registration requirements
Some states require extra licensing or registration for FFLs and all states require business registration.
Texas FFL Licensing Requirements
Good news! Texas has no special licensing requirement for FFLs.
This means that your FFL is all you’ll need to be engaged in the business of firearms in Texas.
If you move your FFL to another state, however, you may have state-level registration requirements in your new state.
Texas Business Registration Requirements
Just as with any other state, you’ll need to register your business with the State of Texas.
If you register your business in another state (we suggest this in our Get Your FFL course), you’ll still need to have an official presence in Texas.
To register your FFL business in Texas, you should check out the steps to starting a TX business by the Texas Department of Economic Development which cover registering with the Texas Secretary of State and the Texas Business Permit Office (if necessary).
Texas Local (City/Town) FFL Requirements
Local zoning issues can be one of the biggest hang-ups for people applying for their FFL.
Getting around zoning issues is not that hard once you know a few tricks.
But, you MUST ensure that the location you have chosen (most often a home-based FFL) allows for a business.
Unfortunately, too many people are told that they can’t have an FFL in a residential area and they give up. Very often, the restrictions on business in certain areas are due to a misunderstanding about business activity.
For example. zoning departments hear “FFL” and they assume heavy foot traffic and retail activities, But, most home-based FFLs are only occasionally having a customer stop by and aren’t going to be having retail-level traffic.
We cover this and more, including business hour requirements, in our Get Your FFL course.
Texas FFL Summary
Getting your FFL in Texas is one of the easiest states to got your license.
There are no extra state requirements for getting an FFL License and the local zoning requirements are the same as any other state.
Of course, having Texas being so gun-friendly doesn’t hurt.
If you’re ready, get started with your Texas FFL today.
Texas Federal Firearm License FAQs
Q: Does Texas require extra licensing for FFLs?
A: No, there are not extra licensing requirements for FFLs in Texas
Q: Do I need to register a business for an FFL in Texas?
A: Yes, if you are forming a business for your FFL, then it must be registered in Texas.
Q: How much does an FFL cost in Texas?
A: An FFL in Texas costs anywhere from $30 to $200 for 3 years. For a full breakdown on the cost of an FFL, check out How Much Does an FFL Cost?.