Veteran Fee’s Benefit for Texas Concealed Handgun License

This is copy of an email sent to TXDPS Concealed Handgun Legal concerning no discount for veterans over 60 years of age.  Sent 12/21/09:

To: T.D.P.S. Concealed Handgun Legal

From: Phil Ryan 00009602

Subject:  License Fee’s

It has come to my attention that the fees being charged veterans whom are over 60 years of age (and been discharged for 366 days or more) are being over-charged for their Texas Concealed Handgun License.

Government Code Chapter 411.195 REDUCTION OF FEES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, the department shall reduce by 50% any fee required for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license under this subchapter if the applicant for the license is 60 years of age or older.

Government Code Chapter 411.1951 WAIVER OR REDUCTION OF FEES FOR MEMBERS OR VETERANS OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. (a) In this section, “veteran” means a person who:

(1)    Has served in:

(A)   The army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps of the United States;

(B)   The state military forces as defined by Section 431.001; or

(C)   An auxiliary service of one of those branches of the service in which the person served.

(2)     Has been honorably discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, the department shall waive any fee required for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license under this subchapter if the applicant for the license is:

(1)  a member of the United States armed forces, including a member of the reserves, national guard, or state guard; or

(2) a veteran who, within 365 days preceding the date of application, was honorably discharged from the branch of service in which the person served.

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, the department shall reduce by 50 percent any fee required for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license under this subchapter if the applicant for the license is a veteran who, more than 365 days preceding the date of the application, was honorably discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served.

Based on the aforementioned, the fees for veterans over 60 years of age, meeting the criteria of over 365 days since honorable discharge should be reduced by 50% for 60 years of age, than an additional 50% for veteran status.

The current published fee’s for the persons in question are:

  • Original License over 60 – $70.00
  • Veteran – $70.00
  • Renewal over 60 – $35.00
  • Veteran – $35.00

Since the fee for over 60 years of age precedes, and is the base fee for a person over 60, the veteran discount should be taken of the base fee for someone over 60 years of age.  The discount for a person’s 60 years of age or more and a veteran should be:

  • Original License (60 + and Veteran) – $35.00
  • Renewal (60+ and Veteran) – $17.50
  • Duplicate, Modified or Change of address – $6.25

The government code specifically states that there is a discount(s) for meeting both criteria, and notwithstanding any other provision as stated, the veteran discount is in addition to, any other fee that would be normally charged.

The intent of the veteran discount was, to honor the service of those who were in the military.  There is no benefit for a veteran over 60 years of age based on the current fee’s being charged.

I look forward to your response,

Respectfully Submitted,

Philip A. Ryan

Instructor #00009602

instructor@txconcealedcarry.com

214-893-4116

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