Texas DPS has revised again how the CHL is done. The Instructor can no longer order packets for the students in advanced. The student must now order it on their own. This can be done in two ways: 1. send a post card asking for the packet, then pay. 2. Pay online and they will send you a packet. However: Students need to know that they do not need to have the packet before going to class. The Instructor can now download a Range/Classroom Certificate from the website and complete it during class. Then the student has up to a year (or more in some cases) to order and complete the packet. In the packet, the student will find three affidavits that they can have notarized at their personal Bank or Credit Union for free. You will also find the License Application that you will have a year to complete and return with the Range/Classroom Certificate that the instructor gave you. DPS asks that you get two Passport Photos (the instructor may do this for you) and put them in a separate 'letter' type envelope inside the large Application envelope. This is so the pictures do not get lost. Put your name and TXDL number on the outside of the letter envelope and place it in the large envelope. Your fingerprints can be taken by the Instructor, Tx DPS, the Sheriff’s Office, or you can go to the TxDPS website and it will direct you to a place called F.A.S.T. to get digital fingerprints. DPS will send a letter to every County and State that you have lived in within the last 5 years. This is to find out if you are delinquent on taxes or behind on any payments. DPS will not issue you a license until they get a clean record from every one of these Sheriffs. This means that you could be in a class with someone that gets their license back in two months and you would not get yours back for 6 months. Bottom line: Just take the class and worry about the packet later. Make sure you get the Range/Classroom Certificate and make copies of it. You can do the Packet later. Check with your instructor about completing the Fingerprints and notary when your packet comes in. By the way, you no longer have to be a Texan to get your license (or even a U.S. Citizen)... but you do have to come to Texas to take the class... and you have to be here legally.