When I got my CHL and renewal I got the packet from DPS before taking the class. I did the renewal on-line. Witht the packet came my number from the state. I understood that I needed that number to send in with the packet. A freind is taking the CHL class later this month. I suggested he go on-line and get his packet so he ouldn't have to wait for the number later. The guy at the gun shop told us both that the instructor would provide the packet and ther number when he took the class. So, does it matter? It really isn't clear on the DPS site.