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What training do I need to qualify for a security license?

Security Officers and Personal Protection Officers are required by  the State of Texas to submit training certifications, an application,  and required fees. There are three levels of basic security  certifications, Non-Commissioned (Level 2), Commissioned (Level 3), and Personal Protection (Level 4).

  • Non-Commission Security Officer applicants must submit a level 2  training certificate with their application and complete fingerprinting.
  • Commission Security Officer applicants must submit level 2 and level  3 training certificates with their application and also complete  fingerprinting.
  • Personal Protection Officer applicants must submit level 2, level 3,  and level 4 training certificates with their application and  fingerprinting with an additional "Declaration of Psychological and Emotional Health.

When do I have to renew my Non-Commissioned Security Officer pocket card?

You can renew a registration online 90 days before the expiration date,  and up to 1 year after expiration (late fees will be applied if  registration is expired).  

When do I have to renew my Commissioned Security Officer card?

Just like the non-commissioned security officer renewal, within the 90  days of expiration and up to 1 year. In order to renew, Commission  Security Officers must submit a firearm proficiency certificate that is  no more than 90 days old.  

Are there certain qualifications to become a security officer?

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria in  Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 of the Private Security Act and  Board Administrative Rules.These publications are on the DPS Private  Security website located in this link Statutes and Rules. 

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