New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer Training & Licensing Requirements
The following are the new Texas non-commissioned level 2 security officer training and licensing requirements from the Department of Public Safety’s Private Security Bureau:
- TX Security Officer License Type: Security Officer Level 2 Non-commissioned Officer License
- TX Security Office License Length: 3 years
- TX Security Guard Licensing Authority: Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau
- TX Security Guard Licensing Website: Texas Private Security Bureau
- TX Security Guard Licensing Phone Number: (512) 424-7293 (open 8am to 5pm)
- TX Security Guard Licensing Address:
Mail Including Payment:
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 15999
Austin, TX 78761-5999
Mail Without Payment:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Private Security – MSC 0241
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001
- TX Security Guard Fingerprinting & Background Fees: $25 (for FBI background check)
- Security Guard Application Fee: $33 ($30 application fee + $3 subscription fee)
- Security Officer Courses before You Apply for a Security Officer License: 6 hours (Cost varies, $50 typical)
New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer Application Process
- Interview for a security guard job.
- Get a job by a security guard company.
- Get the security guard training required for your guard license level.
- Schedule your electronic fingerprints to be taken at L1 Services. Sometimes you may have to wait several days to several weeks to get an appointment. L1 Services only accepts appointments.
- Get your fingerprints taken by L1 Services.
- By Mail: $25.00 FBI fingerprint fee and submit two classifiable & completed fingerprints on Bureau issued fingerprint cards.
- By internet using the Texas online and IBT services: $25.00 FBI fingerprint fee and provide a copy of your signed IBT FAST Receipt.
- Your employer submits your security guard license application to the Private Security Bureau either by mail or online. Filing out forms:
- Submit Level Two Certificate of Completion for security guard training.
- Submit a copy of your drivers license or identification card.
- If applicable, submit a copy of your certificate of naturalization or permanent resident alien card.
- Your employer submits your security guard license application to the Private Security Bureau either by mail or online.
- Wait 4-6 weeks to get your license to be approved. An incomplete application, missing fingerprint cards, incorrect fees submitted or a missing training certificate increase the amount of time it takes for your security officer license to be issued.
- After your employer has submitted your application for a non-commissioned security guard license, you can work as an unarmed guard while waiting for your license to be approved or rejected. Once your license is approved, it is mailed to your employer.
- When your employer gives you your security guard pocket card, affix your picture to it, sign it and laminate it. You should carry this in your pocket, not on the outside of your garments, while on duty.
New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer Online Application
Your employer use the Private Security Bureau website to apply for your security officer license online.
New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer License Exemptions
There are no exemptions from getting your security guard pocket guard if you want to work as an unarmed security guard in Texas. Full time peace officers and retired police officers require licenses to work as security guards. However, you don’t have to get fingerprinted for the security guard application.
Important: Most Texas law enforcement agencies have rules that prohibit their peace officers from working off duty as security guards. So if you are working as a peace officer, you should verify with your agency that it is OK to work as a security guard or you could risk losing your peace officer career.
Reasons You Won’t Get Your New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer License
Your application to be a security guard in TX can be denied if you’ve been convicted of many offenses that relate to the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Some of these reasons you can be denied your security guard license or the renewal of your license, include, but are not limited to:
- A felony conviction for 10 years from the date you completed serving your sentence unless a full pardon has been granted for a wrongful conviction.
- A class A misdemeanor offense for 5 years from the date you completed serving your sentence unless a full pardon has been granted for a wrongful conviction.
- Conviction for a felony or class A offense that does not relate to being a security guard for 5 years from the date of commission.
- A dishonorable military discharges for 5 years for Class B misdemeanor offenses and 10 years for Class A or felony offense.
- Some class B misdemeanor offenses for 5 years.
- Registered sex offender in Texas or any other state
- Federal law prohibits the Bureau from issuing a license to anyone who is ineligible to work in the U.S.
How to Renew Your Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer License
Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations Code, DPS-RSD requires that you submit your Non-commissioned License Renewal application to the Department of Public Safety no later than 30 days prior to your license expiration date. Your employer must submit form PSB-17 Indiviudal Security Guard License Renewal, the renewal fee of $30 and subscription fee of $3.
How to Renew Your Expired Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer License
- If your security guard license has been expired for less than 90 days, you must pay the renewal fee of $30, the subscription fee of $3 and 1/2 the renewal fee ($15).
- If your security guard pocket guard license has been expired for less than one year and you’ve changed employers, your employer must submit form PSB-14 Employee Information Update, the $17.00 update fee, form PSB-17 Individual Security Guard License Renewal, the renewal fee of $30, late fee of $30 and subscription fee $3.
- If your security guard pocket guard license has been expired for less than one year and you haven’t changed employers, your employer must submit form PSB-17 Indiviudal Security Guard License Renewal, the renewal fee of $30, late fee of $30 and subscription fee of $3.
- If your security guard registration has been expired more than 6 months, your current employer must also submit 2 fingerprint cards and the $25.00 FBI fee, the renewal fee of $30, late fee of $30 and subscription fee of $3.
- If your registration has been expired for more than one year, your current employer must submit an original application, 2 fingerprint cards and the FBI fee of $25.
New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer Training Requirements
The Texas Department of Public Safety requires that you take 6 hours of classes and pass a written test. The test is a standard test prepared by the Private Security Bureau. Administration, supervisors and salespersons employed by security company are also required to take these classes and exams to get their non-commissioned security officer license.
The required courses in the 6 hours of security guard training include:
- Department of Public Safety – Private Security Bureau Regulations and Actions
- Role of Security Officers
- Police interaction with security officers
- Conflict Resolution
- Use of Force
- Radio Procedures
- Detainment & Arrest
- Report Writing & Observations
- Response to Emergencies
- Applicable Penal Code Studies
New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer Training Exemptions
If you are a full time Texas police officer or have honorably retired from the peace officer force within the last 2 years, you don’t have to take the Level 2 security officer training in order to get your non-commissioned security officer license. If you’re a constable who works full time as a constable, you’re also exempt from the security guard training requirements, but not from the licensing requirements. If you are a part time, volunteer or reserve peace officer, you’re not exempt from taking the security officer training classes.
How to Transfer a Texas Security Guard Pocket Card to a Different Employer
Your license registration (pocket card) is transferable card. You won’t get a new pocket security license card when you work for a new employer. However, your new employer must submit the Employee Information Update form PSB-14 (PDF). You and your new employer don’t have to submit an new application or re-pay license fees.
How to Replace a Lost or Damaged Security License Pocket Card in Texas
If you lose or damage your security license pocket card, complete and submit the Request for Duplicate License form PSB-37 (PDF). You must also submit a $10.00 fee.
Security Guard Uniform Requirements in Texas
No security guard (Level 2, 3 or 4) can display a badge, shoulder patch, logo or any other identification which contains the words “Law Enforcement” and/or similar word(s) including, but not limited to: agent, enforcement agent, detective, task force, fugitive recovery agent or any other combination of names which gives the impression that the bearer is in any way connected with the federal government, state government or any political subdivision of a state government.
New Texas Non-Commissioned Level 2 Security Officer Uniform
Display in the outermost garment in style, shape design and type which is visible by a reasonable person under normal conditions identification which contains:
- either the name or board-approved logo of the company under whom the security officer is employed, or the name or the board-approved logo of the business entity with whom the employing company had contracted;
- the last name of the security officer; and
- the word “Security.”