New Texas Commissioned Level 3 Security Officer Training & Licensing Requirements (Armed)
- TX Security Officer License Type: Security Officer Level 3 Commissioned Officer License
- TX Security Office License Length: 2 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: $55 ($50 application fee + $5 subscription fee)
- Security Officer Courses before You Apply for a Security Officer License: 40 hours (Cost varies, $250 typical)
Texas Commissioned Level 3 Security Officer Training & Application Process Level 3
- 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. If you have fingerprints on file from getting your Level 2 security guard license, you don’t need to submit new fingerprints.
- 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 and Three Certificates 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.
- 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 commissioned security guard license, you can work as an unarmed guard, but not as an armed guard, while waiting for your Level 3 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. You can then work as an armed guard.
Texas Commissioned Level 3 Security Officer Online Application
Your employer use the Private Security Bureau website to apply for your security officer license online.
Texas Commissioned Level 3 Security Officer License Exemptions
There are no exemptions from getting your security guard pocket guard if you want to work as an armed 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 Texas Commissioned Level 3 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
- Found by a court to be incompetent by reason of mental defect.
- Currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interests.
- Suffer from a psychiatric disorder or condition that causes or is likely to cause substantial impairment in judgment, mood, perception, impulse control, or intellectual ability?
- Convicted in any court of a misdemeanor offense involving domestic violence.
- Unlawful user of a controlled substance or addicted to any controlled substances.
- Federal law prohibits the Bureau from issuing a license to anyone who is ineligible to work in the U.S.
Texas Commissioned Level 3 Security Officer Training Requirements
The Texas Department of Public Safety requires that you take 40 hours of classes and pass a written test. The test is a standard test prepared by the Private Security Bureau. The state has a standardized security guard training manual. The 40 hours of security guard courses includes 30 hours of non-firearm related security guard training topics and 10 hours of firearm training.
The required courses in the 40 hours of security guard training include:
- Laws and Regulations
- Notes & Report Writing
- Crime Scene Protection
- Officer Safety/Survival
- Use of Force; Criminal/Civil
- Conflict Resolution
- Customer Service
- Defensive Tactics
- Handgun Live Fire
How to Transfer a Security Guard Pocket Card to a Different Employer in Texas
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.
Commissioned (Armed) Security Officer (Level 3) 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:
- The name of the company under whom the commissioned security officer is employed, the word “Security” and identification that contains the last name of the security officer.
- The name of the company and the word “Security” must be of a size, style, shape, design, and type which is clearly visible by a reasonable person under normal conditions.