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Armed Security Guard Training in Texas

Armed security guards in Texas must be registered and employed with a security agency. You must obtain a weapons permit in addition to your registration card. After all requirements are met, the Texas Department of Public Safety will administer all licenses and permits.

Basic requirements for Armed Security guards in Texas:

  • You must be at least 21 years old (18 years old if you have an honorable military discharge)
  • United States citizen or legal alien
  • Valid social security number
  • No felony convictions or any crime involving the illegal use of weapons
  • Mental competency
  • Drug Testing
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Fingerprint cards (2)
  • Passport photo
  • Texas driver’s license
  • Level II certificate of completion
  • Successfully complete Level III classroom training & firearms training

Training

Commission officers must have completed level II Basic security guard training. This training may be given by hiring company as long as the curriculum is in accordance guidelines set for by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Firearms Training

Armed security officers in Texas are called commissioned officers and they must complete and pass a level 3 training program, which consists of 30 hours, given by a level III certified instructor. Form PSB38-A must be submitted with application. Search here for a security training course near you.

For more information, please call the Texas Office of General Counsel Public Information – Private Security Records, Regulatory Service, at (512) 424-7710.

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20 Responses to “Armed Security Guard Training in Texas”

  1. Can anyone give me any information on where I need to go to enroll in a training course to become an armed security guard in Texas. I live in the Texarkana Texas area. I would like any information on what I need to do to meet all requirements and how I can obtain any certificates that I will need in order to become a armed security guard. I am willing to go through a training program or whatever I have to do.

    Thank you,
    Derek Latham

  2. I am a Texas Commissioned Security Officer, and I recently quit back in March of this year, and my dad made me sale my firearm to him for $300 and its still registered in my name and he still has it. Am I liable for it or can I do something legally about it?

    Thank you

  3. At one time I was an armed officer in Jackson, Ms. For a company called “Gunsight security” owner the honorable Judge Robert Waller. Though the laws for armed security officers “Commissioned officers” vary from state
    To state. I aquired my handgun carriers license “HCL”. And was wondering if that would help or hurt my chances of becoming an armed security officer.
    Sincerely
    Turner Jaynes Jr
    specialist E4 2nd of the 114TH discharged

  4. Good afternoon I have 2yrs of security have my non commission license also I have my twice card but I would love to be level 3 do y’all have class on weekends because I work in the morning from 7am to 3pm

  5. i would like any informatin on how to obtain any certificates or requirements to have a carrer in armed security guard thank you kerry st.amand

  6. thank you

  7. i would like any information for security position

  8. please send me information on obtaining traing and job placement for security position

  9. How long does the processe to become a armed security guard take to star workimg

  10. I am an Army disabled retiree thats able to work. I am interested in continuing my military police experience as an armed security agent. Please assist on information as to how and where i can obtain the liscenses needed. Thank you very much for your time.
    Ari Baron
    SSG USA RET.
    resides in El Paso, TX.

  11. I have passed my level 3 will I have to get my level 2

  12. Can anyone give me any information on where I need to go to enroll in a training course to become an armed security guard in Texas. I live in Carrollton Texas area. I would like any information on what I need to do to meet all requirements and how I can obtain any certificates that I will need in order to become a armed security guard. I am willing to go through a training program or whatever I have to do.

  13. do i need to first be employed by a security company BEFORE i begin training to become a commissioned officer?

  14. looking to start a level 2 security guard class

  15. I request information about training to become a armed security guard thank you

  16. I live in Virginia and am currently seeking to move to Dallas. I am an armed security officer, certified by the state of VA, with arrest authority, cpr/first aid and 10 years experience in security. If I do not have a Texas drivers license, is it still possible for me to obtain a level 3 commission?

  17. Good morning,
    I am a former CERT Correctional officer at Riverbend maximum-security institution and a former Lieutenant armed security guard in Nashville TN. I moved to Texas since 2015, I would like to have a Texas security armed license, and I need some help please on where to start. Thank you very much if there is anything you can do to help. I live in Irving TX (Dallas County. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.
    AC

  18. I am interested in becoming a armed security guard but can’t find information for schooling or jobs . I am in rosenberg Texas
    Thank you
    Herbert Kroesche

  19. I’m looking to become a armed security guard I live in Killeen Texas I don’t know how or know what to do to become one

  20. Is there a shooting requirement to pass the training, like have to hit so many shots within a certain area of the targets, or like so many bullseye or points to pass. Just wondering how good do I really need to be able to shoot to pass?

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