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Security Guard Training in Texas

Texas Security Guard TrainingTo become a licensed security guard in the state of Texas, you must first complete the Level II Training Course and Test.

All commissioned and non-commissioned (armed and unarmed) security officers must go through this training. The training must be taken at a licensed school and taught by a licensed instructor.

To become a commissioned (armed) security officer, you must complete the Level II and Level III Training. If you are interested in becoming a Personal Protection Officer (bodyguard), this requires you to complete the Level IV Training courses. All of these courses and the next available training class can be found via this form.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau (PSB) regulates the private security industry in the state of Texas.

The Licensing section of the PSB handles all applications for a registration.

You must first be employed or be in the process of being employed by a licensed Private Security Company before you can apply.

After you are employed, you have two options to submit your application to the PSB:

1. You can manually send in your application and all required supplemental documents by mailing your complete application package to the following address:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Private Security Bureau
5806 Guadalupe, Building I
Austin, Texas 78752


2. You can visit the PSB website and apply for your application online. This will allow you to complete your basic application online, pay the associated fees online, and schedule an electronic fingerprint appointment, which is necessary to do a background check.

Please note that when you apply online, you will still need to manually send in any supplemental forms (such as your fingerprinting forms and forms from your employer), however after you fill out your online application there will be a list of supplemental documents that you can use as a checklist.

After all forms have been properly submitted, it will take approximately 4-6 weeks to get your individual registration.

Your registration expires every 2 years from the date of issue, in which case you’d have to renew, which can be done online as well.

For more information, please see this licensing FAQ.

Also see security guard training and testing information in Texas.

26 Responses to “Security Guard Training in Texas”

  1. In Florida a person must be licensed first, so how does it work to go with a security company and not be licensed yet in Texas? Ican’t see a security company hiring someone w/out their licenses ahead of time unless he state allows the applicant to work while the application is being processed.

  2. You need to be certified before you can work as a security officer and you need to be hired as a security officer before you can be licensed. Sometimes a security company will pay for a person to get certified.

  3. I was hired without a license and im from houston tx. No experiance.

  4. I’m pretty sure licensing and certification work like they do in EMS. That means taking a course and passing a test certifies that you know how to do the job, but then the state has to license you to practice in their state.

    Certification is done by a testing authority, but doesn’t mean you can legally practice. The state licenses you to practice, gives you the legal OK to do the work.

    Looks link in Texas you have to have a job with an agency to get licensed.

  5. Great site pat! 🙂

  6. We are a fully licensed academy for teaching the complete Level lll Armed Security Guard Couse in Texas. The couse is completed in four (4) consecutive working days, not over several weekends. We are located in Longiew, Texas and service the entire East Texas Region. Our phone number is 903-753-7177 and my personal cell number is 903-238-5483. Call for further information.

  7. I live in Texas and iam interested in working for top gun i was wondering what i should do first in getting into the security guard field, seeing as i have no expierence in this field i was hoping for some advice to get me staryed in the right direction. Any suggestions?

  8. I live in Texas and iam interested in working for top gun i was wondering what i should do first in getting into the security guard field, seeing as i have no expierence in this field i was hoping for some advice to get me started in the right direction. Any suggestions?

  9. Dear Sir,
    I’m Dhruba Pudasaini, age 29 years.
    I am currently serving in UNAMID as peace keeping officer.
    I’m from Nepal and I’m interested in working as security guard in TEXAS. Pls kindly send the procedure for this.
    Im waiting for your reply…!

  10. I want to become a security officer

  11. I am retired after 35 years in the oilfield from Baker Hughes G.E.
    I’m interested in working part time in security again. Did security back
    In 1980 for Southwest Security as commission license. For Compaq Computers. How do I go about it. I’m healthy and savory on shipping / recieving and warehouse and Rover.
    Dean w. Schnarr
    Live in North Spring
    Would like to be hired in North Spring and or Woodlands or Conroe Texas.

  12. Can we be both types of security guard

  13. My name is Paul Carriles. I’ve had a private security service registration license in Virginia. I moved to Texas 2 years ago and I let my license expire do I have to renew it or take all the classes over again. Thank you

  14. I only have a work permit
    Social security #
    And VALID ID

    And get hired for LEVEL 3 commission

    Or do i need to be a citizen, green card or permanent residency??

  15. I’ve always wanted to become a License security guard, it’s been my dream. Just want to protect my community

  16. I’ve been working for Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice for about 2 years now does that qualify me to obtain a application for a security license?

    It’s not a private company but a private company salary wouldn’t cover my bills

  17. I would love to continue my criminal justice career. Which I have a Bachelors of Science degree in criminal justice. I would love to continue my career as a armed security guard supervisor. I’m currently located in Waco Hewitt Texas how do I go by getting certified?

  18. My son went through job corps for his level 3 in security and does not have the paperwork from them to show it. How would he go about getting his level 3 certificate. He has been calling jobcorps with no response.

  19. I have my basic security officer license but want to become an armed security officer. I am unemployed at this time. What do I need to do to become a licensed armed security officer. I am from the DFW area.

  20. I’m former Military and LEO. Worked security management before as well, but never had a card. I’m wanting to move to Texas to be closer to my children, but a lot of security jobs won’t accept someone who doesn’t have a level 3+ in hand. Is there a way to get a Texas Guard License while I’m in a different state? I’m in Utah currently.

  21. Can I use my California guard card if I move to Texas

  22. My level 3 card expired July of 2020. Do I still have my level 2??

  23. I live in New York and I do security but I want to move to Texas, can I transfer my license or do I take the class all over?

  24. Can I continue to keep and renew my license, if I am not employed as a security officer?

  25. I am a retired police officer after 35+ years. I have been retired since 2015. I am bored at home and I feel like I am still able to work as a security guard. I am not looking for any bodies position just the chance to do what I used to do.
    Did lots and lots of surveillance that led to several arrest. Just looking to get back into it even at my age of 68. Maybe someone out there could learn from me. Thanks for your time and I won’t lose Hope.

  26. Hello
    I have an issue in my application says : No commissioned registration on file , how I can fix it
    I finish level 2 and 3 and 4 , and am applying for license
    But still stuck in this issue, could any one please tell me how to fix it .

    Many thanks

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