How to get a Security Guard License in Texas

In order to become a licensed security guard in the state of Texas, you must currently be employed, or be in the process of being employed, by a licensed security agency. To be hired by one of these agencies you will have to meet the requirements that follow:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or be able to provide an alien registration card and the proper authorization to work in the United States
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You can have no felony convictions in your background
  • You must pass a drug test
  • You must be mentally competent
  • You cannot have been issued a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military
  • You must not have been indicted with a Class A or B misdemeanor
  • You cannot be on a sex offenders registry in the state
  • You must meet the fitness requirements

How to get a Security Guard License in Texas

A commissioned security guard has the right to carry a firearm while they are performing their duties. In order to have this level of security guard license you will need:

  • To meet all of the criteria of an unarmed security guard that is listed above
  • Not have any restraining orders under your name in the state
  • You must pass skill requirements with a firearm
  • You must be able to exercise good judgment according to the licensing agency
  • You cannot suffer from a psychiatric disorder, if you have suffered from a disorder like this in the past you will need a signed document from your psychiatrist that says you are able to make good judgment decisions and are not affected by your past condition

Level II Training

In order to be a licensed security guard in the state of Texas you will have to successfully complete a level II training course. During level II training you will study:

  • The rules of state laws and state board
  • How to take professional notes
  • How to fill out a professional incident report

Level II training must be from a certified facility. This training is conducted in a 6 hour course that teaches you all of the basic things you need to know to be an unarmed or commissioned security guard.

There are both in person-level II training classes and online level II training classes. You have to take a refresher every 2 years to keep your license up to date and valid.

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Submit an application

You can submit your application to become a licensed security guard either online, or via the mail services. 

Pass a Background Check

You will need to pass an FBI background check. This is a fingerprint-based check that you will need to pay for. The cost of the check is $25 dollars, and this background check should be sent in with your application.

You will need to register via Identogo and receive a department issued Fast Pass on your fingerprints. Identogo manages the electronic fingerprint database and you can go to their online website at to register with them.

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