L3 – Next Steps

Level 3 in person Training

  • All Handgun proficiency and self-defense courses must be completed in-person with an on-site instructor approved by the Department.
  • Self-defense tactics must be included as part of the level III training for commissioned security officers and personal protection officers. (The self-defense tactics were previously included in the training material; HB 3424 makes it a requirement.)
We offer the required in person training. Sessions are held at 407 gun club in argyle texas. to schedule go to the link below and use coupon code 20oFFDTF.  

Schedule in-person defensive tactics and firearms 10 hour session


  • All original and renewing applicants for a commissioned security officer license are required to complete the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).
  • If an individual is currently licensed as a personal protection officer and commissioned security officer, we will use the MMPI on file to satisfy the requirement to submit the MMPI when they renew the commission license. 
We have partnered with Huntly Shelton PhD for the required MMPI and Interview.  The link below will allow to schedule the appointment. Please let me know if you have any questions.  

For more information regarding HB 3424 please visit https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/private-security/88th-legislation 

Application for a Security Officer Level III

A complete security officer application must be submitted on the most current version of the form provided by the department.

The application must include:

  • the required application fee;
  • fingerprints in form and manner approved by the department;
  • the required criminal history check fee;
  • a copy of the applicant’s Level III certificate of completion;
  • non-Texas residents must provide a copy of an identification card issued by the state of the applicant’s residence, or other government issued identification card; and
  • non-United States citizens must submit a copy of their current alien registration card. Nonresident aliens must also submit documents establishing the right to possess firearms under federal law.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be processed and will be returned for clarification or missing information.

The Private Security Program has an online application process and licensing database called Texas Online Private Security (TOPS). TOPS is a user-friendly program that provides faster application processing, application status updates via email, and real time licensing information.

To apply go to TOPS