L3R – 3.5 Commissioned Security Officer Requirements

Commissioned Security Officer Requirements

An individual may not accept employment as a security officer to carry a firearm in the course and scope of the individual’s duties unless the individual holds a security officer commission. An individual employed as a security officer may not knowingly carry a firearm while performing duties as a security officer unless the Department has issued a security officer commission to the individual. A person may not hire or employ an individual as a security officer to carry a firearm in the course and scope of the individual’s duties unless the individual holds a security officer commission.

I       Application for a Security Officer Commission

A complete security officer commission 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;
  • 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. Non- resident 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.

II         Commissioned Security Officer Standards

Commissioned security officers shall carry their pocket cards while on duty and when traveling to and from the place of assignment and shall present the cards upon request by a peace officer or to a representative of the department.

A commissioned security officer shall not: Perform the duties of a commissioned security officer for any person(s) other than the licensed employer reflected in department records; possess or use any security officer commission pocket card that has been altered; or deface or allow improper use of his security officer commission pocket card.

All commissioned and noncommissioned private security officers shall, at a minimum, display on their outermost garment the name of the company by which the security officer is employed, the word “Security,” and the last name of the security officer. These items shall each be of a size, style, shape, design, and type that are clearly visible by a reasonable person under normal conditions.

Uniform requirement does not apply to a personal protection service in plain clothes.

I         Issuance of Security Officer Commission – Pocket Card

The department may issue a security officer commission to an individual employed as a uniformed security officer; and shall issue a security officer commission to a qualified employee of an armored car company that is a carrier conducting the armored car business under a federal or state permit or certificate. A security officer commission issued under this section must be in the form of a pocket card designed by the department that identifies the security officer.

II        Renewal of Security Officer Commission

An application for renewal of a security officer commission may not be submitted more than ninety (90) days prior to expiration. A completed renewal application must be submitted on the most current version of the form provided by the department. The application must include:

  • The required renewal application fee.
  • 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;
  • Non-United States citizens must submit a copy of their current alien registration card. Nonresident aliens must also submit a copy of a current work authorization card and documents establishing the right to possess firearms under federal law.
  • A valid firearms proficiency certificate issued no more than ninety (90) days prior to date of the renewal application.
  • Unless usable prints are on file with the department, fingerprints in a manner approved by the department; and
  • The required criminal history check fee.

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