Private Security training is conducted monthly.


Renewal Links:

For Private Security training, read

*NPSI will assist with your online application(s) for $25.00. Pay online and put TOPS APPLICATION and your LAST name in the Payment Description. Then call 210-737-SAFE (7233) to make an appointment.

Click to go to the Texas Private Security Program webpage.

Initial License or Commission Application (1702.230 TOC) and Renewal Applications

The PSP uses an online application process called Texas Online Private Security System (TOPS APPLICATION). It is your responsibility to pay required fees and turn in required certificate(s) and application(s). Do not depend on others. I suggest you never use a company email for TOPS. If you leave the company you are employed with, you may not get PSP messages.

You may register with PSP on TOPS without being employed by a licensed company. Once you “Add Employer” you will be sent your Pocket Card(s). There is an additional fee. However, you must be employed by a licensed company if you applying for a Personal Protection Officer license.

*Level III training certificates are good for 90 days. After 90 days, another handgun proficiency is required.

Please be advised under the Private Security Act (1702 TOC) and 35.4 TAC (37 TAC 1), a criminal conviction may disqualify you from a registration, commission or license under the Act. You may wish to review 35.4 TAC's list of disqualifying offenses and the related periods of ineligibility, available on the department’s website at (click on LAWS tab, then the link to the Administrative Code). You also have a right to request from the department a criminal history evaluation letter under 53.102 TOC.”

Requirements for Personal Protection License (Level IV) (35.91 TAC, 1702.1675, 1702.204-205 TOC)

(5) Submit [through TOPS before or after class] proof of completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test or equivalent (proof of completion of the MMPI test shall be on the prescribed form PSP 13 Declaration of Psychological and Emotional Health and shall be signed by a licensed psychologist [from any State]).

Application; includes an application for an original, renewal, duplicate or updated registration, endorsement, Commission, or license issued under the Act (35.1 TAC)

TOPS Application Instructions and Examples are at

Employment Requirements (35.2 TAC)

  1. Those registered with the Department to perform a regulated service may only perform such services for the employer with whom they are A person [company] may not contract to perform a regulated service unless licensed by the Department as a company under Subchapter F of the Act
  2. The employment relationship between a licensed company and its registered or Commissioned employees must be such that the licensee's commercial liability insurance policy provides the statutorily required coverage for claims arising from the regulated services provided on behalf of the licensee by its registered or Commissioned employees. The failure to maintain and provide current documentation of such coverage is a violation of the Act

Fees, Licensing and Examination (35.131 and 35.132 TAC)

Fingerprints. Fingerprints must be submitted electronically with IdentoGO, unless the applicant qualifies for the Alternative Fingerprint Process. Go to

License means a permit issued by the board that entitles a person [company] to operate as a Security Services Contractor (1702.102 TOC) or Investigations Company (1702.104 TOC). People do not have licenses, however, may be called Licensee; a company licensed under the Act (35.1 TAC). ..., is any person defined in the Act that has been granted a license, registration or Security Officer Commission or has filed an application for a license, registration or Security Officer Commissioned by, or with the Texas Private Security Board. People may

Pocket Card (1702.232 TOC) Issued by the Department, and mailed to the Officer’s home address, after all application requirements are met

  • Registered or Substantially Complete Application – Individual has met the above requirements for employment by a business licensed by DPS/PSP to provide investigative or security services
  • 1702.230(e) TOC provides upon verification an applicant has submitted a substantially complete application, DPS/PSP will make available to the public information on whether the applicant may perform regulated services
  • If the applicant has submitted a substantially complete application in accordance with 35.21 TAC, and DPS/PSP has failed to publish the results or otherwise make a determination of eligibility within 48 hours of the submission of electronic fingerprints, the employer may employ the applicant in a regulated capacity after confirming the applicant is not ineligible, based on review of the DPS Criminal History and Sex Offender databases. The employer must maintain a record of this background check [Print the record.] **This provision does NOT apply to those who have applied as Commissioned Security and Personal Protection Officers [You shall have your Pocket Card in your pocket.]**

Licensee; an individual [everyone] who holds a license or Commission under the Act (35.1 TAC, 1702.230)

  • License number is assigned by PSP
  • Noncommissioned licenses are one Pocket Card
  • Commissioned licenses are on one Pocket Card

License or Commission Required (1702.221(a) TOC) To perform any activity regulated by this chapter, ...