Government Letter of Authority

A Government Letter of Authority is a license issued by the Private Security Program that allows the security department of a political subdivision to register security and personal protection officers.

A security department of a political subdivision must obtain a Letter of Authority to:

  1. Employ commissioned security officers OR
  2. Employ personal protection officers.

Pursuant to ยง1702.321, registration is permitted but not required for an officer or employee of the United States, this state, or a political subdivision of this state while the employee or officer is performing official duties in a non-commissioned capacity.

A Government Letter of Authority does not require the registration of a qualified manager.

Please note: A Letter of Authority does not authorize the licensee to offer or provide services to any person, third party or entity as an Investigations Company, Guard Company, Alarm Systems Company, Courier Company, Locksmith Company, Electronic Access Control Device Company, and/or Guard Dog Company required to be licensed under Chapter 1702, Texas Occupations Code.

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