AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has officially issued the 60-day notice that the COVID-related waiver on expiration dates and late fee waivers for Private Security Commissioned Security Officers (CSO) and Personal Protection Officers (PPO) will end on April 14, 2021. Therefore, DPS continues to urge licensees to utilize the Texas Online Private Security (TOPS) licensing system to renew online.
Beginning April 15, 2021, DPS will be implementing changes to the TOPS Licensing System to reinstate the late fees for CSOs and PPOs with licenses that expired on or after March 13, 2020.
Also beginning April 15, 2021, DPS will consider all Texas-issued CSO and PPO pocket cards displaying an expired date invalid.
The expiration and late fee waiver, originally granted by Governor Greg Abbott in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applied only to licenses for Commissioned Security Officers and Personal Protection Officers that expired on or after March 13, 2020. The waiver did not impact non-commissioned security officer licenses or any other private security licenses.
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