Private Business with Internal Security – Registration Requirement

September 11, 2020


The security department of a private business may not employ security officers unless the security department provides notice to the Department of Public Safety of the security department's intent to employee security officers.

A security department of a private business must submit notice to department and be included in the Department of Public Safety's registry to:

  1. Employ commissioned security officers;
  2. Employ personal protection officers; or
  3. Employ non-commissioned security officers that, if in the course of their employment, meet ALL of the following conditions as provided in Section 1702.323(d):
    1. Come into contact with the public; AND
    2. Wear a uniform or badge commonly associated with security or law enforcement, or a patch with wording that is likely to create the impression that they are security officers;
    3. Perform the duties of a security guard, private watchman, guard, or street patrol service to:
      1. Prevent entry, larceny, vandalism, abuse, fire, or trespass on private property;
      2. Prevent, observe, or detect unauthorized activity on private property;
      3. Control, regulate, or direct the movement of the public, whether by vehicle or otherwise, only to the extent and for the time directly and specifically required to ensure the protection of property;
      4. Protect an individual from bodily harm including through the use of a personal protection officer; or
      5. Perform a function similar to a function described above.

Please note: Registry submission does not authorize the business 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, and/or Electronic Access Control Device Company required to be licensed under Chapter 1702, Texas Occupations Code.

For online registry information, please visit Application Instructions.