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Private Security

All original Private Security applicants are required to submit fingerprints to DPS through the Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) as part of the complete application. Private Security applicants must submit fingerprints electronically, unless the applicant qualifies for alternative fingerprint process. Please see Instructions for scheduling a fingerprint appointment. If an electronic fingerprinting appointment cannot be scheduled within three business days, DPS can be contacted at Fingerprint Services.

As amended by HB 4030, Texas Occupations Code §1702.230 provides upon verification an applicant has submitted a substantially complete application, DPS 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 Texas Administrative Code §35.21, and DPS 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.

This provision does not apply to those who have applied as commissioned security and personal protection officers.

The Private Security Program regulates the private security and private investigation industry in Texas under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the Private Security Board’s Administrative Rules.

Public access to certain records of disciplinary action is available, toll-free, at (800) 224-5744.

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