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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.

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/psb/

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

SUBCHAPTER F. LICENSING AND DUTIES OF INVESTIGATIONS COMPANIES AND SECURITY SERVICES CONTRACTORS

Sec. 1702.101.  INVESTIGATIONS COMPANY LICENSE REQUIRED.  Unless the person holds a license as an investigations company, a person may not:

(1) act as an investigations company;

(2) offer to perform the services of an investigations company; or

(3) engage in business activity for which a license is required under this chapter.

Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 1702.103. CLASSIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LICENSES. (a) The license classifications are:

(1) Class A: investigations company license, covering operations of an investigations company;

(2) Class B: security services contractor license, covering operations of a security services contractor;

(3) Class C: covering the operations included within Class A and Class B;

(4) Class F: level III training school license;

(5) Class O: alarm level I training school license;

(6) Class P: private business letter of authority license;

(7) Class X: government letter of authority license; and

(8) Class T: telematics license.

(b) A license described by this chapter does not authorize the license holder to perform a service for which the license holder has not qualified. A person may not engage in an operation outside the scope of that person’s license. The board shall indicate on the license the services the license holder is authorized to perform. The license holder may not perform a service unless it is indicated on the license.

(c) A license is not assignable unless the assignment is approved in advance by the board.

(d) The board shall prescribe by rule the procedure under which a license may be terminated.

(e) The board by rule may establish other license classifications for activities expressly regulated by this chapter and may establish qualifications and practice requirements consistent with this chapter for those license classifications.

Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.587, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 936, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146 (H.B. 2730), Sec. 4.31, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 1702.104. INVESTIGATIONS COMPANY. (a) A person acts as an investigations company for the purposes of this chapter if the person:

(1) engages in the business of obtaining or furnishing, or accepts employment to obtain or furnish, information related to:

(A) crime or wrongs done or threatened against a person, state, or the United States;

(B) the identity, habits, business, occupation, knowledge, efficiency, loyalty, movement, location, affiliations, associations, transactions, acts, reputation, or character of a person;

(C) the location, disposition, or recovery of lost or stolen property; or

(D) the cause or responsibility for a fire, libel, loss, accident, damage, or injury to a person or to property;

(2) engages in the business of securing, or accepts employment to secure, evidence for use before a court, board, officer, or investigating committee;

(3) engages in the business of securing, or accepts employment to secure, the electronic tracking of the location of an individual or motor vehicle other than for criminal justice purposes by or on behalf of a governmental entity; or

(4) engages in the business of protecting, or accepts employment to protect, an individual from bodily harm through the use of a personal protection officer.

(b) For purposes of Subsection (a)(1), obtaining or furnishing information includes information obtained or furnished through the review and analysis of, and the investigation into the content of, computer-based data not available to the public. The repair or maintenance of a computer does not constitute an investigation for purposes of this section and does not require licensing under this chapter if:

(1) the review or analysis of computer-based data is performed only to diagnose a computer or software problem;

(2) there is no intent to obtain or furnish information described by Subsection (a)(1); and

(3) the discovery of any information described by Subsection (a)(1) is inadvertent.

Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 906 (H.B. 2833), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146 (H.B. 2730), Sec. 4.32, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 1702.1045. PRIVATE SECURITY CONSULTING COMPANY. A person acts as a private security consulting company for purposes of this chapter if the person:

(1) consults, advises, trains, or specifies or recommends products, services, methods, or procedures in the security or loss prevention industry;

(2) provides a service described by Subdivision (1) on an independent basis and without being affiliated with a particular service or product; and

(3) meets the experience requirements established by the board.

Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.626(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Redesignated from Occupations Code, Section 1702.226 and amended by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 906 (H.B. 2833), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2007.

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