In the state of Texas locksmiths are governed by the Private Security Act, which is administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety Bureau (PSB).
TDPS does not require all locksmiths to maintain a license in order to practice. However, if you are the manager or owner of a locksmithing business you will be required to obtain a company license.
Although the statue does not require a license for employees, they still must meet the following requirements (this applies to owners/managers as well):
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Not have been convicted of any felony or Class A misdemeanor
- Be mentally competent
- Not be alcohol or drug depending
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from any US Armed Services
If you are looking to open your own locksmith company in Texas you must complete the following steps.
Complete form PSB-01, Company License Application by downloading it here: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/PSB/LicenseRegistration/licensingServices.htm
This application is for obtaining a private security business license for a new company in the state.
Complete form PSB-04A, Owner/Manager Application which can be downloaded at the link in Step 1 above.
This form is to establish the management team of your new company and is required by PSB in order to register your company.
In this step all managers will be required to submit/complete the following:
- Submit two (2) classifiable sets of fingerprint cards and fees (for a full criminal history background)
- Three (3) years of experience or a bachelors degree in criminal justice
- Successful completion of the Qualified Manager’s Exam (which can also be downloaded at the link in Step 1)
Fee: $55 per owner
The applications in Step 1 and Step 2 can be submitted online at the PSB website or sent to the following address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Private Security Bureau
5806 Guadalupe, Building I
Austin, Texas 78752
Note that even if you apply online you will still need to manually submit some of the supplemental forms (such as fingerprinting or criminal background history).
For any additional information be sure to read the Texas Legislature Online.