Sunset Commission Proposal that DPS Simplify Many Private Security Licenses for Individuals and Entities that Do Not Provide Services

This is the third part of an ongoing series reviewing proposed changes to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) rules and law by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset Commission). As we discussed previously, DPS is being reviewed by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which has prepared its report for the Texas Legislature in the 2019 legislative session.

In this post, we look at the proposal to simplify private security licenses for individuals and entities that do not provide services. The Sunset Commission proposed that the following different licenses be unified under one license:

  • shareholders,
  • corporate officers,
  • managers,
  • supervisors, and
  • branch offices

Additionally, governmental subdivisions and private businesses with internal security departments currently have to hold licenses to have internal security. The Sunset Commission recommends that these companies simply have to register with DPS, rather than seek full licensure.

These changes would dramatically simplify and reduce the requirements for individuals and entities that do not provide service directly. We will follow the legislative session to see how these proposed changes are received by the Legislature and what changes are made. If you would like to read about the Sunset process, you can do so at the Sunset website.