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  • What are the different levels of Texas Security Licenses?
    Level 2- Unarmed Security License Level 3- Armed Security License Level 4- Personal Protection Officer (PPO) Otherwise known as a bodyguard
  • What is the process for receiving my Level 2 License?
    Register and complete the two hour Level 2 Online Class (Click Here) Submit your application to the Texas Online Private Security website and follow the prompts to submit your training certificate provided in our online class.
  • What is the process for obtaining my Texas Level 3 Security License?
    The Level 3 training is split into two separate sections. Online and In-Person and must be completed IN ORDER Register and complete the Online Level 3 Course (Click Here) Our Level 3 course INCLUDES the Level 2 Certification. Register and complete the required Level 3 ten hour in-person Firearms and Defensive Tactics Course. Complete an MMPI psychological exam from a certified provider and submit your PSP-13 (download form here) *DPS training schools and instructors have no control over MMPI providers or requirements Register and complete your Level 3 application through the Texas Online Private Security website Submit all documentation required via the TOPS portal DPS requires all applications and documentation be submitted within 90 days.
  • How do I register for the 10-hour Level 3 Firearms and Defensive Tactics Course?
    The 10-hour Level 3 Firearms and Defensive Tactics Course must be completed by a licensed Level 3 Instructor who is affiliated with a licensed DPS Training School. Below are the recommended instructors to complete your Level 3 Firearms and Defensive Tactics Course based on your area of Texas. The below instructors are affiliated with Go Strapped Firearms Training and are appropriately vetted. If you are in N. Texas or DFW area click here If you are in S. Texas (San Antonio, Austin, Houston) click here If you are in W. Texas click here If you are in E. Texas click here If a student decides to take the course through any other instructor it is the student's responsibility to validate the instructor's credentials and whether or not they are affiliated with a licensed DPS Training School. For a student to attend this Level 3 Security Guard Firearms Course, you must have completed the Go Strapped Firearms Training Level 3 Online Certification Course . An online course taken by another company or instructor will not be accepted. If you took the online course through another company, please get in touch with that company to complete your firearms course or take our course at THIS LINK.
  • How do I obtain my Level 4 PPO License?
    Applicants must have at MINIMUM completed the Level 3 training prior to taking a Level 4 course. Register and take the 2-day in-person PPO course. Register and complete the Level 4 PPO application through TOPS.
  • How do I renew my Level 3 License?
    Level 3 licenses must be renewed every 2 years. If you are up for renewal, verify your eligibility via the TOPS Website . The training requirements are as follows: Take the Online Level 3 Renewal Course (Click Here) Register and Take the Level 3 10-hour In person Firearms course which is required of all Level 3 guards after Jan 1st 2024 Follow the instructions in your TOPS account and submit your documentation so they can process your renewal.
  • How do I renew my Level 4 license?
    In order to renew your Level 4 license just complete the Level 3 renewal process. Our Level 3 renewal training complies with the required training for both Level 3 and 4 renewals. Make sure you complete your renewal applications in TOPS!
  • Where can I get my MMPI (Psych) exam for Level 3 or 4?
    Below are some references for MMPI's. Go Strapped Firearms Training and DPS has no control and does not vet MMPI providers. It is up to the individual to choose a MMPI provider. https://www.drdarienzo.com/texas-mmpi-psychological-testing-for-armed-guards/ https://www.transformationalpsyc.com/services https://safeguardpsychservices.com/ https://legacypsychology.com/psychological-evaluation https://www.fwpsychworks.com/contact
  • How long do I have to complete my training and certification?
    The Texas Department of Public Safety requires all issued documents and applications to be completed within 90 days. DPS will not validate any certificate once it is 90 days old.
  • Are rentals available?
    Rental handguns are available at GRITR Range. Prices range around $30 including the ammo.
  • How old do I need to be to obtain my Security Guard License
    For a Level 2 and 3 License you need to be 18 years old minimum. For a Level 4 License, you need to be 21 years old minimum.
  • What is the phone number to TOPS?
    (512) 424-7293
  • How do I qualify to keep my LEOSA certification?
    We can conduct HR218 LEOSA and TCOLE qualifications every day we have a firearms course posted on our calendar. You must email us at info@gostrapped.com and let us know what course you will be attending. You must bring the appropriate TCOLE paperwork for the instructor to sign off on which you can download here: https://www.tcole.texas.gov/document/retired-firearms-identification-card.pdf
  • What is the process for obtaining a Texas License to Carry?
    Complete the following steps to obtain your Texas LTC... Register for an LTC Class. There are two options, Online and In-Person. IN-PERSON Option To register for the In-Person Course CLICK HERE. The In-Person option includes the firearms proficiency. Complete the DPS application and upload your training Online Option To register for the Online Course CLICK HERE. Once you complete the Online course, you must register and take the LTC Safety Class and Proficiency. CLICK HERE to register for the LTC Safety Class and Proficiency Complete the DPS application and upload your training certificates.
  • How old do I need to be to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)?
    You must be 18 years of age to obtain a Texas LTC.
  • What if I am new to shooting?
    We have a class just for you! Our Introduction to Handguns and License to Carry Combo course. Our combo course is our most popular course and walks you through all the fundamentals along with achieving your License To Carry Certified training!
  • Are there rentals available?
    Yes, you can reserve a rental gun in the registration process of your class.
  • How do I qualify to keep my LEOSA certification?
    We can conduct HR218 LEOSA and TCOLE qualifications every day we have a firearms course posted on our calendar. You must email us at info@gostrapped.com and let us know what course you will be attending. You must bring the appropriate TCOLE paperwork for the instructor to sign off on which you can download here: https://www.tcole.texas.gov/document/retired-firearms-identification-card.pdf
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