Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau - License Required
Whether you're thinking about purchasing security related services as consumer or you're thinking about becoming a security related service provider, there are some things you need to consider before doing so in the State Of Texas.
In the State Of Texas, a license is required to preform security related services. These services, include installing security cameras, alarm systems, locks, being a security guard, fire alarm systems, training guard dogs and being a private investigator just to mention a few. All of these services are regulated by the Texas Private Security Bureau, a division of the Texas Department Of Public Safety's Regulatory Services Division.
As a provider of a regulated services in the State Of Texas there are a few things you need to think about that may have slipped by your normal due diligence. Here is a small list of a few. This is by no means a complete list. This is only provided to get you in the right frame of mind to dig a little deeper to ensure you aren't missing things.
The state seal may be used for commercial purposes only if a license is obtained from the secretary of state and royalties are paid to the state. The source of this sentence is here (Click link).
No licensee shall use the Texas state seal or the insignia of the department to advertise or publicize a commercial undertaking, or otherwise violate Texas Business & Commerce Code, §17.08 or Texas Government Code, §411.017. The source for this one is here, see "RULE §35.9. - Advertisements"
Notice in this one, the term "or the insignia of the department". To me that seems to mean the same rule applies as the use of the State Seal, simply, Don't use it. But, we need to go look at Texas Business & Commerce Code, §17.08 or Texas Government Code, §411.017 to be sure. Maybe I will dig through that more thoroughly is a future post.
Now that we know this information lets see if anyone is ignoring it? It's iffy if this organization is breaking the law. While they are displaying the Texas DPS Seal on their website, which to me is a form of advertising, where they do offer a service that's regulated, you have to wonder do they have permission and are they paying royalty fees as described above. Know knows? I'm not sure, but I would think if an Investigator for the DPS / PSB saw this, technically speaking they could fine this company.
In this example, they use the State Seal on their commercial website, but it's a link to the States Website. Is that considered a violation of the above law? It's hard to tell.
Here is another example. Is this a violation? In this one they again are using the DPS Seal on a website, where the advertise their services. Again, like other's the Seal is actually a clickable link to the State's Website. Is this legal?
In my opinion, this one, at the bottom of their website, is clearly in violation. Again, that's just my opinion. It's not iffy what they are using the seal for. They don't link to the State website. In my opinion the only reason the seal is there is to give weight, or add authority, or to display pride in being licensed. But, if the license your proudly displaying as an accreditation, clearly tells you not to use this Seal in your advertisement, then, it' kinda clear you don't know, or haven't taken the time to understand the license you hold.
While I'm sure all these companies are awesome providers, it's these little lines of the Occupations Law that often get overlooked. So, back to the beginning of this post, as a provider of a regulated services in the State Of Texas there are a few things you need to think about that may have slipped by your normal due diligence.