Basic Requirements

General Requirements:
(1) never been convicted of any family violence offense;
(2) not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;
(3) not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;
(4) a U.S. citizen; and
(5) been subjected to a background investigation and has been interviewed prior
to appointment by representatives of the appointing authority.

Military Requirements:
Not been discharged from any military service under less than honorable
conditions including, specifically;
(A) under other than honorable conditions;
(B) bad conduct;
(C) dishonorable;
(D) any other characterization of service indicating bad character;

Texas Licensing Requirements:
Not had a commission license denied by final order or revoked;
Not currently on suspension, or does not have a voluntary surrender of license
currently in effect;
Meets the minimum training standards and passes the commission licensing
examination for each license sought; and
Not violated any commission rule or provision of Occupations Code, Chapter

Criminal Background:
(a) The applicant must:
(1) not be currently charged with any criminal offense for which
conviction would be a bar to licensure;
(a) community supervision history:
(i) has never been on court-ordered community supervision
or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a
Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within
the last ten years from the date of the court order;
(b) conviction history:
(i) has never been convicted of an offense above the grade
of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor
within the last ten years;
(2) For purposes of this section, the commission will construe any
court ordered community supervision, probation, or conviction for
a criminal offense to be its closest equivalent under the Texas
Penal Code classification of offenses if the offense arose from:
(i) another penal provision of Texas law; or
(ii) a penal provision of any other state, federal, military or
foreign jurisdiction.
(3) A classification of an offense as a felony at the time of
conviction will never be changed because Texas law has changed
or because the offense would not be a felony under current Texas

Medical and Psychological Requirements:
An applicant must be declared in writing by that medical professional to be:
(A) physically sound and free from any defect which may adversely affect
the performance of duty appropriate to the type of license sought; and
(B) show no trace of drug dependency or illegal drug use after a physical
examination, blood test, or other medical test; and
declared in writing by that professional to be in satisfactory psychological
and emotional health to serve as the type of officer for which the license
is sought. The examination must be conducted pursuant to professionally
recognized standards and methods: