Some services available from the Texas Department of Public Safety include issuance of concealed handgun carry licenses, driver's licenses and state ID cards. The department not only provides background checks for those seeking a carry license, but also trains and certifies instructors for required courses and collects fees for renewals. Those seeking a driver's license take both written and road tests at Texas Department of Public Safety, and they can also schedule appointments online to reduce wait times.
The Texas Department of Public Safety also keeps track of criminal convictions and the state sex offenders registry. Though access to the criminal database remains limited to public information when used by the general public, the department allows anyone to subscribe to and download the sex offender registry. This department also maintains the state's metal registry, ensuring facilities that recycle purchased metal adhere to reporting mandates for transactions falling under Chapter 1956. The department also handles state-required vehicle inspections.
Private security companies and their employees must register with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Though the department requires fees for applications and examinations, it waives many of them for military service members and those with veteran status. This process includes fingerprint submission and in-depth background checks on both the state and federal level.