Apply for a New Service Company License
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A service company employs or contracts with licensed technicians who perform maintenance activities on motor fuel metering devices.
To apply for a new service company license, you must obtain and provide proof of general liability insurance coverage of at least $25,000 per occurrence or $50,000 aggregate, which must be maintained at all times.
Your insurance coverage must be obtained from an admitted company or an eligible surplus lines carrier, as defined in the Texas Insurance Code, Chapter 981, or other insurance companies that are rated by A.M. Best Company as B+ or higher.
Calibration of Test Standards
Test standards must be certified annually by a recognized or accredited laboratory that adheres to ISO 17025 standards.
You must submit proof that you maintain at least one test standard per licensed device category listed below:
- Low flow: five-gallon or greater test measure or prover
- High flow: prover with a capacity that exceeds the amount of liquid delivered by the device in one minute at the maximum flow rate
- LPG: Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) measuring devices
Application and Fee
To begin your license application, submit a completed Service Company License Application Form (PDF) and specify which categories of equipment you intend to service:
- Liquid measuring devices less than 20 Gallons Per Minute (GPM)
- Liquid measuring devices greater than 20 Gallons Per Minute (GPM)
- Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) measuring devices
Include the non-refundable fee with your application materials, as specified below:
- $300 for the first device category
- $200 for each additional category
Service Company licenses are valid for a period of two years from the date of issue and must be renewed before the expiration.
Criminal History Check
Effective September 1, 2020, all controlling persons for a service company are subject to a criminal history check.
The criminal history section of the application form must be completed for each controlling person of the business.
A criminal history check is required with all new license applications.
Any licensees who were previously licensed by Texas Department of Agriculture will be subject to a criminal history check on their first renewal at TDLR.
A controlling person is any individual with the authority to set policy or direct the management of a business entity. This may include, but is not necessarily limited to:
- A sole proprietor of a business
- General partners of a partnership
- A controlling person of a business entity that is a general partner of a partnership
- Top-level managers (e.g. general manager, operations manager, etc.)
- Officers of a corporation (e.g. chief executive officer, chief operations officer, chief financial officer, etc.)
- Any individual who possesses direct or indirect control of at least 25 percent of the voting securities of a corporation
Applicants with Criminal Convictions
If any controlling person in your company has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.
TDLR will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for a license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.
Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.
Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.