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Apply for a Manager License

What Does a Manager Do?

Managers are persons who control the affairs of a combative sports contestant.


Do I Need a License?

Professional managers who participate in a regulated professional event in Texas must be licensed.


Application and Fee

To begin your application process, submit a completed Combative Sports Manager License Application (PDF) with the non-refundable application fee of $100.

Send the completed application form and any required materials to TDLR.


Prohibited Actions and Behavior

Licensed managers who violate the laws and rules may be subject to fines of up to $5,000 per occurrence and suspension, revocation, or denial of their license.

For a complete list of penalties, see the Combative Sports Penalties and Sanctions webpage.


Responsibilities of Managers

It is your responsibility to read and understand the responsibilities of managers, the rules of the sport you will participate in and all relevant sections of the Texas law and rules for combative sports.

If you have questions about the law or rules, please contact TDLR by email, or call us at (512) 659-5034.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

If you have 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.

The department 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.