Apply for a Vehicle Storage Facility Employee License

Who Needs a License?

A person may not work at a VSF unless the individual holds an appropriate VSF employee license, or a tow operator license, as specified below.

Persons operating or managing a VSF as a sole proprietor or other unincorporated business organization must obtain a VSF employee license, or a tow operator license, as specified below.

Tow Operator Licensees

A person may work in a vehicle storage facility without a VSF Employee License if they currently hold one of the following towing operator licenses:

  • Incident Management Towing Operator’s License (under 2308.153)
  • Private Property Towing Operator’s License (under 2308.154)
  • Consent Towing Operator’s License (under 2308.155)

Emergency towing operator licenses may not use these credentials to work at a VSF.


Application and Fees

To apply for a VSF employee license, please submit a completed application form (Apply Online or Apply by Mail) and pay the non-refundable $75 application fee.

Apply Online


Drug Testing

All applicants for positions requiring a VSF employee license, who have received a conditional offer of employment, must take a drug test before receiving a final offer of employment.

In addition, all VSF employees must complete at least one scheduled drug test each 12-months and submit to periodic random drug testing.


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.