Requirement for Texas Security License Applicants: MMPI Evaluation

New Requirement for Texas Security License Applicants: MMPI Evaluation

How do I get MMPI Testing and my PSP-13?

Starting January 1, 2024, anyone applying for a Level 3 Commissioned Security Officer (CSO) in addition to the the Level 4 Personal Protection Officer (PPO) license in Texas will need to undergo an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test. This new mandate (HB 3424 here), detailed in recent amendments to Texas law (see Texas Code Section 1702.163 here for more information), aims to ensure that security personnel maintain robust mental and emotional health standards. Find out about our MMPI testing process here.

Texas MMPI testing and DPS and PSP-13

MMPI Overview and Evaluation Process

The MMPI, a widely respected psychological assessment tool, evaluates multiple dimensions of psychological well-being, including mood, thought processes, interpersonal efficacy, and potential behavioral issues like substance abuse. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) uses this test to verify that candidates do not exhibit significant psychological disturbances that could impair their duties.

Despite its straightforward format—comprising a series of true or false questions—the MMPI is a sophisticated tool designed to ascertain the accuracy of responses and identify deceptive answers. Taking this test seriously and answering honestly is crucial, as failure to do so may result in an invalid profile.

The most current version, the MMPI-3, introduced in 2020, is available for more details at Pearson Assessments, the test’s publisher.

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Administering the MMPI

This test can be administered online or in-person at a psychologist’s office, and it usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. After the test, the psychologist will immediately review your scores with you. Only licensed psychologists are authorized to administer the MMPI due to the depth of understanding required in psychopathology and test interpretation. Please ensure that a licensed psychologist is administering your MMPI. 

The Psychological Evaluation Process

Administering the MMPI involves more than just the test itself; it includes an interview and a review of your background through an intake form. This form will cover various personal details, such as family background, education, employment history, and health status. This comprehensive approach ensures that the psychologist can align the test results with a holistic view of your psychological profile.

Cost and Scheduling

The cost for this evaluation is set at a flat rate covering the interview, the test administration, scoring, interpretation, and a follow up session if needed. This fee is out-of-pocket as it is not covered by insurance, though HSA cards are accepted.

Most applicants can participate in the intake, interview and testing process on the same day.  process concludes with the issuance of the completed PSP-13 form, assuming the MMPI results are valid and no other concerns arise.

Virtual Appointments and License Renewal

Virtual appointments are available through a HIPAA-compliant platform, making it accessible regardless of your location. Once you have a valid MMPI profile, it remains indefinitely valid for future renewals as per Texas DPS guidelines.

Getting Started

To begin the process, you can contact us via phone at (904) 379-8094 or email at [email protected]. Responses are typically within 24 hours to help you schedule and prepare for your MMPI test swiftly.

This streamlined process is designed to accommodate the specific needs of Texas security license applicants, ensuring compliance with new legal requirements while supporting the critical role of security officers in maintaining safety and order. We have a four person team specifically designated to ensure the entire process from being screened to receiving your PSP-13 form is smooth and enjoyable.