Texas Racing Commission
Online Application for New Licenses

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Any person that works on the grounds of a pari-mutuel racetrack that has an opportunity to influence racing or who will likely have significant access to the backside or restricted areas of a racetrack or makes a living through pari-mutuel racing in Texas must be licensed by the Racing Commission.

The Racing Commission has established over fifty categories of occupational licenses to ensure some participants in racing are properly licensed. These categories include stable and kennel area occupations, such as jockeys, owners, kennel owners, trainers, and grooms, as well as some employees of the racetrack, such as management personnel, and mutuel tellers.

Refer to the list of license types to see a brief description of each Racing Commission license type, the signature requirements on the online addendum form, and the applicable license fees before proceeding. If you need help determining which license type is best suited to your needs, please contact the Racing Commission.

All applicants for a new license should review the licensing process regarding fingerprint submissions. Failure to follow the fingerprint policy will delay the licensing application process.

Any required signatures or fingerprint information must be received by the Racing Commission within 21 calendar days from the day the online application is submitted or the application will not be processed and the license fee will not be refunded.

Be aware that when your online application is processed, your ending date will be the last day of the month, twelve (12) months from the date your license is processed. If you are submitting an application for a license with a two or three year term, your ending date will be the last day of the month twenty-four (24) months from the date your two year license is processed or thirty-six (36) months from the date your three year license is processed. As an example, a one year license that is processed in January of 2010 will result in an expiration date of January 31, 2011.

This application is for new Racing Commission licenses only. Use this application if:

  • You have never held a license of any type issued by the Texas Racing Commission; or
  • You are applying for the first time for a different license type than the one(s) that you've already been issued by the Texas Racing Commission.

If you have ever had a Racing Commission license of the type for which you are applying, do not use this application. If you have been licensed by the Racing Commission in the last three years, you may apply online to renew your license by going to the Racing Commission's renewal application on Texas.gov. If you have not been licensed by the Racing Commission in the last three years, you must contact the agency to renew your license.

In the online application process, you will be asked to provide identifying information as well as information that may be needed for a particular license type. Some of the information that is required to complete the online application is listed below.

  • Applicant Name
  • Birth date (Certain license types have age restrictions. If you are applying for any type of trainer license you must be 18 years of age or older. If you are applying for a mutuel clerk license or any type of jockey license you must be 16 years of age or older. If you submit an online application and do not meet these age restrictions, your license fee will not be refunded.)
  • Federal Tax ID or Social Security Number
  • Height/Weight/Sex/Race
  • Address and Phone Numbers

In addition to online information, you may be required to print out and return an online addendum form and submit fingerprint cards provided by the Racing Commission. The online addendum form is available on the eligibility page. The online addendum form is required for all online applicants with the exception of an 'Owner' license where the applicant is 18 years of age or older, a 'Kennel Owner' license, and a 'Racing Industry Representative' license. All other license types must submit the online addendum form with the appropriate information and/or signatures before their license application is processed. If this form is not received by the Racing Commission within 21 calendar days from the date of the online application, the license application will not be processed and any application fees will not be refunded.


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