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Agent Recruitment

Are you ready to accept the challenge of building a safer Texas? We actively recruit peace officers who have basic certification with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to become TABC agents.

Our Enforcement Division has the largest team in the agency and is responsible for the criminal and administrative enforcement of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Code. The division oversees five regions and more than 240 agents across the state.

If you’re interested in accepting the challenge, submit an application to become a probationary agent online. If there’s no current job posting, submit a Job Interest Card to get an email once we post an opening.

What Agents Do

ABC agents have statewide jurisdiction, inspecting agency-licensed businesses and investigating alleged violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code and Texas Penal Code. TABC agents are dedicated to working tirelessly to identify and rescue people affected by Human Trafficking [link to Stop Human Trafficking page]. Agents are leaders and experts in conducting source investigations for alcohol-related traffic deaths.

They also investigate:

  • Alcohol sales to intoxicated people
  • Alcohol sales to minors and possession by minors
  • Breaches of the peace
  • Prohibited hours violations
  • Narcotics trafficking
  • Illegal weapons
  • Bootlegging
  • Application fraud
  • Money laundering

Enforcement agents also promote a better understanding of the law by regularly instructing Texas students, licensees and their employees, and members of civic groups.

What to Expect

  • Must successfully complete the TABC New Agent Academy, an intensive training course that focuses on the Alcoholic Beverage Code, advanced handgun and rifle training, advanced arrest and control tactics, reality-based training, force on force, and extensive specialized investigative training.  All qualified agents receive the basic instructor training.  
  • May be required to work independently with little or no supervision. 
  • May work various shifts, including holidays, nights and weekends as assigned. 
  • May work in adverse weather conditions. 
  • Must attain at least a satisfactory rating/results on personal history and background checks including, but not limited to, driver records, criminal background, credit and employment. 

Promotions and Salary Growth Opportunities

When you first join TABC, you’ll start at the entry-level position of probationary agent. After completing a 12-month probationary period, you’ll be promoted to agent. Based on satisfactory performance and years of service with TABC in a Schedule C position, agents are eligible for salary step adjustments as shown below.


TitleTABC Years of Service in Schedule C positionSalary Group/StepMonthlyAnnual
Probationary agentLess than 1 yearC2$3,673.50$44,082
AgentLess than 4 yearsC3/Step 1$4,436.79$51,943
Agent4-7 yearsC3/Step 2$5,409.95$64,919
Agent8-11 yearsC3/Step 3$5,795.09$69,541
Agent12-15 yearsC3/Step 4$6,051.08$72,612
Agent16-19 yearsC3/Step 5$6,330.65$75,967
Agent20+C3/Step 6$6,610.25$79,323


Career advancement opportunities in the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major are also available if you’re looking to get promoted to leadership.  


To start as a TABC probationary agent, you should have the following qualifications:  

  • Must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license. 
  • Should not have color blindness, and visual acuity should not exceed 20/200 uncorrected or 20/30 corrected. 
  • Have current TCOLE Basic Peace Officer Certification and one of the following options: 
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited four-year college or university. 
  • Associate degree and two years of military or law enforcement experience. 
  • High school diploma or GED and four years of military experience. 
  • High school diploma or GED and a minimum of four years of law enforcement experience (e.g., peace officer, investigator or equivalent). This does not include jailers, security guards and similar roles. 
  • Investigator experience in narcotics units, vice units or gang task forces. 

If you’re considered for the probationary agent position, you will have to complete a written assessment and pass a physical readiness test (PRT) to continue in the hiring process. The PRT consists of a Concept II Rower Test (2,000 meters) at a resistance setting of five within 11 minutes and 50 seconds. Agents must pass the PRT annually if hired.

Training and Benefits

Probationary Agents receive specialized training during their first months of employment. We also provide in-service training and approved elective courses annually. All TABC agents:

  • May be entitled to an education or peace officer certificate stipend of up to $150 per month and a bilingual proficiency stipend of up to $50 per month. 
  • Receive hazardous duty pay at a rate of $10 per month for each year of state service, up to and including 30 years. 
  • Receive travel per diem for expenses incurred while away from their assigned duty station. 
  • Are entitled to holidays and vacation time. 
  • Are enrolled in a defined Law Enforcement Custodial Officers System (LECOS) retirement plan with the Employees Retirement System of Texas that will provide you with a lifetime monthly annuity when you retire (required for all state employees except those who have previously retired from the State of Texas).  
  • See more benefits on our Careers page.