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Texas Fire Alarm Residential Technician (RAL) License

The Fire Alarm Residential Technician (RAL) License permits the licensee to perform the following work:

  • Install, service, inspect, and certify:
    • Residential single-family or two-family fire alarm or detection systems

This license, however, DOES NOT grant the holder authorization to install, certify or service any commercial alarm or detection device, nor to plan or monitor these or one to two family dwellings.

How to Get the Fire Alarm Residential Technician (RAL) License in Texas?

  1. View the Alarm License and Test Information document to learn about the scopes of work, application criteria, and exam clarifications
  2. Meet the mandatory requirements set forth for Fire Alarm Residential Technician (RAL):
    • Residential Fire Alarm Technician Course by an approved Training School
  3. Obtain a biometric background check if one is not already on SFMO's records
  4. Read, fulfill, and submit the Fire Alarm License Application (SF032)
  5. Provide the name of the company where the employee will be registered
    • The business must apply for a Fire Alarm Certificate of Registration (SF031) if the SFMO has not licensed it yet
  6. Send any required documentation, and pay the fees in full by mailing them to the Texas Department of Insurance (State Fire Marshal’s Office - P.O. Box 12107, Austin, Texas 78711-2107) or through the Sircon online platform
    • The cost for more than one application must be combined into a singular payment to cover all fees
  7. Expect an answer from the Office after the application for Fire Alarm Residential Technician (RAL) has been successfully validated
    • Individual Licenses are sent via email to the licensee's registered email address; paper licenses and pocket cards are no longer provided
    • Contact the State Fire Marshal Office at (512) 676-6800 , or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain more details about the licensure process