Licensing


License Types

License Type Description Signatures Required Fee Other Requirements Online Eligibility
Adoption Program Personnel An employee of a greyhound association who works with the adoption program at a track Association Supervisor $ 25 none
NO
Announcer An individual hired by the association to announce races. Association Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 35

 

none

 

YES
Apprentice Jockey A rider of thoroughbreds who meets the qualifications of a Jockey and who qualifies for an apprentice weight allowance under Commission Rule §313.166

Steward -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 8)

If under 18, school enrollment and parent or legal guardian's signature

(Addendum sections 9,10)

$ 75 Stewards may require a practical examination.
Must be at least 16 years old.
Current Physician's certificate for Physical (BEFORE RIDING IN A RACE) - GOOD FOR 12 MONTHS.
YES
Assistant Farrier / Plater/ Blacksmith An individual hired by a licensed Farrier to assist in holding race animal when shoeing. Supervisor (Farrier) $ 25 none
NO
Assistant Starter An individual hired by a horse racetrack association to perform duties required by the Starter at the starting gate. Association Starter $ 25 none
NO
Assistant Trainer An individual hired by a licensed Trainer and is 18 years of age or older who has met the qualifications required by the Board of Stewards/Judges. Employer (a Trainer or Owner/Trainer) and Steward/Judge -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5, 13)
$ 100 Written examination and "hands on" test if applicant does not have a valid trainer type license in another racing jurisdiction.
YES
Assistant Trainer/Owner An individual hired by a licensed Trainer and is 18 years of age or older who has met the qualifications required by the Board of Stewards/Judges.
An individual who is sole or part owner of record or lessor or lessee of a properly registered race animal which the person intends to race in Texas.
Employer (a Trainer or Owner/Trainer) and Steward/Judge -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5, 13)
$ 100 Written examination and "hands on" test if applicant does not have a valid trainer type license in another racing jurisdiction.
YES
Association Assistant Management An individual hired by the racetrack association to assist a department manager. This licensee does not hire/fire employees. Association Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$50 none
YES
Association Management Personnel An individual hired by the racetrack association to manage a department who has the authority to hire/fire employees. Association Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$75 none
YES
Association Officer/Director A member/employee of the racetrack association filling a key position in management or ownership of the association; i.e. Association Owners, Board Members, Officers, Senior Managers. Immediate Manager -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5, 14)
$100 Must be approved by Executive Director.
YES
Association Other An individual hired by the racetrack association whose position fits no other title listed.

Association Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)

If under 18, school enrollment and parent signature

(Addendum sections 9-10)

$ 75 none
YES
Association Staff An individual hired by the racetrack association that works in a position that could influence the outcome of a race and/or who provides various services to restricted areas of the facility.

Association Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)

If under 18, school enrollment and parent signature

(Addendum sections 9-10)

$ 35 none
YES
Association Veterinarian An individual hired by the racetrack association to provide veterinary service for greyhounds.

Association, Commission Veterinarian -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5, 12)

$ 75 Evidence of Texas license to practice Veterinary medicine and provide State license number, Texas Department of Public Safety number, and DEA number used in practice.
YES
Authorized Agent An individual (Owner or Trainer) appointed by a licensed principal Principal, Trainer's signature for an Assistant Trainer as Agent

$ 15
New Registration

$ 15        
to add Each Principal

Must be licensed as Trainer, Owner/Trainer, Owner, or Asst. Trainer (must have Trainer's notarized signature on agent form.)
NO
Chaplain An individual that is a member of the clergy allowed on association grounds for religious meetings and/or counseling Association $ 25 none
NO
Chaplain Assistant An individual working for a chaplain on association grounds for religious meetings and/or counseling. Chaplain -

If under 18, school enrollment and parent signature
$ 25 none
NO
Equine Dental Provider An individual licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to provide equine dentistry on association grounds.

None

$ 100 Evidence of licensure as an Equine Dental Provider by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
YES
Exercise Rider An individual who exercises horses on a racetrack during training. An Exercise Rider is usually self-employed but is employed by a trainer in some cases. Steward -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

If under 18, school enrollment and parent signature
$ 25 Must be at least 16 years of age.
NO
Farrier/
Plater/ Blacksmith
An individual that is self-employed providing horse shoeing services to licensees on association grounds.

Steward -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

*Association Management

If under 18, proof of school enrollment, and parent or legal guardian's signature

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13 and if under 18: 9, 10)

$ 75 Some associations may require approval. CANNOT HOLD AN OWNER'S LICENSE.
YES
Groom/
Hot Walker
An individual 16 years of age or older hired by a licensed Trainer. Supervisor -

If under 18, school enrollment and parent signature
$ 25 If under 18, verification of educational status.
NO
Jockey An individual who is 16 years of age or older who has provided proof of a satisfactory physical examination within the previous twelve-month period.

Steward -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

If under 18, school enrollment and parent signature.

(Addendum sections 1-4, 8 and if under 18: 9, 10)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Current Physician's certificate for Physical (BEFORE RIDING IN A RACE)-GOOD FOR 12 MONTHS. Must register with the Board of Stewards. Stewards may require a practical examination. If under 18, verification of educational status.
YES
Jockey Agent An individual who is authorized by a licensed jockey to represent a jockey in securing mounts.

Jockey, Stewards -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 7)

$ 100 Must register with the Board of Stewards. Stewards may require a practical examination.
YES
Kennel Helper An individual 16 years of age or older hired by a Kennel to work on association grounds. Supervisor -

If under 18, parent signature
$ 25 If under 18, verification of educational status.
NO
Kennel Owner An individual who has been approved by the greyhound racetrack association to operate a kennel on association grounds and who is sole or part owner of kennel or lessor or lessee. The Kennel Owner must be under contract with the Association. Judge -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Must be shown on approved list from the Association.
YES
Kennel Owner/Owner An individual who has been approved by the greyhound racetrack association to operate a Kennel on association grounds and who is sole or part owner of record or lessor or lessee of a properly registered race animal which the person intends to race in Texas and which is in the care of a licensed Trainer. (See Owner and Kennel Owner requirements) Judge -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Must be shown on approved list from the Association.
YES
Kennel Owner/Trainer An individual 18 years of age or older who has been approved by the greyhound racetrack association to operate a Kennel on association grounds and who is sole or part owner of record or lessor or lessee of a properly registered race animal which the person intends to race in Texas and is the Trainer. (See Owner and Kennel Owner requirements) Judge -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Must be shown on approved list from the Association. Judge may require written and "hands on" test before licensing. A valid Trainer's license from another racing jurisdiction may be honored.
YES
Kennel Owner/ Owner/ Trainer An individual 18 years of age or older who has been approved by the greyhound racetrack association to operate a Kennel on association grounds and who is sole or part owner of record or lessor or lessee of a properly registered race animal which the person intends to race in Texas and which is in training for the purpose of racing in the State of Texas. (See Owner, Kennel Owner, and Trainer requirements) Judge -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Must be shown on approved list from the Association. Judge may require written and "hands on" test before licensing. A valid Trainer's license from another racing jurisdiction may be honored.
YES
Kennel Registration Individual, partner, corporation, or other entity that operates at a greyhound track under a kennel name. Association- Designated Representative

(not required for Texas Online applications)
$ 75 MUST BE BOOKED AT A TEXAS RACETRACK.
YES
Lead Out An individual hired by the association to lead greyhounds in the post parade to the starting box. May be licensed as BOX PERSON. Association Supervisor $ 25 none
NO
Maintenance An individual hired by the association who performs maintenance duties.
(Licensee's who work the track, barns, etc.) NOTE: If a vendor employee, license as VENDOR EMPLOYEE.
Supervisor $ 35 none
NO
Medical Staff An individual hired by the association providing medical assistance. NOTE: If vendor employee, license as VENDOR EMPLOYEE. Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 35 none
YES
Miscellaneous Use when no other license types apply. n/a $ 25 none
NO
Multiple Owner/ Stable/Farm Registration For use if the owner according to the animal's registration papers is an entity other than an individual, such as a partnership, stable, farm name. Each individual who owns 5% or more of the race animal must be individually licensed. The animal will not be permitted to race until all those individuals are licensed. If the race animal is owned jointly by a husband and wife, with the same last name, registration on this form is not required. Also used for a kennel not located on the grounds of a Texas racetrack. Designated Representative -

None if applying online

1 year =
$ 35

2 year =
$ 70

3 year =
$ 105

Anyone owning 5% or more of the entity must be licensed as an Owner and listed on Multiple Owner form; this includes any ownership involving partnerships, corporations, syndicates, estates and stables, or kennels not booked at a Texas racetrack.
YES
Mutuel Clerk An individual who is 16 years of age or older hired by the association to work at the betting windows. Supervisor-

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 35 none
YES
Mutuel Other An individual hired by the association to work in the mutuel department that works in a capacity other than mutuel clerk. Supervisor-

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 35 none
YES
Owner An individual who is sole or part owner of record or lessor or lessee of a properly registered race animal which the person intends to race in Texas. None unless under 18 yrs of age

(Addendum sections 1-4, 11)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

none
YES
Owner/Trainer An individual 18 years of age or older who has qualified as a Trainer and who trains animals for which the person is: (1) the owner/lessee/lessor of record; or (2) has an ownership interest in any properly registered race animal intended for racing in the State of Texas. Steward -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Refer to Owner and Trainer requirements.
YES
Pony Person An individual who has satisfactorily performed before the Stewards or their representative(s) to pony horses for training or on race day. Steward -
NEW LICENSE ONLY
$ 25 Stewards may require a practical test and/or approval by an Outrider.
NO
Racing Industry Representative The Executive Director of a breed organization or racing industry organization. (TTA, TQHA, THP, TGA, etc.) None $ 100 none
YES
Racing Industry Representative - Staff A person who is employed by a breed organization or racing industry organization. Supervisor-

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 30 none
YES
Racing Official An individual hired by the racetrack association acting in an official capacity whose title or duties are not described under another license category title. Refer to Commission Rule §313.4 for horse racing officials, Rule §315.1 for greyhound racing officials. Racing Secretary and Commission Director of Racing -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5, 15)
$ 50 Approval by Commission Director of Racing.
YES
Security Officer An individual hired by the racetrack association who is responsible for providing security for the racetrack grounds. NOTE: If the security is provided by a Vendor, license as VENDOR EMPLOYEE. If a Peace Officer, refer to Law Enforcement. Association Supervisor -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 30 none
YES
Stable Foreman An individual hired by an Owner and/or Trainer to supervise his/her stable. Trainer -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 50 none
YES
Tattooer An individual contracted by the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau or the American Quarter Horse Association to tattoo racehorses. Steward -
NEW LICENSE ONLY  

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)
$ 100 Must submit an I.D. card from one of the two organizations listed above.
YES
Test Technician An individual hired by the Association to work in the testing area, collecting samples, etc. Head Test Technician $ 25 none
NO
Trainer An individual 18 years of age or older who has met the requirements to be a licensed Trainer and who is training one or more horses/greyhound for the purpose of racing in the State of Texas. Steward/Judge -
NEW LICENSE ONLY  

(Addendum sections 1-4, 13)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Steward/Judge may require examination. A valid Trainer's license from another racing jurisdiction may be honored.
YES
Training Facility Employee An owner of a training facility or an individual hired by the training facility to work at the facility. Training Facility Manager -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)

If under 18, proof of school enrollment and parent signature

(Addendum sections 9, 10)
$ 30 none
YES
Training Facility General Manager An individual hired to oversee the training facility and employees. none $ 50 The training facility must be approved/licensed by the Executive Director.
YES
Valet An individual hired by the racetrack association to assist jockeys with their tack, silks, etc. in the jockey room. Racing Secretary $ 25 none
NO
Vendor-Concessionaire An individual/company/corporation providing a service or goods to the racetrack association and who has approval from the association to conduct business on association grounds. Association Representative $ 100 Pharmaceutical Representatives, Vendors of feed additives and/or Veterinarian products must obtain the Commission Veterinarian's signature before licensure.
YES - RENEWAL ONLY
Vendor-Totalisator Company A company/corporation providing totalisator services. Contact Austin Commission office at 512-833-6699 $ 500 Contact Austin Commission office at 512-833-6699

 

NO

 

Vendor Employee An employee or owner of a vendor who works on association grounds and will deliver goods and/or services on behalf of the vendor within the enclosure. Employer -

(Addendum sections 1-4,5)
$ 30 none
YES
Vendor -Totalistator Employee An employee or owner of a totalisator company. Employer -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 50 Contact Austin Commission office at 512-833-6699
YES
Veterinarian A veterinarian licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Examiners.

Commission Veterinarian -
NEW LICENSE ONLY

(Addendum sections 1-4, 12)

1 year =
$ 100

2 year =
$ 200

3 year =
$ 300

Evidence of Texas license to practice veterinary medicine.
Must provide State license number, Texas Department of Public Safety number, and DEA number used in practice.
*Some Associations require proof of insurance and a fee.
YES
Veterinarian Assistant An individual hired by a licensed veterinarian to assist the veterinarian on association grounds. This is also used for horse-massage therapist. Employer -

(Addendum sections 1-4, 5)
$ 30 Must be 18 years of age or older.
YES

Page updated: 2/14/17