Only licensed authorized organizations can conduct bingo games in Texas. These organizations may include religious societies, nonprofit organizations, fraternal organizations, veteran’s organizations, volunteer fire departments and volunteer emergency medical services providers.
Two different types of license to conduct Bingo
There are two different types of licenses to conduct bingo for non-profit organizations, a Regular Annual Conductor License and a Non-Annual Temporary License.
What is the difference between a regular bingo conductor license and a temporary license to conduct a single bingo occasion?
A Regular Annual Conductor License may be issued for one year or two years, calculated from the date of issue. An authorized organization that holds a regular conductor license may conduct three bingo occasions per calendar week. Each bingo occasion may not exceed six hours.
An authorized organization that holds a regular license may also conduct up to 24 temporary occasions during their annual license period.
A Non-Annual Temporary license is issued to an authorized organization for a single bingo occasion (up to six hours in length) on a specific day. Must submit application and documentation 30 days prior to the occasion. An authorized organization without an annual license may not receive more than six temporary licenses in a calendar year. Non-Annual Temporary licenses are generally obtained by charitable organizations that want to play bingo a few times a year in conjunction with fundraising activities such as PTA Fall or Spring Festivals.
Organizations that hold a Non-Annual Temporary License can conduct up to six occasions per year. Each occasion can last up to six hours. The Non-Annual Temporary License is great for those non-profits who hold a few fundraisers per year.
Application Guide: Non-Annual Temporary License
An applicant must provide with its application, documentation demonstrating that it meets all qualifications and requirements for a license to conduct bingo. The qualifications, requirements, and necessary documentation for different types of organizations are referenced in the Application Guide and Figure 16 within TAC §402.420.
A Regular Annual License is for an organization looking to have more than six bingo occasions per year. The license may be issued for one or two years and allows an organization to hold up to three bingo occasion per week (max six hours per occasion). Those organizations holding a Regular Annual License may also conduct 24 temporary occasions during their annual license period.
Religious Society (PDF File)
Fraternal Organization (PDF File)
Veterans Organization (PDF File)
Non-profit Medical Organization (PDF File)
Volunteer Fire Department (PDF File)
Volunteer EMS Provider (PDF File)
An applicant must provide with its application, documentation demonstrating that it meets all qualifications and requirements for a license to conduct bingo. The qualifications, requirements, and necessary documentation for different types of organizations are referenced in the Application Guides and Figure 16 within TAC §402.420.