Issue Date:
Revised Date: 2020-08-17

Legal Cites

Object Type

Cash — Business Regulation

Origin Date

September 1, 1981 by H.B. 3, 67th Leg., 1st. C.S.


A manufacturer of bingo supplies, devices or equipment must pay a license fee set by the commission plus an amount necessary to defray the cost of background investigation including inspections (see Revenue Code 3155). The fee for a distributors license is set by the commission. In addition to the license fee, the commission may require an additional fee in an amount necessary to defray the cost of a background investigation of the applicant, including the inspection of storage, distribution or operating locations. The commission may establish by rule the conditions and procedure for payment of the additional fee. Fee for amending a license set by the commission.

A manufacturer or distributor may obtain a 2-year license by paying an amount equal to 2 times the annual fee.

Late license renewal fees are:

  • before the 14th date after expiration annual fee plus late fee of 10%;
  • before the 60th day after expiration annual fee for each 14-day period;
  • after 60th day must file for original license.

Certain license fees may be refunded, minus the commission's administrative costs.

Due Date

Licenses renewable at least annually.

Collecting Agencies


Previously collected by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (458).

Amended by S.B. 741, 68th Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 2260, 71st Leg., R.S., effective January 1, 1990.

Amended by H.B. 2771, 73rd Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 3021, 74th Leg., R.S.

Codified by H.B. 3155, 76th Leg., R.S.

H.B. 2519, 78th Leg., R.S. added 2-year license fees plus $1,000.

H.B. 1474, 81st Leg., R.S. removed $1,000 license for automated bingo.

Amended by H.B. 2197, 83rd Leg., R.S. Changed manufacturer's license fee from $3,000 and distributor's license fee from $1,000 to an amount set by commission. Changed license amendment fee from $10 to amount set by the commission. Removed additional $1,000 for 2-year license.

H.B. 2578 and H.B. 3849, 85th Leg., R.S. created GR Account 5175 - Bingo Administration. Bingo program revenue deposit changed from General Revenue Fund 0001 to the new GR Account.

License fee refund added by S.B. 549, 85th Leg., R.S.

GR Account 5175 - Bingo Administration repealed by H.B. 914, 86th Leg., R.S. and deposit changed back to General Revenue Fund 0001.

USAS Values

Appropriation Year 24
Receipt Category 03 – Business Regulation
Receipt Type 10 – Business/Professional Fees
Object Group 30 – Revenues
USAS Status A