Guards Licence Requirement by State

California

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- You must complete 40 hours of state certified training.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have no criminal convictions.
- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of California.
- Submit to a background check.
- Have a valid California driver’s license.

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Alabama

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- You must have a high school diploma or GED; plus have a valid Alabama driver's license.
- Minimum age is 18 years old.
- Submit to a criminal and background check. No felony convictions will be accepted.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Submit a written application.
- You will need to supply proof that there has been training at a state certified training facility, which is required prior to applying for the license.
- Your training must include the following: State law and ethical issues, how to use limited force, how to report to authorities, how to write written reports, what to do in case of medical and fire emergencies, how to deal with crowd control, the correct way to detain suspects

Phone Number:
(334) 269-9990

Arizona

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- You need to obtain training at a state certified training school.
- The school must include 8 hours of security and 16 hours of weapons training.
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Never been convicted of a felony.
- Never been dishonorably discharged from the military.
- Submit to a background check.
- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state.

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Alaska

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Neither addicted to nor dependent on alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs.
- Have no felony conviction.
- Furnish information certifying that you meet the insurance or bond requirements.
- Complete the application and be subject to a background check.

Upon approval of the application, a license identification card will be issued to the licensee with the form and content of the card prescribed by the licensing department.
The license identification card remains the property of the state and cannot be transferred to another individual.

Phone Number:
(907) 269-5086

Colorado

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Colorado.
- Have a valid Colorado driver’s license.
- A valid social security number.
- Expect an FBI style background check
- Must submit a health certificate by a licensed physician.

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Connecticut

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Complete the state required training.
- Complete a written exam.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a state background check.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.

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Georgia

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Must be 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Complete state certified training (either armed or unarmed).
- Full background check.
- Valid photo I.D.
- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state
There are three different types of license for a security guard: Employee-In-House, Security Guard Employee, Private Detective (can be armed or unarmed)

Phone Number:
(404) 656-2282

Hawaii

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Be a minimum of 18 years old.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Full background check.
- No criminal convictions.
- Pass a written test.
- Have past experience as a private guard or police officer.
- Most applicants have military or out-of-state experience.
- Be a U.S. citizen and a state resident.

Hawaii has recently passed very stringent requirement to become an unarmed or armed security guard. It is almost as difficult as the application requirements to be a police officer.

Phone Number:
808) 586-3000

Idaho

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

The security guard employer will register their guards with the state.

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Iowa

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Unarmed guards must be at least 18 years old.
- Armed guards must be at least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Submit to a background check, have no criminal history.
- Have no history with drugs or alcohol.
- Complete the state certified training course.
- Pass a written test.
- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state.
- Armed guards must have a weapon’s permit and required training.

Phone Number:
(515) 725-6230

Kansas

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Unarmed guards must be at least 18 years old.
- Armed guards must be at least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Submit to a background check, have no criminal history.
- Have no history with drugs or alcohol.
- Complete the state certified training course.
- Pass a written test.
- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state.
- Know the Kansas law pertaining to security guards.
- Armed guards must have a weapon’s permit and required training.

Phone Number:
(785) 368-6468

Kentucky

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Any business with a business license can supply security guards in Kentucky. There are general requirements to work as an armed security guard.

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Delaware

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Complete the state certified course of training.
- Complete a written exam.
- Must be at least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a state background check.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(302) 736-5900

Maryland

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.
- Complete state required training.

Phone Number:
(410) 799-0191

Massachusetts

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security employer is required to register their guards with the state police.

Phone Number:
(617) 727-6128

Michigan

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security company will register their guards with The Department of State Police (Private Security & Investigative Section), in Lansing.

Phone Number:
(517) 322-1964

Minnesota

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security company will report individual guard hires to the Department of Public Safety.
The security employer is required to perform background checks, training and obtain a picture I.D. guard card for each individual hired.

Phone Number:
(612) 215-1753

Florida

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

The Class D License requires you to complete the following:
- State certified security guard training (40 hours).
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- No criminal history.
- A U.S. citizen and resident of the state.
- Submit to a background check.

Need a 'Class D' license

Phone Number:
(904) 488-5381

District of Columbia (Washington DC)

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

The District of Columbia does not require any state license or state registration to work as a security guard.
Each licensed security employer will register their guards with the district officials.

Phone Number:
(202) 939-8722

Louisiana

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Requirements for an unarmed license:Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.
- Complete state required training (16 hours).

Phone Number:
(504) 925-4704

Maine

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security employer is required to register their security guards with the state police.

Phone Number:
(207) 624-8775

New Jersey

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.
- Training at a state certified school (24 hours).

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North Dakota

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security company will submit and register their guards with the state.

Phone Number:
(701) 222-3063

Oklahoma

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Completed application.
- Background check.
- Letter of employment from a licensed security company.
- Proof or experience.
- Complete state certified training. (40 hours)
- Pass state written exam.
- Continuing education is required.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.

Phone Number:
(405) 425-2775

Oregon

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Completed application
- At least 18 years old.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training. (12 hours)
- Continuing education is required.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.

Phone Number:
(503) 378-8531

Ohio

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security company will register their new guards with the state.

Phone Number:
614) 466-4130

Rhode Island

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check by the BCI.
- Complete state certified training.
- Continuing education is required.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.
- You must have an employer statement that they will hire you.

Phone Number:
(401) 274-4400

South Carolina

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Completed application
- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(803) 737-9000

South Dakota

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:
Phone Number:
(615) 741-6382

New York

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.
- Training at a state certified school. (8 hours)
- 16 hours of on-the-job training with your security employer.

Other website: http://www.nysecurityguard.org

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Nebraska

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:
Phone Number:
(402) 471-2554

Montana

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:
Phone Number:
(406) 841-2387

Missouri

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Missouri has no requirement for a state license. There are individual city license requirements for Kansas City, St. Louis, St. Joseph, Springfield and Joplin.

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North Carolina

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.
- Training at a state certified school
- Have a job commitment from a licensed security company.

Phone Number:
919) 662-4387

Pennyslvannia

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check by the state police.
- Complete state certified training. (40 hours)
- Complete state regulated weapons training.
- Continuing education is required.
- U.S. citizen and state resident.

The Security Guard License in Pennsylvania is handled by the individual county clerk’s office and the county district attorney, in the county you want to work.
There are state regulations, but the county is your first step to apply. You can also call the local state police office in your county, for more information (they do the background check)

Phone Number:
(570) 517-3387

Mississippi

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security company will submit individual information to the state when they hire a new guard.

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New Mexico

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check submitted by your security employer.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state
- No felony convictions
- Training at a state certified school.
- You must have a job commitment from a licensed security company.

Phone Number:
(505) 827-7172

New Hampshire

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(603) 271-3575

Nevada

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Minimum of 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a background check.
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the state.
- No felony convictions.
- Complete state required training.
- Casinos provide additional training, but you need a state license first to apply.

Phone Number:
(775) 687-3225

Tennessee

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training. (4 hours)
- U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(615) 741-6382

Utah

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training. (8 hours)
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(801) 965-4461

Vermont

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training.
- U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.
- Pass a written test.
- Valid state driver’s license.

Phone Number:
(802) 828-2837

Virginia

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training. (18 hours)
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.
- Pass a written test.
- Valid state driver’s license.

Phone Number:
(804) 786-4700

Washington

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.
- Valid state driver’s license.

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Texas

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Complete state certified training. (30 hours)
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(512) 424-7710

Wisconsin

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- At least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Background check.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- No felony convictions.
- Valid state driver's license.

Phone Number:
(608) 266-0829

Wyoming

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:
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West Virginia

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

Each security company will register their new guards with the Secretary of State.

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Arkansas

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be a U.S. citizen and state resident.
- Submit to a background check.
- No felony convictions.

Phone Number:
(501) 618-8600

Indiana

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Unarmed guards must be at least 18 years old.
- Armed guards must be at lease 21 years old.
- Pass a background check.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Submit to drug testing.
- No felony convictions.
- Complete the state certified training for either unarmed or armed guards.
- Training must be certified by The Department of Public Safety.
- Must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana.
- Have a valid state driver’s license.

Phone Number:
(317) 232-2980

Illinois

A valid license is required
No valid license required
Requirements:

- Unarmed: minimum 18 years old.
- Armed: minimum 21 years old.
- Pass a background check with no criminal history.
- Be a high school graduate or have a GED.
- Have a valid state driver’s license.
- Unarmed guards must have 20 hours of state certified training.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Armed guards must complete an additional 20 hours of state certified weapons training.

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