To apply for a security guard license, go to a state licensing department for information on specific state application requirements, which vary widely. Basic requirements typically state that applicants must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or equivalent ,and be a U.S. citizen.Continue Reading
States such as New York have strict licensing requirements for security guard applicants. The state requires a photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, mandatory fingerprinting and completion of an eight-hour, pre-assignment training course. New York also requires employers to fill out the notice of employment section of the application. Obtaining a security guard license in most states requires a clean legal record with no criminal convictions, and applicants must pass a background check to qualify.
Some states, such as Washington, have slightly different licensing requirements for unarmed and armed security guards. In Washington, applicants seeking armed licensing must be at least 21, already have an unarmed security guard license and be currently certified to carry a firearm in the state. New York requires individuals to complete a 47-hour firearms course to carry a gun on the job. Active duty police officers are exempt from the registration process, but retired police officers and moonlighting active duty officers are required to register.Learn more about Career Aspirations