Do Security Officers Have to Be Licensed in Washington, D.C.?


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To work as security officer, armed or unarmed, in Washington, D.C. an individual must have a license. The application and yearly license renewal processes are handled through the District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Along with the license application, an applicant must submit a notarized affidavit providing details of prior employment, prior residences and arrest history. Should an applicant report a prior arrest, he must also include a copy of the final court disposition of the charge.

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The licensing process also requires provision of a doctor's statement certifying the applicant's mental and physical health, an official copy of his birth certificate, and paperwork documenting any name change, marriage, divorce, adoption or, as appropriate, immigration status. Applicants must also provide fingerprints as part of a comprehensive criminal background test, and they must pass a drug test. Applicants passing the background test must pass an examination regarding the statutes and regulations pertaining to the provision of private security in the District of Columbia. Final sign-off on all security officer licenses is the responsibility of the Security Officers Management Branch of Washington D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department.

The applicant must pay fees upon submission of the license application. Fees are also due each year when the license is renewed and for replacement of lost or stolen licenses. In the event of a stolen license, the licensee must file a police report.

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