How Do You Get a Security Guard License?

To get a security guard license, obtain the necessary level of education, fill out an application with the proper state authorities, take any required background and drug tests and take the required training courses. Each state has its own licensing requirements, according to Security Resources.

Most states have a procedure set in place for those who want to obtain a security guard license.

  1. Have the proper education
  2. Check into the education requirements for the job and obtain a high school diploma, GED or college degree as required.

  3. Fill out an application
  4. Fill out the application for a license with the proper state authority. For example, in Texas, go to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and in California, applicants should contact the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

  5. Submit to drug testing and a background check
  6. Check with the state agency that regulates security personnel to determine what kind of background check and drug testing is required.

  7. Take the proper training courses
  8. Take the necessary training courses to become a security guard. All guards, no matter the state they live in, will need to take classes on topics such as carrying a weapon, how to handle an emergency and the lawful detention of suspects.

After being approved for a license, security guards will be issued a fingerprint card, which will need to be registered with the state, according to Security Resources.