Licensing requirements for security guards vary by state, but in most cases it is now possible to complete the application process online. Aspiring applicants should also be aware that the qualifications for becoming an armed security guard may also differ from those for becoming an unarmed guard.
Some states do not require even armed security guards to be licensed, but the majority of states do require security guards to become licensed before they can be employed. Registrants are often required to prove they have completed specialized training, which can frequently also be done online.
Other common requirements for becoming a security guard include being at least eighteen years old, passing a background check, and passing a drug test. Drug testing requirements vary by state and by job, but they may be random and ongoing. In most cases, security guards are also required to be a United States citizen or a legal resident alien.