How to get your armed private security guard license

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Who needs a license?

If you carry a firearm while on duty working for a licensed private security guard company, you must have an armed private security guard license.


To be licensed as an armed private security guard, you must:

  • Be licensed as an unarmed private security guard.
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a current firearms certificate issued by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC). For a list of firearm instructors, visit the WSCJTC website.

How to apply

  1. Submit all of the following
  2. Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks.
    • Inside Washington: Go to to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type.
    • Outside Washington: Call the Security Guard program at 360.664.6611 for fingerprint card submission instructions.
    • For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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