How to get your private security guard company license

Who needs a license?

You must have private security guard company license to operate a business that provides security guard services on contract.


  • All company owners, partners or qualifying agents must be:
    • At least 21 years old.
    • A United States citizen or resident alien.
  • You must have:
    • No criminal convictions that directly relate to your capacity to perform the duties of a private security guard and/or hinders public safety. (See Recommended sanctions for details about criminal convictions.)
    • A physical location of the business within Washington.
    • A valid business license with the Department of Revenue.

How to apply

Submit all of the following:

  • A completed Private Security Guard/ Qualifying Principal License Application.
  • The non-refundable application fee.
  • 1 completed fingerprint card.
  • Proof of 3 years’ experience as a manager, supervisor, or administrator in a security guard business or related field. An examination will be scheduled within 3 weeks of receipt of a paid application if no experience is provided.
  • A certificate of liability insurance with minimum coverage of $25,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage.

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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