How to get your unarmed private security guard license


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

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Be employed by, or have an employment offer from, a licensed private security guard company.
  • Have no criminal convictions that directly relate to your capacity to perform the duties of a private security guard or that hinder public safety. (See Recommended Sanctions for details about criminal convictions.)
  • Complete the pre-assignment training requirements.

How to apply

Apply directly to the security guard company you wish to work for. To apply, submit all of the following:

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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