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How to get your armed private security guard license

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We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

You need a license if you carry a firearm while on duty working for a licensed private security guard company.

Requirements

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

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a current firearms certificate issued by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC).
  • Have a completed fingerprint and background check.

What you'll need

How to apply

You can apply online or by mail.

Online

Create your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online

Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:
Private Security Guard Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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