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How to get your private security guard company license

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access. If you need help with the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

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?

Any 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.
  • Have 3 years' experience as a manager, supervisor, or administrator in the private security business, a related field, or pass an exam.
  • Have a physical business within Washington.
  • Have a valid business license with the Department of Revenue.
  • Have a completed fingerprint and background check.

What you'll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
    • If you don't have one, you'll be able to create one before you start. For help visit How to set up account access.
    • A certificate of liability insurance with minimum coverage of $25,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage.

How to apply


  • Prepare your documents for upload
    • Certificate of liability insurance
  • Create your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online
Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

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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