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How to get your private security guard company license

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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