How to get your private security guard company license

The Security Guard application has changed. The applications are now in 4 categories: Initial, Renewal, Transfer/Rehire, and Duplicate License request. To prevent delays in processing your application, ensure you're using the correct application for the transaction type you want to complete.

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
  • 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

  1. Submit all of the following:
    • A completed Private Security Guard Company/Qualifying Principal License Application
    • The non-refundable application fee
    • Proof of 3 years of 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.
  2. Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks.
    • Inside Washington: Go to to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type.
    • Outside Washington: Call the Security Guard program at 360.664.6611 for fingerprint card submission instructions.
    • For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.

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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