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How to get your unarmed private security guard 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 dolelicensingsupport@dol.wa.gov or 360.664.0200, option 7.

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.

Requirements

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 a job offer from, a licensed private security guard company.
  • Complete the pre-assignment training requirements.
  • Have a completed fingerprint and background check.

What you'll need

A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.

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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