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How to renew your license: Security guards

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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.

Things to know

  • License expires every year.
  • You can renew 120 days before your license expires.

What you'll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
  • Supporting documents ready to upload for legal background questions if applicable.

How to renew

Private security guard company

Before you renew

You'll need to renew the company license and the associated principal/qualifying agent license.

You can renew online or by mail.

Online

Create or use your SAW account to renew and pay your fees online.

Start renewal

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:

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


Unarmed or armed private security guard

You can renew online.

Online

  • Prepare your documents for upload, if applicable.
  • Create or use your SAW account to renew and pay your fees online.

Start renewal

Temporary registration cards aren't to be used for guards with expired licenses.


Certified trainer endorsement

The endorsement renewal fee is an additional $15 plus your unarmed or armed security guard renewal fee.

You can renew by mail.

By mail

Send the following:

  • Completed Security Guard Renewal Application.
  • Supporting documents for legal background questions, if applicable
  • Check or money order for the exam fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).

Mail to:

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

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