Private Security Licensing

Overview

Both state and local authorities throughout the country heavily regulate the Private Security Industry. Each jurisdiction has unique licensing laws, application requirements, and, very often, multitudes of forms that must be completed in order to obtain just one license. Given our experience regarding specific jurisdictional requirements, LicenseLogix will streamline the process of determining and obtaining the proper licenses for your business. We provide comprehensive research regarding your private security company licensing requirements, and we prepare error-free application packets, minimizing time-consuming and costly delays.

Background

Due to the intrinsically dangerous nature of the industry, Private Security Companies are heavily regulated by both state and local licensing authorities. The most basic private security company license application generally requires a fee, training certification, fingerprints, proof of experience, a credit report, a surety bond, and/or a certificate of insurance. Further documentation may be required depending on whether the security guards will be armed or unarmed, uniformed or plain-clothed, stationary or patrol. For example, if the security guards will be armed, additional permitting or weapons training will very likely be required. If the security guards will be uniformed, photographs of uniforms and badges may be requested.

Many states with statewide private security regulations allow local jurisdictions to adopt their own regulations, which are often more stringent. When Private Security Companies are not regulated at the state level, they are almost always regulated, just as heavily, at the local level. Furthermore, your employees that will be providing security services (security guards) are likely to have individual licensing requirements to which they must adhere.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

States impose various penalties on not only unlicensed Private Security Companies, but also on licensed Private Security Companies employing unlicensed guards. Such penalties may include a Cease and Desist Order, fines, or even imprisonment. Some states, such as California and Oregon, may even create entire departments that are tasked only with seeking out these unlicensed security service providers.

How we help your business:

  1. We stay up-to-date with changing requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
  2. We complete license applications efficiently and correctly, allowing your in-house staff to save valuable time struggling to obtain the proper licenses.
  3. Once your license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all licensing laws.

More Resources:

- National Association of Security Companies


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